For me, certain herbs and spices go with certain things. Like cilantro ~ perfect in a salad or dressing, but not so much in my green juice. (I’ll just have to have more of One Lucky Duck’s Thai Green Juice to get used to that :) ) Or curry ~ great with my veggies but I can’t quite imagine it with something sweet. Note to self: try this Sweet Curry Coconut Milk Ice Cream…
Ginger goes with everything of course, as does parsley. But basil is another one of those that I don’t tend to associate with sweet things, so I was pretty surprised today when I suddenly had a desire to add some basil into my strawberry smoothie. All I could do was go with it, and it was great!
Even though it’s summer and strawberry season, I used frozen fruit because we’re still having 95+ degree days and wanted to make this as cold as I could without waiting for it to chill.
Frosty Strawberry Basil Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
- 5-10 basil leaves (I used 5 large ones + 5 small ones)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 slice of lemon (including the rind)
- Enough water to reach the right consistency
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
Makes 2 large servings (about 4-5 cups).
And perfect for this never-ending summer!