Featuring Sweet Basil, the July Pick of the Month Month

Watermelon Basil Salad

Sweet basil is packed with flavor and can be used fresh or dried.

Pick up some basil at your grocery store or farm stand today!

Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes.

Cook Time: 30 minutes.

Servings: 4.


  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed.
  • 1/4 cup sweet basil leaves, cut.
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder (optional).


  1. Slice basil leaves into ribbons by stacking them on top of one another, rolling tightly into a log and slicing lengthwise.
  2.  Combine basil and watermelon in a large bowl.
  3.  Top with lime juice, salt and chili powder. Toss to combine.
  4.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow flavors to blend.

What’s so Great About Sweet Basil?

  • An aromatic herb that adds flavor to dishes without added sodium or fat.
  • Imparts notes of licorice, cinnamon, clove, lemon and thyme.
  • A good source of antioxidants which help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

What’s the Best Way to Eat Sweet Basil?

  • Use basil in pesto, bruschetta and sauces or dips.
  • Add to salads, sandwiches, soups, pasta and pizza.
  • Pairs well with tomato, fish or bean, vegetable and egg dishes.

Selection & Preparation

  • Selection: Select vibrant green leaves free from dark spots, yellowing or wilting.
  • Storage: Place stems in a glass of water at room temperature or wrap in a dry paper towel and store in the refrigerator.
  • Preparation: Rinse leaves in cool water prior to eating.
  • Cooking: Add dried basil early in the cooking process and add fresh basil towards the end.

  • Serving Size: 1 cup.
  • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 45.
    • Total Fat: 0 g.
    • Total Carbohydrates: 12 g.
    • Dietary Fiber: 1 g.
    • Protein: 1 g.

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