Cucumber Mint Pops

Children and adults alike will enjoy a respite from the summer heat with one of these refreshing and nutritious pops. For best results, leave them in the freezer overnight before serving:

What you’ll need:

1 cup water

1 cup agave nectar (blonde)

1 cup matcha or green tea

6 stems of fresh mint

2 medium sized cucumbers

How to make them:

In a saucepan, bring water to boil and stir in agave nectar. While the mixture is still hot, add the mint sprigs. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Prepare matcha tea (green tea may be used instead). Cool to room temperature.

Remove mint sprigs from the nectar mixture.

Peel and chop the cucumbers and place in a blender or food processor. Add the agave mixture and the green tea and blend thoroughly. Pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Bust them out when the temperatures hit 90!

Caprese Salad with Fresh Garden Tomatoes and Basil

This simple salad is so nutritious and delicious you may be tempted to eat it every day. It’s usually served as an appetizer, but when tomatoes and basil are in season at En Saison, we’ve been known to eat it for breakfast! Caprese salad is a great option when entertaining—it not only tastes great but is a visual stunner too.

What you’ll need:

One fresh mozzarella log (Make sure to use fresh mozzarella, which is soft. The kind you shred for pizza or lasagna won’t taste good)

A few ripe tomatoes

Fresh basil leaves

Balsamic glaze (we use Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze for its sweet delicious flavor)

Avocado slices (optional)

How to make it:

Alternate layers of tomato and fresh mozzarella on a serving plate. Tuck basil leaves in and around the slices. Add a few avocado slices around the plate (if you’d like). Drizzle with streaks of balsamic glaze and prepare yourself for addiction.