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Savor the Flavors of Summer

Elevate your summer menu with these simple and sophisticated recipes

As the summer sun radiates its scorching heat, we can find solace in cool and refreshing drinks and dishes. To help us beat the heat, Lauren Lane (@Lauren_Lane_Culinarian and showcases her culinary expertise with delightfully quick and easy recipes. Capture the essence of summer with a smoky and light grilled corn salad, a zesty and refreshing vodka lemonade, and a burrata peach salad filled with juicy fruit and luscious cheese. These recipes are perfect for parties, potlucks, patios or poolside.

Tomato Peach Burrata Salad

Yield: Serves 6


  • A few big pinches of Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 2 teaspoons fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large heirloom tomatoes or large plum tomatoes, or cherry tomatoes. (about 2 1/2 pounds total)
  • Two peaches
  • 8 ounces mozzarella pearls or small balls
  • 4 ounces burrata cheese
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves plus additional whole leaves for garnish


  • Combine salt through olive oil. 
  • Place the burrata cheese round on a platter. Arrange the tomatoes, peaches and mozzarella balls around cheese. 
  • Drizzle with dressing from bowl. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper. Garnish with additional basil leaves and serve.

Vodka Lemonade

Yield: Makes six cocktails


  • 48 ounces homemade lemonade (or store-bought)
  • 12 ounces vodka
  • Ice, for serving
  • 1 lemon, sliced thinly
  • Fresh mint for garnish


  • Make the lemonade or pour store-bought in a pitcher.
  • Add vodka and lemon slices (can be made the day before).
  • To serve: pour cocktail over ice and garnish with fresh mint.

Grilled Corn Salad

Yield: Serves 4-6


  • 2 ears corn, grilled and cut from the cob 
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1/4 cup fresh feta or goat cheese, crumbled
  • 3 sprigs basil, leaves removed and torn
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Jalapeño, thinly sliced (optional)


  • Place corn kernels into a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Taste, and re-season with salt, pepper, and vinegar to taste.