Cool & Refreshing

During the summer, I want my food and drinks to be two things: cool and refreshing. If you go to any trendy restaurants these days you just might see Frosé on the menu, as well as a mix of light seasonal salads. This week, we paired a delicous DIY Frosé with a root vegetable salad full of color and flavor. These are simple recipes - with a little bit of prep work they can be made in a flash. You are sure to impress guests when you bring out these vibrant summer-inspired dishes for everyone to enjoy. Ingredients and recipes are at the end of the post.

Simple ingredients make a big impact. While the recipe calls for certain measurements of rosé and vodka, I am more a 'to taste' kind of cook... It's also a plus to cook with fresh, organic fruits. This organic Chicago-made vodka, Koval, not only looks beautiful but adds a little kick to the recipe. The Corcova wine has fruit notes but is very dry - helping to make the Frosé savory, but not too sweet.

To enjoy frosé, you better like the color pink. Put it all in the blender and enjoy!


When I was thinking of a meal to pair with the drink, I wanted something colorful with hints of pink. My first thought was naturally radishes. I found a recipe that called for fresh vegetables and went to town.

The raw root salad is any vegetarian's delight. With raw organic ingredients, this is a healthy dish with minimal stress in the kitchen.

On the white surface, these colors really POP! The flavor is subtle and doesn't overpower the frosé which makes for a perfect combination.



Below are the simple recipes to make your own Frose and Raw Root Salad. Both are quick and easy to make and perfect for a summer afternoon. Share your favorite summer recipes in the comment section below!

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Frosé

  • 1 (750 ml.) bottle of dry rosé

  • 10 ounces fresh strawberries (about 2 cups, sliced), plus more for garnish (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup vodka

  • 2 tablespoons grenadine

Step 1

Pour the rosé into ice cube trays and freeze until solid, 8 hours or overnight.

Step 2

Combine the strawberries and the sugar in the bowl of a blender and let sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes, until the berries begin to release their juices.

Step 3

Add the vodka, grenadine, and rosé cubes. Blend the mixture on high until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with strawberries, if desired.


Raw Root Salad

  • 11 oz red cabbage, cut into strips

  • 2 carrots, cut into thin rounds

  • 1 zucchini ,cut into thin rounds

  • Radishes, cut into thin rounds

  • 1 pear, cut into thin slices

  • Seeds of a pomegranate

  • Fresh herbs for taste

  • Light lemon vinaigrette dressing

Step 1

Put all the prepared vegetables into a bowl, pour over the dressing, then massage dressing into vegetables. Let marinate for 10 - 20 minutes in the fridge.

Step 2

When ready to eat, put the vegetables into a serving bowl, add the pomegranate seeds, toss together and enjoy!

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