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Heirloom Tomato Salad

With summer upon us, I LOVE to go to my local Farmer’s Market and find Heirloom Tomato’s.

Today I am sharing this Heirloom Tomato Salad!

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I mean how crazy looking are these tomatoes?! 

I love it. They are all so different and unique.

heirloom tomato salad

Then make the basil vinaigrette. It’s so fresh and delicious. It’s simply fresh basil, canola oil, and lemon juice. 

heirloom tomato salad

Look at that gorgeousness.

Pure, fresh basil goodness.

heirloom tomato salad

That fresh basil in this vinaigrette is gonna change your life.

heirloom tomato salad

Then pour it over all the chopped Heirloom’s and let them soak it all up!

heirloom tomato salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pounds Heirloom Tomatoes, assorted colors/sizes
  2. 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn up
  3. 1/2 cup basil vinaigrette
  4. Basil Vinaigrette
  5. 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves, chopped
  6. 1/2 lemon
  7. 3/4 cup canola oil
Instructions
  1. Begin by chopping up the tomato's and place them in a large bowl.
  2. Make the basil vinaigrette by placing the 1 1/2 cups basil, lemon and canola oil in a blender and pulsing.
  3. Then pour that over the tomatoes and toss in the torn (1/2 cup) basil leaves. Mix gently and serve at room temperature.
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

 

heirloom tomato salad

 heirloom tomato salad

 

heirloom tomato salad

filed under Salad, Sides


Peach Basil Ice Cream Topping

With the wonderful summer temperatures, this Peach Basil Topping is sure to hit the spot with your favorite ice cream!

peach basil topping

This is such a refreshing dessert!

And I’ll be totally honest, I wasn’t really sure if I would like the combination.

I mean I LOVE basil, but does it belong on ice cream?

Well, let me tell you that IT ABSOLUTELY DOES.

and this recipe will make you a believer!

 

peach basil topping

Start with some deliciously ripe peaches….my absolute favorite fruit!

peach basil topping

Then pulse the basil in a blender to get it all chopped up.

peach basil topping

After the syrup is made, pour it all over the peaches.

peach basil topping

Look at the beauty.

Sweet peaches floating in this delicious syrup!

peach basil topping

 

Peach Basil Ice Cream Topping
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Fresh Peaches, pitted & diced
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 1 container basil leaves, (approx 15)
  4. Vanilla Ice Cream, or any flavor you prefer
  5. 2 cups water
Instructions
  1. Take diced peaches and place them in a large bowl.
  2. Then in a saucepan, combine the sugar and the water. Stir to mix up.
  3. Boil that mixture on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes.
  5. Place syrup in blender & add basil leaves. Pulse until it all begins to blend together.
  6. Then pour all over diced peaches & let sit for 5 minutes.
  7. Scoop ice cream in a bowl & spoon the mixture over top!
Notes
  1. The mixure can also be stored in the refrigerator.
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

 

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Tex Mex Burgers

You’re next grill recipe is right here people! 

These Tex Mex Burgers are packed full of flavor and a little heat. They have all the fixings….lettuce, tomato, avocado,cilantro, mayo, pepper jack cheese all thrown on a grilled bun.

This is a great recipe for your next cook out!

Tex Mex Burgers

 

Begin by forming your hamburger patties.

Tex Mex Burgers

Then cook the meat on the grill to your desired level of “done-ness”.

Tex Mex Burgers

AND make sure to put a little butter on the bun and throw it on the grill as well!

Tex Mex Burgers

Then begin assembling the burgers!

Start with lettuce and tomato on the bottom, then the meat that has pepperjack cheese on it, then sliced avocado and mayo and place the top of the bun on and you’re good to go!

Tex Mex Burgers

Enjoy your delicious summer dinner!

Tex Mex Burgers

and I am LOVING these personalized cutting boards/grilling boards from Personal Creations.

They have such cool, unique products that you can personalize! If you want a perfect gift for someone, check them out here!

Tex Mex Burgers

Tex Mex Burgers
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Ingredients
  1. hamburger meat, as much as you need for how many people you're serving (approx. 1/3 pound burger/person)
  2. hamburger buns
  3. romaine lettuce, torn up
  4. tomato
  5. pepper jack cheese
  6. cilantro, just enough to add to hamburger meat
  7. avocado, sliced
  8. mayo
  9. butter, for grilling the buns
Instructions
  1. Form hamburger patties and mix in chopped cilantro.
  2. Cook them on the grill to desired wellness.
  3. Then add a slice of pepperjack cheese on top and let melt.
  4. Butter the hamburger buns and place on grill to crisp.
  5. Place lettuce and tomato on hamburger bun, add meat, then sliced avocado, mayo, and the top of the bun.
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/
Tex Mex Burgers

 

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Friday Finds Link Party

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Summer Blackberry Pie from Gluesticks Blog

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Coconut Lime Banana Bread from The Frugal Foodie Mama

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DIY Rolling Storage

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Hibiscus Lime Spritzer Cocktail from All She Cooks

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Red,White, & Blue Jello Cubes from Shaken Together

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Friday Finds Linky Party

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Summer Blackberry Pie from Gluesticks Blog

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Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Coconut Lime Banana Bread from The Frugal Foodie Mama

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

DIY Rolling Storage

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Hibiscus Lime Spritzer Cocktail from All She Cooks

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Upcycled Painted Globe from Simply Darling

 

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Avocado Bacon Egg Rolls from Home Cooking Memories

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Watermelon Feta Salad

Hello Summer Time Weather!

I can’t believe how happy the sunshine makes me, it’s like I forgot how much I missed it!

Today I’m sharing my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SALAD.

It’s a Watermelon Feta Salad and I have been eating it twice a week for about a month now.

Guys, I just can’t stop. The sweetness of the watermelon mixed with the tanginess of the feta makes my tastebuds swoon!

watermelon+feta salad cookingwithcrystal

 

Watermelon Feta Salad
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Ingredients
  1. Watermelon, sliced into large chunks (about 4 cups)
  2. 10 ounces feta cheese, block
  3. 1/2 cup basil, sliced
  4. 1/4 of a red onion, thinly sliced
  5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Instructions
  1. Slice up the watermelon into chunks. Then slice up the feta or break it in your hand into chunks.
  2. Put all ingredients on a platter and mix together slightly. Pour a little bit of evoo over top and enjoy!
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

watermelon+feta salad cookingwithcrystal

 

watermelon+feta+salad

 

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Loaded Carnita Skillet Nachos from A Little Slice of Us

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Orange Sherbert Punch from Shaken Together Life

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Ornate Frame to Wall Clock from The Navage Patch

 

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Creamy Tomato Soup with Cheese Toast Croutons from Simply Stacie

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