11 Refreshing Basil Salad Recipes

Have you heard of the new refreshing salads with a tinge of herb? Basil salads! Okay, maybe they aren’t new but they are definitely refreshing and delicious.

Amazingly, you can get tons of combinations that will get you serving your family and guests different basil delicacies.

I can’t wait to lay bare the “secret” recipes I held onto for surprise summer treats for my family this past summer. Ooh, I am pretty sure you will love them if you read this.

Refreshing Basil Salad Recipes

So Many Basil Herb Combinations!

As a whole, you can basically get all fruit combinations to squeeze in a basil taste. From sour and sweet to bitter tastes, the herb has literally no limitations.

So, why don’t we skip to 11 of the top basil recipes?

Balsamic and Basil Berry Salad

Recipe Requirements:

⦁ Blueberries
⦁ Strawberries
⦁ Basil leaves
⦁ Balsamic vinegar
⦁ Olive oil
⦁ salt

I never get enough of berries, and not just because they are healthy detoxifying little things; they appeal to the taste buds. And when you can get balsamic vinegar and basil leaves to add to the flavor, you may just get your top best summer salad.

Typically, it would help to put the blueberries and strawberries together in a bowl. Nonetheless, consider cutting the strawberries in half to at least get to the size level of the blueberries. 

Next, sprinkle the fruits with balsamic vinegar and then the accessory ingredients. Finish the preparation with nicely sliced basil leaves, and mix them all for uniformity. 

Basil Lime Fruit Salad

The salad is most delicious when served fresh, but I love to let it sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving it during the hot season.

Recipe Requirements:

⦁ Strawberries
⦁ Peaches
⦁ Mangoes
⦁ Kiwi
⦁ Basil leaves
⦁ Honey 
⦁ Lime syrup

Have you thought of the perfect mixed fruit and basil salad that will go with that brunch stake? Because I happen to have a recipe that just fits the occasion; fruits that are entirely different from each other, with additional basil and honey. And hey, now we also get to add a lime flavor!

The number of fruits you use will depend on the number of guests or household members you have. Then, you can cut the fruits in your favorite cuts; my favorites are square-like shapes for all the fruits, with whole basil leaves gracing the sides of the salad bowl.

Honey and lime syrup not only allow you to keep the refrigerated delicacy longer, but they also add that sour-sweet flavor you want for your side salad.

Honey, Lime, Basil, Peach Fruit Salad

Recipe Requirements:

⦁ Yellow peaches
⦁ Pomegranate 
⦁ Blueberries
⦁ Blackberries
⦁ Basil leaves
⦁ Honey
⦁ Lime juice

Imagine all the juicy farm berry harvest with a peach for your basil recipe. Now add the lime for a distinct sour taste. 

Other than the peach, which is obviously hard on its own, you can keep the rest whole. Regardless of the uniformity, you need from the recipe; there is no way that your salad ends up looking all mashed up.

You will love it if you take the salad fresh, though you can consider a couple of hours in the refrigerator for a cooling effect. And yes, you can actually skip the wine because this delicacy will get you quenching your non-water thirst.

Finally, you can present the salad with each fruit in its place or mix them up for a rainbow outlook. Either way, the cut basil leaves still add a unique outlook to the mix.

Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Fresh Basil

Recipe Requirements: 

⦁ Canned chickpeas
⦁ Grape tomatoes
⦁ Basil leaves
⦁ Red wine vinegar
⦁ Garlic
⦁ Apple cider vinegar
⦁ Honey
⦁ Olive oil
⦁ Salt 

I never thought chickpeas and tomatoes would make the perfect salad, and basil was definitely not going to change my mind. So, it was a good thing that I actually got the idea after getting a serving. I still can’t believe it was so amazing.

Basically, the chickpeas are rinsed and dried, then mixed with tomatoes, already cut into two. The basil leaves are cut into large pieces, and all the ingredients are tossed for a uniform mix.

As expected, all the flavors will mix with the tossing. However, I did not expect that they bring out the best vegetable salad delicacy for a side dish.

Watermelon Caprese Appetizer

Recipe Ingredients:

⦁ Watermelon 
⦁ Mozzarella cheese
⦁ Basil sprigs and leaves
⦁ Balsamic vinegar
⦁ Olive oil
⦁ Ground black pepper
⦁ Salt 

Watermelon is the first fruit that comes to mind for an appetizer, but let’s be honest; it can be boring to have close to the same fruit all the time. But what if you could add a tinge of liveliness to the watermelon?

Imagine this; a balled watermelon piece up on a chopstick, followed by soft basil leaves, and finishing up with nicely cut mozzarella cheese. Then, the stick is sprinkled with balsamic vinegar, black pepper, and salt.

You can chill it for a few minutes in the freezer before serving it for the summer lunch. Did you already get your mouth watered just by imagining the treat? A real appetizer, right? 

So, get on to giving the same experience to your guest; only next time will it be practical!

Watermelon Basil Salad

Recipe Requirements:

⦁ Watermelon
⦁ Feta cheese
⦁ Large basil leaves
⦁ Pepitas
⦁ Olive oil
⦁ Lime syrup
⦁ pepper
⦁ Salt

Another watermelon and cheese idea for your basil salad? Absolutely! 

