10 Favorite Fresh and Sweet Basil Recipes

5 minutes
January 18, 2023

Want some sweet basil recipe ideas that are easy to make and still super elegant to serve at any gathering? These basil recipes round-up is perfect to inspire the cook in you! However don’t take my word, go and try them yourself and let us all know your thoughts on them in the comment section below. Why consuming basil is super ok for your health? First of all, having antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties, basil helps maintain skin health, boosts digestion and detoxifies the body. Moreover, it helps in the prevention and cure of diseases like cancer or diabetes. Last but not least, fresh basil contains Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Iron, Manganese, Calcium, and essential oils.

1. Seared Scallops With Basil Risotto

If you want a fancy meal that will impress any peaky guest out there, this sweet basil recipe is your winner. The caramelized crust and meaty interior of scallops combined with basil-pineapple risotto is an elegant dish that is ready to compete with any five-star restaurant meal!

2. White Pizza With Shaved Vegetables and Pesto

Want a pizza specially made for a fit and healthy mum? Well, this white pizza with pesto and veggies is your partner in crime! You don’t have to share it with any of your greedy little monsters; let them eat their salami pizza! This sweet basil recipe for healthy pizza will be your new favorite snack, believe me! 

The fresh white pizza has a base of full-of-flavor pesto and white cheese topped with a generous salad of all our favorite green vegetables. Even though I choose to use asparagus, zucchini, leeks, watercress, and basil, you can go wild. Add all your favorite veggies and transform this recipe into your own special treat!

3. Grilled Coconut Shrimp With Shishito Peppers

Learn how to rock succulent shrimp on the grill and pair it with a lightly spicy and savory shishito for the perfect appetizer. This simple and fresh dish will impress any shrimp lover with the surprising coconut and basil flavors. Master any chill or elegant gathering with a refreshing still full of flavor grilled shrimp with shishito platter!

4. Pesto Pasta Salad

One of the most popular ways to serve pasta; you can find this basil recipe at almost every restaurant! A simple and still flavorful way to serve your pasta. This dish is sure to satisfy any last-minute guest and it also looks pretty elegant. Not to mention this is surely one of the quickest and easiest pasta salad recipes.

5. Grilled Sweet Corn With Basil Butter

Basil butter… The creaminess of fatty natural butter paired with the basil’s freshness make the perfect match for the crispy grilled corn. If you never tried to make sweet corn on the grill, it’s time for a change! This sweet basil recipe is one of my favorite side dishes for summer gatherings. It’s 100% a croud pleaser and also so easy to prepare!

6. Summer Squash and Basil Pasta

For any squash lovers out there: pair a well cooked squash with fresh basil leaves and al dente pasta for a fancy and fresh dish everyone would enjoy! This is one secret recipe I use whenever I want my kids to eat their squash. 

Fall is the season that just requires eating pumpkin and squash in all sorts of recipes. So, don’t hesitate to try this one, too!

7. Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder With Zesty Basil Sauce

This chimichurri-style fresh basil sauce balances the pork stew’s richness with bright zesty flavors. An amazing make ahead dish for dinner , especially if it’s a special occasion and you have to get ready in the meantime, too! Just toss the pork shoulder in the slow cooker and let it cook itself, while the sweet basil sauce is super easy to prepare ahead.

8. Strawberry and Basil-Cornmeal Shortcakes With Vanilla

Whipped Cream

The balance between the sweetness of the strawberries and the freshness and flavor of fresh basil is something that is sure to impress your taste buds. Not to mention that these fresh tastes are paired with a fluffy cornmeal shortcake, all of which are topped with vanilla whipped cream.

9. Fancy and Beautiful Tomato Salad

One of my favorite salads out there; especially when it’s hot outside! Just toss some cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, mozzarella cheese, olive oil, and your favorite seasonings (for me, salt and pepper is enough). So, there you have it: a fresh, healthy, and full of flavors salad!

10. Provencal Chicken With Tomatoes, Olives, and Basil

This sweet basil recipe is one of those amazingly easy, one-pan dinners, delicious and quick, using both fresh ingredients and pantry staples. This provencial chicken is a perfect way to bring the feeling of the warm season in Provence to your family table!


Finally, this is your sweet basil recipes round-up! I hope you’ll find at least one idea here that fits your preferences and taste. However, when it comes to using basil in cooking, sky’s the limit! So, if you have any other crazy ideas and recommendations, don’t hesitate to share them all with us! I expect all your further questions and tights about my sweet basil recipe ideas list in the comment section below.


Rosie is the proud owner of two rescue cats and her current obsessions are fitness, photography, and ethnic cuisine. Her mission is to share easy and scrumptious recipes that anyone, even the busiest of readers, can recreate.

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