This drink is a tart refreshing non-alcoholic twist on the classic mojito made with our Cascadian wild raspberry white balsamic vinegar. For a sweeter version, replace the sparkling water with ginger ale or just add one part sparkling water and one part ginger ale.
Muddle mint leaves, raspberries, lime juice, and the white balsamic in a shaker. If you do not have a shaker, mash it in a bowl with a potato masher. Add ice to the shaker and shake until contents are chilled. Pour contents into a tall drinking glass and top with sparkling water or ginger ale. Garnish with raspberries and mint leaves.
I like to make quick and easy weeknight meals, but it also has to be nutritious and fulfilling especially when I don’t have countless hours to spend in the kitchen. Also, adding ingredients that just need to be roughly chopped or heated in the microwave makes it go that much quicker. Exact measurements are not needed and the options are endless. It’s really about adding what you like. The added vinaigrette is just a classic traditional balsamic and single varietal extra virgin olive oil with a hint of lemon juice.
2 tablespoons So Olive Coratina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Chop kale, mushrooms, red bell pepper, avocado, and red onion. Add all ingredients in a bowl. In small bowl, mix vinaigrette ingredients together. Drizzle a portion of the vinaigrette on top. Mix with hands until everything is well combined. It’s ready to eat!
Besides the cherry tomato forest growing in my backyard from last year’s seeds, this year I did not plant a garden on purpose. But around this time of year, I would usually get a bumper crop of zucchini and yellow squash. So if you have an abundance of summer squash, more than you know what to do with, making a noodle salad will be a great way to use them. This salad is very simple and quick. It makes a great side dish or light meal. I used a spiral slicer to make the noodles. If you don’t have a spiral slicer, you may also use a julienne peeler. The noodles will just be more straight instead of spiral.
What’ll you need:
2 medium zucchini
2 medium yellow squash
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
1/4 cup Pineapple White Balsamic
1/4 cup Arbequina or Koroneiki Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small clove garlic
7-9 basil leaves
sea salt to taste
Make the vinaigrette first. Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil, and a pinch of salt into a blender. We used a small food prep blender. Grab a large bowl. Then spiralize or peel zucchini, summer squash into bowl. Add sliced cherry tomatoes. Pour vinaigrette over the squash noodles. Then mix it well. Add salt to taste. It’s ready to eat.