10 Amazing Recipes to Make with Freshly Grown Basil

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With windowsill planters, container gardens and indoor hydroponic growers rising in popularity, society seems to be normalizing the idea of growing food at home (thank goodness!). There’s something about harvesting fresh fruits, veggies and herbs you’ve grown on your own that triggers senses of joy and accomplishment like no other. Whether you live in a small apartment dwelling or a house on acres of land, you have the ability to grow your own food. Here are a few ways to get started:

What is the easiest herb to grow indoors?

Basil! If you have a window that provides a decent amount of light, you’re in good shape. No window? No problem! Basil grows particularly well under artificial light as well, such as a regular compact fluorescent bulb.

Maybe you already have some growing, or perhaps you’re thinking about getting started after reading this article. Either way, the following 10 delicious recipes will inspire you to grab a bag of seeds and get planting. Fortunately, basil grows pretty quickly. This healthy herb is ready to harvest in just three to four weeks!

10 Fresh Basil Recipes to Make with Your Basil Plant

1. Vegan Green Goddess Pasta Salad

Vegan Green Goddess Pasta Salad | Vitacost.com/Blog

2. Roasted Tomato Tart with Cauliflower Cream “Cheese”

Homemade Savory Tomato & “Cheese” Pie Tart | Vitacost.com/Blog

3. Kale & Quinoa Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Miso Tahini

Kale & Quinoa Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Miso Tahini Dressing | Vitacost.com/Blog

4. Cauliflower Alfredo & Spinach Pesto Lasagna

Top View of Vegan Lasagna With Pesto and Pine Nuts | Vitacost Blog

5. Vegan Buttery Garlic Bread

Top View Baguettes Next to Fresh Mixed Butter with Herbs & Garlic | Vitacost Blog

6. Vegan & Gluten-Free Baked Cauliflower Arancini

Vegan Arancini Cauliflower Rice Balls | Vitacost.com/Blog

7. Vegan Spinach Pesto with Hemp Seeds

Vegan Spinach Pesto Recipe

8. Vegan Mango Basil Sorbet

Homemade Vegan Mango-Basil Sorbet | Vitacost.com/Blog

9. Spring Pea & Basil Hummus

Homemade Spring Pea & Basil Hummus with Sliced Veggies | Vitacost.com/Blog

10. Gluten-Free Blackberry Flatbread with Crumbled Rosemary Macadamia Nut “Cheese”

Gluten-Free & Vegan Flatbread with Herbed Nut Cheese | Vitacost.com/Blog

For recipes that require dried basil, or dried herbs in general, follow these 6 Tips to Help You Dry Your Own Herbs.