A quick summer salad…

With some unexpected sweetness mixed in 😉

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This is a twist on a classic cucumber and tomato salad. Which is a summer staple for this girl.

Sweet peaches and fresh basil oil add an additional layer of flavor which suits the summmer time just right if you ask me :)

  • 2 cucumbers, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 peaches, chopped
  • 1 tblsp basil infused oil*
  • 3 tblsp white balsamic vinegar
  • salt, pepper
  • dried basil to taste*

Chop. Combine. Stir. Serve!

*if you don’t have basil oil just use olive oil and sub in some additional dried basil or even some fresh basil leaves

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Y’all know I like a good play on flavors like that 😉

Now I just can’t wait to make more summer salads with these lil’ guys too…

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Green zebra tomatoes. Who knew??

Kinda like who knew that I could be so tired Sunday night that I could sleep right through this minor event, especially considering that is far from the usual case:

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Pretty ecstatic about the fact that I moved my vehicle from its usual parking spot under this tree just hours before haha.

I call that a huge win! 😛

Do y’all grow any vegetables of your own at home?? 

What a surprise… another summer salad!!

I know I know 😛

But guys. Hear me out. As the weather gets warmer, I love nothing more than a crisp clean dish I can make up on a Sunday night and have for the first few days of the work week!

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Makes life not only easy on myself, but also healthy :)

And with a trip to Miami just a couple short weeks away, healthy is definitely a top priority these days! #bikiniweatheralreadywhat?

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This salad is super fresh, simple and will taste even better after it has some time to mellow out in the fridge for a few hours or even a day or two!

Perfect for a picnic. Perfect for a lunch. Perfect for a dinner. I think you catch my drift here 😉

And guess what…

I know this might surprise you…

Buttttttttt I’ve been cooking so much these days that I’ve already got a new recipe lined up and ready for y’all that I’m super excited to share!

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Sesame Quinoa Chicken & Kale Soup.

Huge hit. Huge. I really think y’all will love this one.

And yes. Looks like she’s backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk 😛 (in the kitchen that is!)

Back with more later :)

Farro… Not to be confused with pharoah??

Womp womp. I really didn’t say that, promise 😉

But all “jokes” aside… this lil’ lemony accented Greek inspired farro salad is most definitely fit for a king!

See what I did there?

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So I stumbled upon this 10 minute Farro on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s…

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I had heard of it before, seen it on various cooking shows, however never used it in my own kitchen.

And I think y’all know how those “situations” end…. time to change all that! 😛

So what is farro anyways?

Farro is a fiber-rich grain that releases starch as it cooks, yet maintains a chewy al-dente texture, which makes it ideal for risotto-style dishes. Farro can also be used in salads, soups, and breads. 

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We’re working with some protein in there too eh!! :)

So I figured that since I’ve been on such an artichoke kick lately, what better way to enjoy this new-found ingredient than combined with some ‘chokes and other delicious Greek-inspired add ins?!

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Perfect flavors for the summer :)

This simple salad comes together as fast as boiling the farro…

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Rinsing the artichokes…

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Stirring up a quick vinaigrette… 

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And combining all the goods!!

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Roasted red peppers…

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Black olives…

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Chickpeas…

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I mean how good does this look already??

I just adore warmer weather inspired recipes like this, easy clean flavors but just so good!

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Lemon thyme vinaigrette.

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And there you have it.

Deliciously refreshing, whether served warm or cool!

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Plus the texture of farro is one that I now can’t seem to get enough of.

Just a bit of a “chew” makes it so much more fun that your classic rice or quinoa!

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And while we’re on the topic of warm or cool…

Just a lil tip for y’all, this goes wonderfully served cool atop a bed of greens with a little extra dressing.

And also — wait for ittttt — added to a hot pan with a couple eggs and turned into a fried rice of sorts!

I know. Me too. Mind blown. So good 😉

So. Farro. Give it a try. I think you’ll like it!