A versatile and widely used aromatic herb, basil is an annual plant that is easy to grow from seeds but is very sensitive to cold. Basil flourishes in the hot, dry weather, and so we’re tossing the bright green, refreshing leaves into everything we can. Though predominantly associated with Mediterranean cuisines, where it’s commonly ground into pesto, basil leaves can also be used whole, torn, or diced to add bright flavor to a wide range of dishes from around the world. We are showing you this round up where the recipes let the basil shine. Enjoy!

Pork, Apple and Basil Burgers

cooking-basil-recipes_01Recipe via gourmetgarden.com

Caprese Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil

cooking-basil-recipes_02Recipe via cookincanuck.com

Basil Pesto Chicken

cooking-basil-recipes_03Recipe via laphemmephoodie.com

Spaghetti with Shrimp, Broccolini and Basil

cooking-basil-recipes_04Recipe via food52.com

Grilled Pound Cake with Basil-Plum Compote

cooking-basil-recipes_05Recipe via saveur.com

Lemon-Basil Blueberry Muffin Top Cookies

cooking-basil-recipes_06Recipe via tasteofhomecooking.blogspot.com

Thai Basil Beef

cooking-basil-recipes_07Recipe via thymebombe.com

BBT Sandwich

cooking-basil-recipes_08Recipe via citygardenlife.com

 Garlic Ginger Basil Salmon

cooking-basil-recipes_09Recipe via foodwishes.blogspot.com

Swordfish with Basil Pesto and Poached Asparagus

cooking-basil-recipes_10Recipe via scrumpdillyicious.blogspot.com