Cucumber Watermelon Salad

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THIS. I think I could eat this everyday this summer. So simple to make but so complex flavors. The sweet from the watermelon combined with the salty feta cheese and refreshing cucumber just sing with the mint kicking it up an octave. Dig in!! And yes, it’s made with mint…shocking.

Cucumber Watermelon Salad

Ingredients

2-3 cups of cubed watermelon
1/2 lg cucumber, sliced & halved
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
3-4 fresh mint leaves, chopped
2-3 tbsp EVOO
salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all chopped ingredients to large mixing bowl.
  2. Top with mint and EVOO.
  3. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  4. Toss to combine.
  5. Serve immediately, or keep chilled in refrigerator.
  6. Enjoy!
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TDD Summer Cocktail Series // Minty Fizz

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It’s summer ya’ll, pour me a drink! In case you haven’t noticed by that sweat forming on your upper lip [cute] — it is OFFICIALLY  summer. Time for outdoor concerts, days at the pool, and you guessed it…fun cocktails! I’ve always appreciated a good mixed drink but lately I’ve been feeling a bit more creative when it comes to my happy-hour choices. Moon-lighting as a bartender for the past 10 or so years [yikes] — I dabble as a ‘mixologist’ which makes me sound like I should be wearing some “flare” pins and working for a corporate chain. Bleh. Basically I get bored easily and like to come up with new drinks for my friends/fam to test out.

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One commonality as of late? MINT. Seriously cannot get enough of this herbaceous goodness in my life. I want it in my drinks, on my food, shoot I may just rub a little behind my ears for extra freshness. My girlfriends agree — mint is the word. And whether it’s a fresh bunch from the farmer’s market or a sprig you cut from your own crop [super easy to grow!] – this stuff is one of my favorite flavors of the season. It instantly infuses a refreshing punch to anything it’s added to. Turns out Cooking Light was on the same page with my latest obsession. Check out some of their minty-fresh ideas here. Below are two of my own concoctions that I mixed up during a recent trip to Wolftrap to see Amos Lee and David Gray [swoon]. IZZE’s sparkling juices played a big role. I could drink those babies solo – so tasty! Solo or not, who cares what the question is because the answer is always…vodka. :)

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Pomegranate Minty Basil Fizz

Fill your glass to the top with ice. Add desired vodka, lime juice from at least 2 lime wedges, and freshly chopped mint & basil [approx 2-3 leaves of each].
Top with IZZE Sparkling Pomegranate Juice and fresh pomegranate seeds.
Enjoy!

 

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Grapefruit Mint Fizz

Fill glass to the top with ice. Add desired vodka, lime juice from at least 2 lime wedges, and freshly chopped mint [approx 2-3 leaves].
Top with IZZE Sparkling Grapefruit Juice, garnish with a grapefruit slice & more mint!
Cheers!!

The Essential Summer Pasta Salad

This heat has us all feeling a little hangry. Don’t get your panties in a pinch…make this super simple – super scrumptious summer pasta salad and all of your problems will be solved. Kidding. BUT! This will certainly be the fuel you need to be a problem solver.

{insert superhero stance here}

The pasta is orzo — total #fangirl when it comes to orzo. Probably my favorite when it comes to recipes like these. It could easily be subbed out for something like an Israeli cous-cous or even quinoa. Your call dude!

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 The straight-from-the-garden flavors & healthy ingredients of this salad are refreshing yet hardy enough to cure the hunger pains while keeping that bikini from giving you the side-eye.

Summer Pasta Salad

Ingredients

1 box orzo pasta {cooked, rinsed with cool water}
8 oz kalamata olives
2 heirloom tomatoes {chopped}
1 cucumber {peeled, sliced & quartered}
8 oz feta cheese
3-4 tbsp fresh pesto
1 tbsp chili garlic sauce {if you want a zip}
salt & pepper to taste
4-5 basil leaves {roughly chopped}
zest from 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well. The end.
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Enjoy friends.
Drop the panic button.
Stay cool.