Last week I received a rather large container of fresh basil in my Chow Locally box. Typically I’m super excited to get fresh basil, but this time I was perplexed. Usually the basil comes in bunches which makes it easy to store. Do you know how you are supposed to store fresh basil? It keeps best placed in a vase with water, like you would fresh flowers. I love having my bouquet of fresh basil on my windowsill, so I can pick off a couple of leaves at a time to cook with or put in my water using my ZingAnything Aqua Zinger. Oh yes, I love sipping on cucumber basil infused water. Anyhow, this basil was not in a bunch and there was a lot of just leaves, so there was no way I could put it in a vase. So I just stuck it in the fridge. I started noticing brown spots on the basil the next day. I knew I had to act fast and use it. They say you can freeze basil, but I wasn’t interested in that.
So I made a quick and easy dip, that could easily be turned into a spread for bagels or toast as well.
The secret ingredient to this dip is Tajin Seasoning. I found it at Costco and have been in love ever since. It’s a mixture of chile powder, salt and lime. I have sprinkled it on everything…salad, deviled eggs, popcorn. It’s amazing. It adds just a little kick to everything. I didn’t use enough to make it spicy, just to add flavor. If I wasn’t so lazy, I could probably just mix the salt, chile powder and lime juice together and add it to stuff, but Tajin saves me the work. Nutritional information provided for recipes is a courtesy to my readers. I do my best to be as accurate as possible, but you should do your own nutrition information calculations. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.
Fresh Basil and Garlic Dip
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 142mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
The Mr. wouldn’t even wait for it to chill in the fridge. He had his bagel toasted and ready before I was finished preparing the dip. Oh and he was super annoyed that he had to wait until I took a picture. It must be rough living with a blogger.
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Bre @ Average But Inspired
Looks so yummy! I grew basil in my garden by mistake this year (long story – newbie gardener) and have a TON. I am going to make your dip with it!
I love that you used Tajin in this! I need more recipes that use that. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at On Display Thursday.
I’m seriously in love with Tajin. I’m finding more and more things to put it on. Delish!
This sounds delicious – pinned to make soon!! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up!
I’m obsessed with basil, have an overabundance of plants right now, this looks like a great use for it. Pinning!
This looks really good! I have fresh basil in the garden that I have to use up, and I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing!
Ooh, yummy. I have lots of fresh basil! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Family Joy Linkup!
Lisa @ Fun Money Mom
I really love basil and this dip sounds delish! Thanks for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday. I hope we see you again tonight!