Here's an easy recipe to help you try out the fresh basil. If you leave out the green beans, it becomes a caprese salad - and there are lots of recipes for making caprese salad and they're all good. And it's the fresh basil that makes people love it.
Green Bean and Mozzarella Salad
cups cut fresh green beans (2-inch pieces)
plum tomatoes, sliced
block (8 ounces) mozzarella cheese, cubed
cup Italian salad dressing
cup minced fresh basil
Place beans in a small saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse in cold water.
Place beans in a large salad bowl. Add the remaining ingredients; gently toss to coat.
Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.