Sort of like a pesto, but not quite a pesto this is literally just olive oil, basil, lemon juice and salt.
Ground breaking? No.
Seriously simple & delicious? Yes and yes.
The cool thing? You don’t have to commit to basil and lemon juice. Try this idea with cilantro and lime, or dill and lemon or a combination of a few different herbs. This is one of those “whatever-you’ve-got-on-hand” kind of sauces.
What I really love about a simple sauce like this is that a little goes a long way. All it takes is a teaspoon or two and you are good to go.
Here are five simple ways to use Basil Oil:
- Stir a couple of teaspoons into some pasta or rice and toss with a handful of fresh chopped tomatoes
- Spread over a nice hearty slice of whole grain bread or toast
- Add a dollop right on top of some fresh scrambled eggs
- Make a pita pizza
- Mix into some steamed veggies
And here’s where I hand the mic over to you guys. I know that my ideas are just the tip of the iceberg… what kind of ideas do you have for using basil oil? Curious minds want to know.
- 1 bunch of fresh basil, leaves removed from the stem
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- ½ cup of good quality extra virgin olive oil
- Fat pinch of salt
Place the basil leaves in a food processor and pulse until the leaves are finely minced.
Run the processor and slowly drizzle in your oil until you have a nice rich, green oil. Add in the lemon juice and salt. Blend one more time.
Makes 24-1tsp servings.
Nutrients per teaspoon: Calories: 40 Total Fat: 4.7g; Saturated Fat: 0.7g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 0.8g; Dietary Fiber: 0.7g; Sugars: 0.7g; Protein: 0g