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heirloom tomato & plum salad + pistachio vinaigrette

despite this RIDICULOUS heat we have been having, i love summer. summer parties, summer weather and of course, summer food. let's get real. summer produce CRUSHES all other seasons.

yeah, yeah, i love me some citrus and all. but give me that watermelon, those big fat tomatoes and buckets of stone fruits over anything. 

last saturday, we celebrated my youngest brother's birthday at a classic santa monica restaurant, michael's. my dad ordered this insane duck dish served with gorgeous plums and crisp mint that inspired this summer salad. it's perfect to wow for dinner or a big party and you don't have to cook a damn thing. NO ONE wants to stand next to the oven, stove or grill when it's this freaking hot out. 

stay cool and enjoy friends!

heirloom tomato & plum salad + pistachio vinaigrette

serves: 2 dinner servings or 4 side servings

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 5 minutes

total time: 15 minutes

ingredients: 3 medium heirloom tomatoes (about 3 cups), chopped. 3 plums, roughly chopped. 1 celery rib, sliced thin. 8 mint leaves, finely chopped or chiffonade. .25 cup pistachios, finely chopped. .25 cup olive oil. 3 tbs apple cider vinegar. 1 tsp honey. 1 tsp whole grain mustard. 1 garlic clove minced. 1 tsp kosher salt. .25 tsp pepper.

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start by combining the olive oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, garlic, half the salt and all the pepper in a medium bowl. add in half the pistachio and whisk the mixture together. set it aside. 

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on a platter or in a bowl, combine the tomato, plum and celery. 

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sprinkle the salad mixture with the mint leaves.

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drizzle the pistachio vinaigrette over the salad. top with the remaining pistachios.

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serve and enjoy. 

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xo, a

heirloom tomato & plum salad + pistachio vinaigrette 

serves: 2 dinner servings or 4 side servings

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 5 minutes

total time: 15 minutes

ingredients: 3 medium heirloom tomatoes (about 3 cups), chopped. 3 plums, roughly chopped. 1 celery rib, sliced thin. 8 mint leaves, finely chopped or chiffonade. .25 cup pistachios, finely chopped. .25 cup olive oil. 3 tbs apple cider vinegar. 1 tsp honey. 1 tsp whole grain mustard. 1 garlic clove minced. 1 tsp kosher salt. .25 tsp pepper.

start by combining the olive oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, garlic, half the salt and all the pepper in a medium bowl. add in half the pistachio and whisk the mixture together. set it aside. on a platter or in a bowl, combine the tomato, plum and celery. sprinkle the salad mixture with the mint leaves. drizzle the pistachio vinaigrette over the salad. top with the remaining pistachios. serve and enjoy. 

independence day parfait

we are just hours away from one of the biggest holidays of the year. ESPECIALLY if you are like me and live anywhere near the coast. the beach is MADNESS on the fourth. and partying starts EARLY in the day. 

and what is the most important part of a long day of drinking & fireworks?  breakfast. 

fill yourself up with something delicious and healthy before filling up with beer and bbq. 

these gorgeously patriotic parfaits are full of flavor, use only natural sweeteners and are guaranteed to get your party started. 

independence day parfait

serves: 4 parfaits

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 5 minutes

total timez; 15 minutes

ingredients: 2 cups greek yogurt. 2 cups orange blossom granola (if you do not have this on hand or don't want to make it, your favorite granola is the perfect substitute). 1 cup blueberries. 1 cup chopped strawberries. 2 tbs honey. 4 cups for serving. optional: piping bag with round tip or plastic zip loc bag. edible flower for garnish. 

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start by drizzling the yogurt in honey and combining the mixture well.  

then, you have some choices. if you have a piping bag handy, i recommend filling the piping bag with the yogurt mixture. if you are like most people and do not have a piping bag, you could use a zip lock bag. fill it up and snip off one of the corners for easy squeezing. if a spoon sounds more up your alley, use a spoon.

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regardless of your tool, scoop .25 cup of yogurt into the bottom of each cup.

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hen layer .25 cup of granola. followed by .25 cup of mixed berries.

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repeat that process with each cup till you have two beautiful layers of each ingredient.top with edible flowers and serve or store for later consumption. 

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xo, a

independence day parfait

serves: 4 parfaits

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 5 minutes

total timez; 15 minutes

ingredients: 2 cups greek yogurt. 2 cups orange blossom granola (if you do not have this on hand or don't want to make it, your favorite granola is the perfect substitute). 1 cup blueberries. 1 cup chopped strawberries. 2 tbs honey. 4 cups for serving. optional: piping bag with round tip or plastic zip loc bag. edible flower for garnish. 

start by drizzling the yogurt in honey and combining the mixture well. then, you have some choices. if you have a piping bag handy, i recommend filling the piping bag with the yogurt mixture. if you are like most people and do not have a piping bag, you could use a zip lock bag. fill it up and snip off one of the corners for easy squeezing. if a spoon sounds more up your alley, use a spoon. regardless of your tool, scoop .25 cup of yogurt into the bottom of each cup. then layer .25 cup of granola. followed by .25 cup of mixed berries. repeat that process with each cup till you have two beautiful layers of each ingredient. top with edible flowers and serve or store for later consumption.