A robust pot of basil in your backyard or on your front porch, or finding a beautiful bunch in your CSA share or at the market, is a summer highlight. Of course pesto or a caprese salad (basil, sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella) come to mind at once.
Basil, however, has a much broader range. Try the grilled peach, goat cheese and basil bruschetta or Thai green curry with plenty of fresh basil. Basil originated in South East Asia in fact and is integral to salad rolls and dozens of dishes from that vast region.