This easy strawberry basil sauce is perfect to serve with your favorite sweet or savory dishes in the summer. It's colorful, healthy, and made in only 5 minutes!
If you have never tried the combination of strawberries and basil, I highly urge you to give it a chance. Although basil is more commonly found in savory dishes, it works really well with the sweetness of the fresh berries.
This sauce is so quick and easy, and it's honestly perfect for those hot summer days. Serve it on a chilled dessert, over grilled meat, or in a salad - the choice is yours.
All you need for this recipe is strawberries and fresh basil. Dried basil will not work for this purpose.
I prefer to use fresh strawberries. These give the sauce an excellent consistency, and taste naturally sweet, especially if they are in season.
If you use frozen strawberries, the resulting sauce will be thicker and more sorbet-like with ice in it. Frozen strawberries can also be thawed before use, which will improve the texture.
Rinse the strawberries, and remove the green tops. Place them in a food processor with the basil leaves.
Process the ingredients until smooth, then taste the sauce. Add additional basil, or a sweetener to taste if you think it's necessary.
If you want a completely smooth sauce, you can strain it through a fine mesh sieve. This will remove the strawberry seeds and any pieces of basil. I usually skip this step as I don't mind the texture!
💭 Top tips
Although this recipe is incredible simple, here are my top tips to ensure that you get the best result from the strawberry and basil sauce:
- Use ripe, fresh strawberries and basil leaves. This will give the sauce the best possible flavor.
- I like to use a small food processor, but a hand blender or a blender can work as well.
- Blend the sauce completely smooth, or leave some smaller chunks if you prefer.
🥗 Serving suggestions
Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy this amazing sauce:
On meat: Serve it over grilled chicken or other meat as a tasty, refreshing sauce.
Over desserts: Strawberry basil sauce is amazing poured on top of ice cream, cakes and other desserts or pastries.
As a dressing: Serve it as a salad dressing for fruity and refreshing salads. I think it would be perfect served on strawberry salad with chicken.
Topping on granola or oatmeal: Add some strawberry sauce on top of your breakfast, such as cinnamon raisin granola. This will provide some natural sweetness, and add a delicious flavor.
In a drink: Use the sauce as a mixer in cocktails or mocktails of your choice.
Although this simple sauce is excellent as it is, you can also make variations of it. Here are some of my favorites:
- As a vinaigrette: Add a hint of vinegar and some olive oil to turn the sauce into a strawberry basil vinaigrette - perfect to serve on vegetables and salads.
- Make it sweet: The strawberries make the sauce naturally sweet. If you want to make the sauce even sweeter, you can add some honey or confectioners sugar (icing sugar).
- Minty: Add some fresh mint leaves for a minty fresh version of the sauce.
Store leftover strawberry basil sauce in a refrigerator for up to 3 days.
I highly suggest storing it separately in a container, and adding it to your dishes as required. This will ensure that the sauce keeps fresh for as long as possible.
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📋 Frequently asked questions
Yes. You should rinse strawberries before using them. Avoid rinsing them straight after purchase, as this will make them ripen faster and might make them moldy earlier.
Yes. Avoid eating strawberries with an unpleasant smell or visible mold. Small bruises are absolutely fine. You can also cut off any bruises before using the berries.
Strawberry Basil Sauce
- 150 g strawberries (7-8 berries)
- 4 basil leaves
- Rinse the strawberries, and remove the green tops. Place them in a food processor with the basil leaves.
- Process the ingredients until smooth, then taste the sauce. Add additional basil, or a sweetener to taste if you think it’s necessary.