All posts tagged: Basil

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

This pesto pasta salad recipe is full of fresh summer flavors! First there’s homemade pesto (so easy to make!). Then there are super sweet and juicy summer tomatoes. I like a mix of heirloom cherry tomatoes. Plus peas. Yes, peas, they are great in pasta salads. And if you can get them fresh, definitely do […]

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta Salad. It’s the perfect portable, easy-to-make summertime crowd pleaser. And what sets this pasta salad apart from the rest is the dressing; it’s made by blending together a mixture of sun-dried tomatoes, capers, garlic, and olive oil. Then it’s tossed together with cherry tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, tender young arugula leaves, […]

Giant White Beans with No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Giant White Beans with No-Cook Tomato Sauce

This dish with giant white beans in a no-cook tomato sauce has got to be the easiest thing to put together while on holiday. Especially in the south of France where ripe tomatoes are plentiful, as is fresh basil. Okay, truth be known, I actually brought the bag of “Riesenbohnen” (aka jumbo or giant beans) […]

Caprese Pasta Salad with Artichokes and Olives, Spelt Noodles

Caprese Pasta Salad with Artichokes and Olives

I know that a caprese pasta salad isn’t exactly GROUNDBREAKING, but this one has gone a little gourmet. First of all it’s made with summers own peak-season, sweet and juicy heirloom cherry tomatoes, in an array of colors; yellow, orange and red. Then there’s plenty of fragrant basil and of course a caprese isn’t a […]

Watermelon Salad‏ with Basil Oil & Pumpkin Seeds Recipe Whole Food Republic

Watermelon Salad‏ with Basil Oil & Pumpkin Seeds

As the juiciest fruit of summer, is there such a thing as savoring too much watermelon? I think not. Healthy and delicious it’s such a wonderful summer treat. It’s ideal by itself, but then again it’s also fantastic in a salad. And here, as the star attraction. Light and refreshing, this super easy watermelon basil […]

Fresh Lemon Balm Pesto with Basil and Cashews

Lemon Balm Pesto

I am always dreaming up ways to incorporate more fresh summer herbs into my diet. Pesto is just the way to do it! This time with fresh lemon balm & basil, cashews, tangy lemon, and parmesan (vegan alert: this also tastes great without the cheese!). Lemon balm is such a lovely herb. So beautifully fragrant […]

Mango Insalata Caprese

Mango Insalata Caprese

Insalata caprese (meaning, the salad from Capri) is the perfect summertime dish. I first experienced how delicious mangos in a caprese salad could be while enjoying a Thursday night (a.k.a. “little Friday”) get together with friends at a neighboring café that serves up authentic Italian slow food. The great thing about this salad is that […]

Recipe for Super Quick Pasta with Fresh Basil, Parsley & Salty Feta

Pasta with Fresh Basil, Parsley & Salty Feta (Super Quick!)

This recipe is inspired by a dish I’ve enjoyed many a times at my good friend Ines place. This thing about it is…well, simple put — it’s brilliant. It requires practically no effort at all and for a pasta dish, the only cooking involved is boiling the pasta. The rest takes a total of 5 […]

Roasted Italian Baby Eggplant & Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted Sicilian Eggplant & Cherry Tomatoes with Basil

Italian “perlina” eggplants (aubergine) are very similar to the Chinese eggplant. They have a thinner skin and a sweeter, more delicate flavor. They also have fewer seeds, which tend to make eggplants taste bitter. The great thing about these delicate beauties is that they do not need to be “purged” of any bitterness before cooking. […]

Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto; Genovese

Pesto 3-Ways

Glorious Pesto. A marvel of simplicity, I love this Italian green gem. Fresh, versatile and more than just a sauce for pasta, it’s can be used in any number of kitchen creations. It’s truly is a treasure of Mediterranean cuisine! Since pesto consists of nothing more than a few key ingredients, the quality and variety […]

Whole Atlantic Striped Sea Bass with Lemon & Herbs

Not all sea bass is on the verge of extinction. The North Atlantic striped sea bass that has been hand-line caught or trapped is okay, but not Atlantic sea bass that’s been bottom-trawled or caught in the southern Atlantic. Yes, it’s complicated. It is caught in the North Atlantic, from Norway to Senegal. Previously overfished, […]