Your whole food, plant-based life.

Basil and Raw Food

It has been a very hot, wet summer in the Minneapolis area. Because of this, the growth of everything green has been amazing. Walking out the back door, I feel like I am walking into a jungle. I gave up on the weeds weeks ago.

One of the benefits of all of this rain and heat is that my basil has been extremely prolific. My plants are over 3 feet tall and sprouting leaves everywhere. Thinking about how much I pay for fresh basil in the middle of the winter, I quickly decided that none of this basil is going to waste. This week, I am going to bring you 5 recipes, including a basil pesto that is made in stages so that you can freeze it and pull it out in the middle of the winter!

Today we are going to start with a simple basil oil and a basil cashew-walnut spread. This is one of those great raw food recipes that will convert into a couple of different meals. A simple spread for veggies or flat bread and also a wonderful sauce for a raw “pasta” primaevra, which I will post tomorrow.


Share Via
Share on Pinterest
Share with your friends



  1. Viv wrote on August 25, 2010

    I noticed the recipe calls for sundried tomatoes…any recipe for drying your own tomatoes to use in this. My tomato plants are about 5 feet tall and yielding more tomatoes than I can eat despite making a weekly gazpacho.


  2. Kitchenstance wrote on August 25, 2010

    I don’t have access to my own herb garden, but luckily I can get basil at the local farmer’s market for a $1 for a huge bunch this time of year! Both of these recipes are going on my list of things to try. 🙂

  3. Sherri wrote on August 25, 2010

    I love your blogs. Your blog is one of my favorites!! Thanks for sharing your delicious recipes!!

  4. Brittany wrote on August 25, 2010

    I am realy excited about these basil recipes, I have a big basil plant in my window sill and am gonna need to do something with the yeild, thanks 🙂

  5. Jackie wrote on August 25, 2010

    I am just getting started with the raw lifestyle and I find your blog to be very interesting. I love the photos and recipes. I love basil and cannot wait to try these recipes. Thanks

  6. Jurgita wrote on August 25, 2010

    I love basil! I use it in raw tomato soup, of course, and also– have you tried putting a handful of basil in the green smoothies? It’s wonderful! 🙂

  7. Shannon wrote on August 24, 2010

    How long would you expect the Basil Walnut-Cashew Spread to last in the fridge?

    • Susan wrote on August 24, 2010

      No more than a couple of days.

  8. Thomas Howard wrote on August 24, 2010

    I just found your blog Susan and I love it! These pictures truly capture the beauty of raw food. I look forward to trying these recipes and this basil pesto! Yum. Have a great day.

    Thomas Howard
    The Vegan Desperado-Seattle


Post a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

ooter(); ?>