Basil one of the most fragrant and beautiful ingredients that you can add to salads. It is healthy, high on fibre, adds to the taste and also provides you with an immensely satiating experience. The best part is that the basil leaves are highly versatile too. You can add them to all kinds of cuisines and different international salads.
So Here Are 10 Amazing Recipes That Use Basil Leaves-
Tomato, Mozzarella And Basil Salad
Just take about 1/2 a pound of cherry tomatoes and slice them into halves. Then take one Mozzarella chunk and slice it into rounds too. Now wash and tear some basil leaves. Finally grate 2-3 cloves of garlic, mix 2-3 spoons of extra virgin olive oil into it with a dash of pepper, salt and vinaigrette. Mix all of these well and then pour over the ingredients. Serve fresh.
Thai Basil Salad
For this salad, take a mix of any fresh tropic fruits. Here you can use oranges, pineapple, guava, etc. Chop all of these well in cube shapes. Now take some palm sugar and mix it well with a little lemon juice, and shake well. Drizzle all over the fruits and add torn basil leaves, along with some red chilly flakes. Season and serve.
Raw Mango and Basil Salad
Grate a whole sweet raw mango. The strands should be long and drain it well to ensure that there is no water left. Then grind some peanuts and tear some basil leaves. Prepare the dressing by mixing some fish or oyster sauce, a touch of shrimp paste if you want and some palm sugar and kafir lime juice. Mix well together and then put together all ingredients. Serve Cold.
For this salad, you first need to prepare the dressing. Mix together some white wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic, some sugar and also herbs of your choice. Then slice some greek feta cheese. For the salad ingredients you need Greek basil leaves, some sliced fruits and veggies like pineapple, tomatoes, cucumber, etc. mix taught everything and serve cold.
Chicken and Basil Salad
Here you can use either leftover chicken from the night before or even fresh chicken breasts that has been roasted for a while. Then you have to mix it together with some whipped yogurt, a few cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, a dash of ketchup, tobacco sauce and finally basil leaves that are torn. Now mix all ingredients well and let it cool.
Leafy Basil Salad
This is a salad recipe that makes use of mostly leaves like spinach, kale, rocket leaves and of course basil. It is low on calories and high on taste. Mix together these ingredients with a light lemon dressing, with some garlic and ginger. Toss well and throw in some nuts for added taste.
Crunchy Basil Mexican Salad
This is a one-bowl salad made from left overs. Take some left over nachos and crush them all over the plate. Now to this throw in different coloured tomatoes like yellow, green, red, etc. along with capsicum, jalapeños, basil leaves and some salsa sauce. Mix well and season.
Hot Basil And Tofu Salad
This is not really a hot salad it is just spicy. Crush some green and red chillies along with with some kaffir lime juices, some lemon peel, a dash of honey, salt and pepper and of course lots of crushed peanuts. Now slice and gently grill the tofu. While warm, mix it with this salad dressing and add torn basil leaves. Now gently mix again and serve it either warm or cold.
Cold Basil and Pasta Salad
Take some plain boiled pasta like penne or even macaroni. To this you have to add some hung curd or even sour cream, mixed with a little ketchup, garlic cloves, chopped cherry tomatoes, torn basil leaves and some parsley. Add some red wine finally and mix all ingredients together. Serve hot.
Water chestnut And Basil Salad
Boil some water chestnuts and then let them soak in some red curry paste. To make this paste, you need to mix some chillies, coriander leaves, cumin powder, lemon peel grated, garlic, ginger and salt, and basil leaves and lemon juice. Mix everything in a blender. Let the chestnuts soak in the marinate for 2 hours. Then tear some more basil on top and serve cold.
Rice and Basil Salad
In a bowl, take some rice, black or red kidney beans that are boiled, chopped tomatoes, green chillies, onions, cilantro, basil leaves and some lemon juice. Mix all of the ingredients together. Add the water of the beans to the salad to give a little texture. Serve cold.
Watermelon And Basil Stick Salad
Slice cubes of water melon and mix them with some lemon juice and basil puree. Now put them in the refrigerator. Once out arrange one melon on a stick followed by one big basil leaf. Do this till you have 2-3 melons on a stick. Serve as a cold cocktail salad.