Most of us tend to associate salads with dieting. But that’s not true! Salads are good. Salads are yummy. Salads can be your best friend!
Basil is a popular herb used for seasoning various kinds of food. It is a highly fragrant plant. It prominently features in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. It is quite popular in Southeast Asian cuisines of Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and the cuisine of Taiwan. Why am I telling you all this about basil? Because today we’ll learn a few basil leaf salad recipes! If you are a salad lover, I am sure you’ll love these. And if you are just testing the waters when it comes to salads, then is the best place to start!
Salad With Basil Leaves – Learn the Top 10 Recipes:
Always add basil at the last moment to the dish, for cooking it for a long time can destroy its flavor. You can use fresh leaves as well as their dried version for your cooking. However, I would recommend fresh ones, as they are more flavorful. So, ready for some salad fun? Read on!
1. Rice Noodles with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Parmesan & Basil:
- Prepare the noodles according to pack instructions, then drain.
- Heat the oil, then fry the sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic for 3 minutes.
- Toss the noodles and most of the cheese and basil into the pan, season, then scatter over the remaining cheese and basil.
2. Rainbow Pasta Salad:
- Put two different peppers and onion cut into thin wedges in a roasting tin and drizzle with little olive oil.
- Roast for 20 minutes; add cherry tomatoes for the final 5 minutes.
- Leave to cool. Toss cooked pasta with the vegetables, olive oil, the feta cheese, and chopped basil and serve hot hot pasta salad with basil leaves.
3. Tomato, Olive, and Mozzarella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette:
- Cut Cherry tomatoes into bite-sized chunks; add black olives cut in half.
- Add same sized mozzarella cheese to this.
- Chop or tear basil into small pieces.
- Mix chopped basil into vinaigrette dressing, and then gently combine the dressing with the tomato mixture.
- Season the salad to taste with fresh ground black pepper.
- Serve immediately.
4. Basil Caesar Salad:
- Toss bread cut in small pieces with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
- Toast in oven, until golden.
- Combine garlic, egg, lemon juice, anchovy paste, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in food processor.
- Add 1-cup basil leaves, and ½-cup parsley and 6 tablespoons oil and blend until dressing turns green and herbs finely chopped.
- Toss romaine with dressing, croutons, and a half of cup coarsely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese in a large bowl.
- Sprinkle with remaining cheese and serve.
5. Feta Cheese with Basil Salad:
- Place the walnuts in a small skillet over medium heat.
- Cook, until golden brown.
- In a bowl, gently mix the walnuts, cut tomatoes, sliced basil, sliced green onions, diced avocado, crumbled feta cheese with basil and sun-dried tomatoes, chopped Kalamata olives, and diced red bell pepper.
- Season with garlic salt, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil.
- Allow to sit about 15 minutes, and toss again just before serving.
6. Tomato and Bread Salad with Red Onion:
- Pour vinegar into small bowl.
- Gradually whisk in oil.
- Use salt and pepper tosSeason vinaigrette.
- Place old French bread in large bowl.
- Pour in enough cold water to cover bread. Soak 5 minutes.
- Squeeze bread to remove as much liquid as possible.
- Coarsely crumble bread into a bowl.
- Add cut tomatoes, onion, and basil.
- Toss with enough vinaigrette to coat.
- Add salt and pepper, if required.
7. Fresh Corn Salad with Scallions and Basil:
- Toss cooked corn kernels in a large bowl with the oil, vinegar, finely sliced scallions, salt, and pepper.
- Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Just before serving, toss in the fresh basil.
- Taste and adjust seasoning.
8. Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil:
- Toss together cooked chickpeas, cut cherry tomatoes, chopped basil leaves, and minced garlic, with a little red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, honey, and salt.
- Chill for twenty minutes and serve.
9. Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad:
- Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella and arrange casually with the basil leaves on a large platter.
- Drizzle with olive oil.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve at room temperature.
10. Thai Inspired Basil and Melon Salad with Peanuts:
- Toss together cubed Watermelon, cubed cantaloupe, cubed honeydew, 2 tsp lime Juice, ground red pepper, salted Peanuts and fresh basil leaves.
- Served chilled.
Once you have had a mouthful of any of these salads, you will be asking for more. You will be pleasantly surprised at how even kids will spoon up these nutritious salads in barely minutes. Easy to put together and great on nutrition—these are a few must try salads!
Do you like salads? Share your favorite basil salad recipes if you know any with us in the comments section below.