This is the little black dress of condiments—appropriate in almost any situation. What it really comes down to is mixing lemon zest, basil, and lemon juice, and—zingo!—you have a condiment that brightens and brings out the flavor in anything you put it on top of veggies, chicken, fish, whatever. An added bonus is the blast of cancer-fighting properties, especially basil’s anti-inflammatory agents and lemon’s antioxidant phytochemicals.
MAKES: 1⁄2 cup
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: Not applicable
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
Put all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until well blended. Taste; you may want to add a pinch of salt.