Summer is around the corner, which means basil is coming into season. It’s time to try some basil smoothies! I love basil, but I usually serve it with tomatoes or use it for pesto. It turns out that it can be excellent in fruit smoothies as well. This combination is delicious, refreshing, and just a little out of the ordinary.
If you can, I highly recommend growing your own basil so it is maximally fresh. Even if you don’t have a vegetable garden you can buy a potted basil plant and keep it in a window with lots of sun. That said, basil leaves will keep for a couple days in the fridge, so don’t let lack of a plant stop you from trying out this smoothie.
Makes ~3.5 cups, or ~2 servings.
Remove woody basil stems, but tender stems are fine to include. Blend on high until smooth, about 40 seconds. Serve and enjoy right away!
Adding basil to a smoothie reminds me of using mint. While writing this post I looked back at my mint smoothie recipe, and I realized that this recipe is quite similar.
You can of course also add basil to tomato-based savory vegetable blends, which is also delicious.