Only this time, we will use feta cheese, which will stick to the watermelon. On top of that, we are adding a lime flavor that counters the sweet melon taste, leaving your taste glands in an argument.

Basically, put the olive oil in your preparation bowl, and add lime, pepper, and salt. Then, dip chopped watermelon pieces into the mixture, which will allow the pumpkin seeds and feta cheese to stick graciously onto the watermelon.

You may love it chilled if it is hot outdoors, so refrigerate the salad for half an hour. I will advise you to serve it immediately while all the flavors feel chilled yet fresh.

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Recipe Requirements:

⦁ Watermelon
⦁ Cucumber
⦁ Basil leaves
⦁ Feta 
⦁ Balsamic vinegar
⦁ Olive oil
⦁ Pepper
⦁ Salt
⦁ Honey 

Wait, watermelon and cucumber in the same serving? Exactly!

First, you will require a large bowl because you will do a lot of tossing with this treat. I also prefer mixing the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and honey in one. Alternatively, simply get an all-in-one dressing with all the ingredients.

 So, cut the cucumber and watermelon into sizes and shapes that appeal to your eyes. Preferably, each piece should fit a bite.

Next, put the fruit and vegetable into the large bowl, and sprinkle the dressing onto the mixture. Toss the cucumber and watermelon in the bowl until they soak up the dressing. Then, place the cut basil leaves onto the mixture, followed closely by the feta cheese.

Finally, serve the delicacy immediately while it still has its fresh and appealing outlook.

Summer Peach and Basil with Feta

Recipe Requirements:

⦁ Peach fruits
⦁ Feta cheese
⦁ Basil leaves
⦁ White vinegar
⦁ Ground pepper

Have you ever had impromptu guests and wished you had a quick salad in mind for a snack as you prepared something for them? When it’s summer and peaches the season’s fruits, maybe you shouldn’t have to worry.

This quick escape recipe involves chopping peach fruits into random cubes. Next, put the small crumbles of feta on top of the pieces. Then, you will rip the basil leaves into small broad pieces and add them to the mixed pieces. 

Finally, sprinkle vinegar dressing and the ground pepper, and get ready to receive your guests with a unique delicacy that does not take half an hour of your time.

Tomato Basil Cucumber Salad

Recipe Requirements:

⦁ Heirloom tomatoes
⦁ Cucumber 
⦁ Basil leaves
⦁ Red onions
⦁ Vinegar
⦁ Olive oil
⦁ Sesame seeds and dijon mustard

When you decide to go vegan, taking time to enjoy vegetables is so much fun simply. And tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil leaves are a combination you cannot ignore. At least not when you already have them in your fridge, or you probably need just to source a couple of ingredients outdoors.

So, start by cutting the tomatoes into your preferred shapes and sizes. Next in, cut cucumbers into the tomatoes, and add whole basil leaves. Red onions cut into thin slices come next before putting the dressing.

Lastly, toss the ingredients to get them all mixed up, and get yourself a fork for a tantalizing typical vegan dish.

Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Recipe Requirements:

⦁ Tomatoes
⦁ Avocado
⦁ Mozzarella cheese
⦁ Basil leaves
⦁ Balsamic vinegar
⦁ Honey 
⦁ Olive oil

You must love avocado in your salad if you have a hot spot in Los Angeles. So, let’s make an outstanding avocado and tomato and add a few more ingredients to appease the taste buds. Good for you; the recipe is so simple it won’t take much of your time.

Primarily, you should half the tomatoes, then add them to nicely sliced avocado pieces. Next, add cubes of mozzarella cheese, then finely chopped basil leaves. Then, you can dress the salad with honey, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil, whose additional taste rhyme with the main ingredients.

The salad is not only suitable for an appetizer but also an excellent side dish for grilled meat.

Melon Basil Burrata Salad with Crispy Prosciutto

Recipe Requirements:

⦁ Melon 
⦁ Cherry tomatoes
⦁ Basil leaves
⦁ Burrata cheese
⦁ Balsamic fig vinaigrette
⦁ Crispy prosciutto 

You do not always get crispy prosciutto in a salad recipe, but this recipe should give you second thoughts. While the melon and tomatoes give you a fleshy sweet taste, the burrata cheese brings in a soft side, and the basil leaves a herbal taste. Then the crispy prosciutto brings in the missing crispy crunch.

Even better, the recipe does not restrict you to the type and number of melon types you can include. Therefore, it is up to your creativity to bring out the perfect treat.

So, cut the melons into cubes, then half the tomatoes. Add a couple of burrata cheese, then put whole leaves of basil into the mix. Top it up with crispy prosciutto, and dress it all up in balsamic fig vinaigrette. 

Serve while still fresh!

Wrapping Up

Basil is an anti-inflammatory herb that will help manage arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. However, it is also a food ingredient. And, rather than take it at its medicinal value, you can add it to your salad for a more exquisite taste while looking after your health.

It is a beautiful addition to fruit and vegetable salad. Better still, it also gives an excuse to ring together fruits and vegetables you once thought incompatible. 

True, the recipes above give you an express way into different combinations. However, they also help expand your creativity into other explorative treats. 

11 Refreshing Basil Salad Recipes

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