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  • Nash's Basil
  • $2.99 for a 1/4-lb bag at Nash's Farm Store this week
  • How to Use Fresh Basil—

    •    Pesto is the most common way to use fresh basil. Great with fish and pasta.
    •    Stuff some sprigs of fresh basil into your favorite olive oil to infuse it.
    •    Stack slices of tomato, Mozzarella cheese and a fresh basil leaf and drizzle with Balsamic vinegar.
    •    Tomato, Watermelon and Basil Skewers
    •    A summer veggie soup with added ribbons of basil has seasonal flair.
    •    Chop basil into your favorite salad.
    •    Toss whole basil leaves on your favorite pizza when it’s hot out of the oven.
    •    Tomato and basil are a match made in seafood heaven.
    •    Use aromatic basil to add punch to your everyday side dishes.
    •    Basil also goes well with fruit like watermelon, lime, lemon, mango and strawberries.
    •    Don’t forget your cocktails! Muddle basil into lemon or berry-based drinks, like daiquiris.

    Store basil in a closed plastic or glass container at room temperature.

    Garlic Spinach Basil Dip

    Use as a dip for veggies or strawberries, or use the dip to top baked potatoes. As a dressing it’s excellent on any salad, but really good with a salad made from lettuce, spinach, strawberries, Walla Walla onions, and pecans.

    1 cup oil
    2 tablespoon cider vinegar
    1 teaspoon honey
    5-6 leaves spinach
    4 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
    5-6 large fresh basil leaves
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 garlic scapes, chopped
    1 cup nonfat Greek or plain yogurt
    For pourable dressing, add a small amount of buttermilk to thin.

    Blend all ingredients except yogurt for about a minute. Add yogurt and give it a brief blending. Chill about an hour. Keeps for about a week in refrigerator in closed container.

    Thanks to Pam Maurides for this recipe.