Summer Salad with Mustard-Balsamic Marinated Peaches, Walnuts, and Tarragon Vinaigrette

Fresh | Simple | Gluten Free | Vegan Option

Summer is here! The season of peaches, tomatoes, porches, and swimming holes. Our fridge is already packed to gills with luscious peaches, and we are enjoying every minute of it! In honor of all things Summer, we’ve partnered with a fantastic group of bloggers and Instagrammers who love peaches just as much as we do!
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Gazpacho with Tomatoes, Beet Leaves, and Basil + Popsicles

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The heat. The humidity. Driving us off the front porch at 7:15 p.m. as the sun peeks over the cabin roof, the high temperatures here in East Tennessee seem perpetual. Like marionettes, the sun beckons us to ditch standing over a stove as much as possible. Knowing the glory of fall and winter will have us warming up the kitchen with pots of chili, we easily give in to the ebb of the oven.
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Tomato & Watermelon Salad with Herbed Couscous and Serrano-Mint Vinaigrette + Appalachian Grandparents

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If you’ve got some tomatoes and watermelon hanging out in the fridge, use them here. This salad is really perfect for the time of year. The lovely colors are reminiscent of a Summertime fruit salad, but looks toward cooler weather with the addition of couscous making it a bit more hearty. It’s great for reunions and picnics too. You can keep the individual components separate, and combine everything quickly when you get to your destination.
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Spiced and Spiked Strawberry Tea

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Sipping amusing cocktails in the summertime heat is a quintessential pastime. As we count down the hours to quitting time on Friday, text messages wander into the realm of dinner and cocktail destinations. Our plans are best summed up as, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Cocktail-destination ambition usually ends up on our front porch. As Halloween and Christmas lights of yore still surround us in an unapologetic glow, we are obliged by habit. At peace with our own predisposition, we finally learned to succumb to buying cocktail ingredients for clinking our glasses at home. Just in case, because a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
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Jackfruit Carnitas Tostada with Watermelon-Tomato Pico and Black Bean Mash

Jackfruit Carnitas Tostada
Jackfruit Carnitas Tostada

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you should be familiar with at least one meat substitute by now. Tofu has been around since BC times, but today we’ve surpassed coagulated and pressed soy milk. Tofu, tempeh, and TVP (textured vegetable protein), all derived from soy, are now found in most grocery chains as protein sources for vegans and meat-eaters alike. Seitan, made from washing away starch in wheat dough, is a gluten based alternative currently in vogue.
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