Although this may sound like an unlikely pairing, the tuna adds depth and richness to this dip... and no one ever guesses what the mystery ingredient is. The basil is the predominant flavor.
2 cups fresh basil leaves, washed, dried, and loosely packed
1 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
1 7-oz can tuna
1 fresh tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped
Chop basil finely in a blender or food processor or with a heavy knife. Add mayonnaise and tuna to blender or processor and blend until smooth. Add chopped tomato and mix together by hand. Makes about 2 cups.
Use as a dip for raw vegetables or as a sandwich spread.
NOTE: Add tomato ONLY if you have a ripe, in-season tomato. Otherwise, omit the tomato from this recipe.