Basil Recipes that are Not Pesto

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How to use basil in recipes other than pesto?

Basil is a such a fragrant herb that adds incredible flavor to everything from appetizers to dinner ideas.

Recipe Ideas for using Basil that are not Pesto

  • Margarita Pizza
  • Prosciutto Pizza
  • Garlic pasta with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil
  • Prosciutto appetizer with apples
  • Bruschetta

Basil is such a great addition to pizza! Even if you’re not making a margarita pizza, adding basil to your favorite pizza will give it a delicious favoring!

prosciutto pizza with fresh basil and nectarines
Prosciutto pizza with fresh basil, grilled nectarines, and balsamic reduction
homemade margarita pizza
Margarita pizza

Any easy way to spice up your favorite pasta dish is to add basil. Try making this garlic pasta dish topped with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes. The flavor of the basil really comes out in it!

There are a ton of appetizer recipes to try with fresh basil.

Here are 2 of my favorite basil appetizer recipes.

Prosciutto Appetizer with Apples

Flavor packed appetizer served on a sliced baguette
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, bread
Yield: 10 people

Materials

  • 100 grams prosciutto separated into long 6 cm pieces x 1 cm width
  • 2 tbsp fig jam
  • 10 leaves basil fresh
  • 1/2 apple thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic reduction
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 baguette sliced

Instructions

  • Slice baguette into rounds that are ~1 cm thick
  • Brush baguette slices with olive oil
  • Toast baguette slices for 2 min on broil high in the oven
  • Remove baguette slices from the oven and set on a serving plate
  • Using a knife, apply a bit of fig jam to each of the baguette slices
  • Place 1 basil leaf on top of each of the baguette slices
  • Cut the apple in half. Cut the halves in half. Remove the seeds/center bits. Slice the apple thinly so they fit nicely on the baguette slices.
  • Place the prosciutto on top of the apple slices
  • Top with a bit of balsamic reduction

Notes

prosciutto appetizer with fig jam

Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

How to make roasted tomato bruschetta with fresh basil, restaurant style
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time22 mins
Total Time52 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, bread, bruschetta
Yield: 2 people

Materials

  • 1 pkg cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil cut into strips
  • 1/2 baguette sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for brushing bread
  • 1 garlic clove cut in half
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Place cherry tomatoes into a small bowl and drizzle olive oil on top. Add salt and pepper. Mix gently with a spoon until all the tomatoes are covered in oil.
  • On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place tomatoes evenly dispersed on the pan.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 min.
  • While the tomatoes are baking, slice half of the baguette. Brush each piece of baguette with olive oil on one side.
  • Once the tomatoes are finished baking, preheat the oven to broil on high.
  • Broil the bread for 1-2 min, watch carefully. Only toast them until your desired doneness.
  • Place the tomatoes into a small bowl and add fresh cut basil. Mix them together with a spoon.
  • After the bread has finished toasting, rub each piece of bread with the cut side of the garlic. This gives it just a hint of garlic flavor, without being overpowering.
  • Add tomato mixture onto the bread pieces.
  • Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

homemade bruschetta
homemade bruschetta with basil
Recipes

Watermelon Mango Salsa Recipe

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Watermelon and mango salsa is a go to dish in the summer. It’s best eaten when you can get all of the ingredients when they are in their prime.

The sweeter the fruit, the better the watermelon mango salsa recipe will taste.

Watermelon Mango Salsa Recipe

What can you eat watermelon and mango salsa with

  • tortilla chips
  • tacos
  • fajitas
  • quesadillas
  • burritos
  • enchiladas

One of my favorite dishes to serve is fish (salmon) topped with watermelon and mango salsa. It’s refreshing, and a burst of flavor that goes well with salmon.

What can you eat watermelon and mango salsa with

How to make fresh watermelon mango salsa by hand

Get your biggest cutting board out and get ready to start chopping!

It’s best if you start with the bigger fruits – watermelon and pineapple first.

Cut the larger fruit pieces into ~ 0.5 cm pieces.

They will fit on a tortilla chip well if you cut them this size.

watermelon mango salsa recipe

How long is fresh watermelon mango salsa good for

Watermelon mango salsa is best served in the first 2 days, but you can keep in the fridge for up to 3 days after making it.

fresh watermelon salsa recipe

Watermelon Mango Salsa Recipe

How to make watermelon and mango salsa recipe.
Prep Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword: salsa
Yield: 3 cups

Materials

  • 1/2 cup watermelon cubed
  • 1 mango cubed
  • 1/4 pineapple cubed
  • 1 jalapeno finely chopped, seeds removed
  • 1/2 small red pepper finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch paprika
  • pinch cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Chop watermelon, mango, and pineapple into small pieces ~ 1/2 cm cubed. Put them into a medium size bowl
  • Put on gloves. Begin to cut jalapeno in half. Remove all of the seeds and membrane from the jalapeno. Discard these. Finely cut the jalapeno into tiny pieces. Add these to your bowl. Wipe the surface of your cutting board clean and discard gloves.
  • Finely chop red onion and red pepper, add these to your bowl.
  • Juice lime and add it to your salsa.
  • Pour olive oil over salsa. Add salt, paprika and cumin to taste.
  • Your salsa is ready to serve. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
How long is fresh watermelon mango salsa good for

Party Chip Dip

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Best Cream Cheese Chip Dip Recipe

How to make a cream cheese dip recipe for your next party.
Prep Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, chip dip, dip
Yield: 12 people

Equipment

  • Large serving platter
  • hand mixer/stand mixer

Materials

  • 1 pkg cream cheese softened
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 3-4 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 bag tortilla chips

Instructions

  • Beat together cream cheese and mayonnaise until fully combined.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture with the back of a spoon onto large serving plated until ~ 1/3 – 1/2 cm thick.
  • Pour salsa onto cream cheese mixture and spread with the back of a spoon until it fully covers the edges.
  • Sprinkle green onions and tomatoes all over the salsa.
  • Cover the whole dip in cheddar cheese.
  • Serve immediately with tortilla chips or store covered in fridge until ready to serve.

Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

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Step by step guide how to make roasted cherry tomato bruschetta recipe in about 30 minutes.

Roast your tomatoes in the oven with drizzled olive oil.

Mix with fresh basil when it comes out of the oven.

Make your own crostini breads by brushing your baguette with olive oil and toasting them on high heat.

When they come out of the oven, rub the breads with garlic to give them a hint of garlic flavor that won’t be overpowering.

Our roasted cherry tomato bruschetta recipe is a restaurant style bruschetta that is to die for!

Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

How to make roasted tomato bruschetta with fresh basil, restaurant style
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time22 mins
Total Time52 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, bread, bruschetta
Yield: 2 people

Materials

  • 1 pkg cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil cut into strips
  • 1/2 baguette sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for brushing bread
  • 1 garlic clove cut in half
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Place cherry tomatoes into a small bowl and drizzle olive oil on top. Add salt and pepper. Mix gently with a spoon until all the tomatoes are covered in oil.
  • On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place tomatoes evenly dispersed on the pan.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 min.
  • While the tomatoes are baking, slice half of the baguette. Brush each piece of baguette with olive oil on one side.
  • Once the tomatoes are finished baking, preheat the oven to broil on high.
  • Broil the bread for 1-2 min, watch carefully. Only toast them until your desired doneness.
  • Place the tomatoes into a small bowl and add fresh cut basil. Mix them together with a spoon.
  • After the bread has finished toasting, rub each piece of bread with the cut side of the garlic. This gives it just a hint of garlic flavor, without being overpowering.
  • Add tomato mixture onto the bread pieces.
  • Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

homemade bruschetta
Bruschetta