As a Registered Dietitian, I love to add fresh herbs to meals to boost the flavor and nutrient density of recipes. Basil is a popular and delicious fresh herb that I love adding to salads, dressings, sauces, and pasta dishes.

Basil is a source of several nutrients:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K
  • Manganese
  • Antioxidants

Since most recipes call for basil in small quantities, it’s usually not a significant source of nutrients in a meal. However, adding fresh herbs to dishes can make them taste more flavorful, which can encourage you to eat more healthy foods!