Seasonal eats

No matter what time of year, we love eating what's freshest. Here's our guide to the best fruit and vegetable recipes for healthy, seasonal eating

30 easy ways to savor summer's harvest

Try these quick ideas for using the season’s best fruits and vegetables

basil walnut pesto
Photo by Iain Bagwell

Summertime recipes: Basil

Lemon, basil, and walnut pesto: In a food processor, whirl 2 cups packed basil leaves, 1 garlic clove, ¼ cup olive oil, zest and juice of ½ lemon, ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, and 1/3 cup toasted walnuts until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Toss pesto with cooked pasta and a little pasta water. Add more pepper and parmesan to taste.

Basil syrup: Simmer 1 cup sugar, ¾ cup water, and 1 large bunch chopped basil in a saucepan until sugar dissolves. Let steep 20 minutes; strain. Use to sweeten iced tea or summery cocktails.

Cherry tomato and basil salad: In a salad bowl, mix whole basil leaves with cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts, and a red wine vinaigrette. 

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