Basil is making its way into our gardens now that spring is in full swing. I notice that the local Trader Joe's is selling the 2 foot established plants on the cheap right now, and I will be planting mine this week for sure! I wanted to incorporate basil and parsley into a dish today, to add flavor to my greens and also for the medicinal properties basil and parsley have.
Parsley had anti-tumor and carcinogen properties, as well as flavonoids that are anti free-radical and can help heal oxygen related damage to cells, which for me being a type 1 diabetic, is wonderful considering that high blood sugars is also a hyper-oxidation to my cells. Go Parsley!
Basil is known for unwanted bacterial growth inhibition. It also has flavonoids that are protective against radiation and oxygen damage.
I used basil in the salad and in the berry compote. I really like the combo of flavors with the blackberries and the basil. It brings me right outside and into the garden again.
Ingredients for Salad:
4-5 cups Mixed baby greens such as spinach, escarole, red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, arugula
4 oz baby carrots
4-6 oz cooked chicken
4-5 basil leaves, torn or shredded
3-4 parsley sprigs
2 T extra virgin olive oil
2-3 T apple cider vinegar
Instructions for salad:
Put greens and herbs in a large bowl. Add the oil and vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Toss well. Add the chicken and the baby carrots. Toss again. Serve.
and now the berries.....
Ingredients for Compote:
Basil thinly sliced 1-2 leaves is plenty
Combine berries with the basil in a bowl. Toss. Enjoy!