Strawberry Basil Sorbet #vegan #summer

Friday, June 20, 2014

strawberry basil sorbet – so long, nyc!

Summer. Is. Here. And with it, an exciting announcement: my fiancé and I are moving to San Francisco! It’s been a beautiful three years in NYC (almost to the day), and I’m going to miss his family and my friends like no other; but I am also excited to bring this new change into our lives. Bring on the sourdough and redwoods!


So with under two weeks left here, I’ve been saying a slow goodbye through food. Whether it’s gradually checking off my restaurant bucket list or just grabbing falafel with a friend, every meal is a souvenir. And most recently, I’ve been scooping up every pint of ripe, New Joy-sey strawberries at the farmers market. I mean, look at these jewels. Holy cow.

Strawberry Basil Sorbet #vegan #summer

What’s your favorite way to enjoy ’em? I’ve been experimenting with juices, sauces, salads, sangria, etc., and my favorite has to be this sorbet. It’s one of the simplest recipes I’ve shared here, but that’s because, truth be told, I think ripe, juicy fruit can’t be much improved (just imagine the first time you bit into a simple peach). So cheers to celebrating fruit at its best, with a few tweaks here and there. Blended with maple syrup and a touch of lemon juice, these darlings make a rich, creamy dessert. Add in fresh basil leaves for an herbal kick, and it’s seriously good!

Not only are these raw summer berries and basil tasty, but they offer great health benefits. Just one cup of strawberries packs 112% of your Vitamin C daily value, and 1/2 a cup of basil offers 97% of your Vitamin K daily value. Mixed with maple syrup’s minerals and fresh lemon juice’s antioxidants, this is one healthful dessert. (Sidenote: definitely buy organic strawberries here, as they’re on the dirty dozen.)

Strawberry Basil Sorbet #vegan #summer

Strawberry Basil Sorbet #vegan #summer

I sincerely hope you enjoy this treat and celebrate summer. I tweaked the recipe from Serious Eats; feel free to experiment and add different herbs like ginger or cardamom.

strawberry basil sorbet – so long, nyc!


  • 1 quart organic strawbs
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup loosely-packed, stemmed basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Hull and half the strawberries. Puree in a food processor or blender, then add in the remaining ingredients. Add more or less sweetener, to taste. If you don't care for the seeds, strain mixture.
  2. Chill mixture in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  3. Freeze in an ice cream maker (consult yours for specific instructions). Enjoy!

I shared this with Gluten-Free FridayReal Food Friday, and Southern Special.

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  1. Posted June 30, 2014 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Have fun with the move. I understand. I am from NC and have spent the last 30 years there,only to move to South GA 6 months ago. It was hard. But you’re moving ALL the way across country! What an adventure.
    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us over at The Southern Special. Hope you’ll be back! I chose this recipe as one of my host favorites and it will be featured tomorrow on my blog Spatulas On Parade.

    • admin
      Posted July 6, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Dawn! South Georgia sounds lovely, and so far the move has been good.

  2. Posted June 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I had to come back and tell you that I made this sorbet and it is delicious. The basil worked well although no one picked up on it. Thanks for this recipe.

    • admin
      Posted July 6, 2014 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      So glad, Chaya! Thanks for the feedback. Excited to experiment more with the basil…maybe making it into a simple syrup would work better.

  3. Posted June 27, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    I have company coming for dinner and they love sorbet. They are not cake or cookie eaters, not even ice cream. They want sorbet and this is just perfect for them. Thanks so much and good luck with your move. It should go smoothly and you should love your new home.

  4. Posted June 26, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    You know what they say…west coast-best coast!! 😉 This sorbet looks divine!

    • admin
      Posted June 26, 2014 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      Haha, sounds good! And thank you. 🙂

  5. Posted June 20, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    I just hopped by from Real Food Fridays to enjoy your Strawberry Basil Sorbet. It’s perfect for hot weather! This yummy, easy to follow desert will certainly make a splash in my kitchen. I’m Pinning this of course!

    • admin
      Posted June 22, 2014 at 11:30 am | Permalink

      Glad to hear, Deborah! Have a sunny week.

  6. Nicole
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    What a perfect summer treat! The sorbet photos have me drooling 🙂

    • admin
      Posted June 20, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink

      Thanks, girl! I am so excited to be on the same coast. 🙂

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