Vibrantly Green Basil

Basil is a fragrant and vibrantly green herb that is used in global cuisine. There are many different varieties including sweet basil, Thai basil, purple basil, holy (tulsi) basil, to name a few. Basil can be added fresh to a salad, blended fresh to make a pesto or dressing, and added fresh or dried to a soup for that added flavor punch. It may be surprising to learn that such a small bit of green can pack a hefty nutritious punch of medicine. Basil is a great source of vitamin K which is essential for the absorption of vitamin D for bone health among other health benefits. It has also been found to help with cholesterol and blood pressure. Basil has even been found to support prevention of certain types of cancer. Check out the recipe below for a deliciously fresh dressing to pair with your next salad or drizzle over some roasted veggies!


Healing Meals Recipe: Basil Lemon Dressing


  • 1 bunch fresh basil, stems discarded
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth consistency.