Hearty greetings to all!
Here in Poland the weather is hot and sticky- I love to cook, but it’s just not a great time to be firing up the oven! With the markets full of delicious summer fruits, veggies, and herbs, I really want to make some fun dishes- without slaving away in a toasty kitchen!
Here is one of my all-time favorite summer recipes- it’s quick, easy, chill, and there’s no roasting or toasting involved
~Summer Caprese Salad~
This classic Italian recipe stars one of my favorite herbs: Basil.
Basil is an immensely popular herb that can be used in a wide variety of recipes. It is very common in Italian cooking and is often added to sauces and pizzas! . It comes in many different varieties- from thin tiny leaves, to purple basil, to the thick and luscious leaves of Genovese basil!
Delicious and easy to grow, basil is a wonderful addition to an outdoor herbal garden or an indoor counter/windowsill garden. It enjoys warmth and sunlight and is simple to grow from seed or clipping. Basil is a great plant for those wishing to get into herbalism or gardening!
Did You Know?
If you or a friend have a thriving basil plant you can make more plants from clippings! Simply cut a medium-sized stem just below a new sprouting of leaves. Place your basil clipping in a cup of water and leave it in a bright and sunny spot. Change the water every few days and watch as your new baby plant grows roots!
Once the roots are a few inches long, you can transplant it into soil. These baby basils can grow your own basil collection, or they make great gifts for friends and family!
Basil isn’t just delicious- it also has a host of magickal properties and benefits for your craft! Take a look at the Spells8 page on Basil: Love & Luck Magick to learn about this very versatile herb.
Delicious, healthy, and… what’s this? Something I learned recently about this long-time favorite herb: Basil also attracts money! To use your basil plant to help attract fortune, try the “Fresh Funds” Spell to Attract Money with Basil Leaves
With all the goodness in basil, it’s time to put it use in a tasty and cool summer recipe!
- Fresh basil
- Mozzarella cheese
- Olive oil (just a splash!)
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
- Balsamic vinegar (optional)
Dice the fresh basil, mozzarella, tomatoes, and olive oil and mix them together with salt and pepper. If you are using the basil for a magickal purpose, now is the time to thank the plant for sharing it’s leaves and focus on your intent. Draw on the basil to bring in luck, fortune, and health .
If you are serving it plain, you may like to drizzle a little balsamic vinegar on top. If you do, you must eat the Caprese Salad right away!
Serve the Caprese Salad cold in small bowls, on top of a tossed salad , use it as a serving on pizza , or sprinkle it on cooked pasta for a delicious meal! . One of my favorite ways to eat it is on a fresh slice of bread from the bakery
For all the other kitchen witches out there, you may also be interested in:
Green witches, plant witches, and anyone with an interest in herbalism- feel free to also check out:
- Self-care: Herbs for Anxiety
- Top 10 Herbs
- Herbs: Treasures Hiding in Plain Sight
- Herbs and Plants for Immunity
- Herbs and Their Magickal Uses
Have you made Caprese Salad before? Do you have another favorite summertime recipe? Feel free to share!
Blessed Be and Happy Kitchen Witchery!