Summer is all about fresh; and using all of the fresh summer ingredients is one of our favorite things about this season. To celebrate the season, in all of it’s freshness, we decided to make this Italian Summer Salad, and Cherry Italian Soda with the help of our friends over at Degustabox. Degustabox is fairly new to the US, but we’re already loving it.
For $19.99 (see the bottom of this post for a discount code!) Degustabox sends you a box filled with 10-15 full sized products that are new on the market to try out. These are generally food items, but we got a couple other items in our box as well. Once you get your box you can try out all of the goodies and let Degustabox know what you liked, and what you didn’t, as well as give suggestions to the brands. The brands basically work with Degustabox to see how people like their product and what they can do to change it and/or make it better. We love this part of the process because we can interact with brands and let them know what WE would like to see. So not only do you get to try these amazing products, you get to be heard as well!
We used the Briannas Italian Vinaigrette, as well as the TOPO CHICO Twisted Lime Mineral Water to make our little summer recipe! We actually had a hard time choosing what to use there were so many items to choose from. You could easily do a 3 course meal (plus snacks) using stuff from this box. It’s one of the best value subscription boxes we’ve come across, seriously.
To recreate our Italian Summer Salad & Cherry Italian Soda recipe for yourself, you’ll need a few ingredients.
Italian Summer Salad:
Italian Style Salad Mix (or any lettuce or bagged salad you prefer)
Cherry Tomatoes (diced)
Black Olives (canned)
1/2 Red Onion (cut)
Briannas Italian Vinaigrette
Cherry Italian Soda:
Very Cherry Jelly Belly Flavoring
TOPO CHICO Twisted Lime Mineral Water
Optional: Reddi Whip
One of the things that we like to do before we even get started is marinate our mozzarella pearls. To do this, put the mozzarella pearls in a sealable container, and sprinkle with vinaigrette. You can leave this in the fridge overnight, or just a 1/2 hour. It really adds some great flavor to the pearls!
To assemble your salad, chop up all of the fresh ingredients like your cherry tomatoes, onion, and olives if you want. (We like them whole though!) Mix the tomatoes, onion, olives, & mozzarella pearls together thoroughly with the lettuce/bagged salad. Once everything is mixed, add your vinaigrette to taste.
That’s pretty much it! This is super simple to make, and you can even add it to a larger bowl and add more toppings for a family sized salad, as a nice lunch or a side. Plus, you can adapt the salad to use whatever toppings that you like!
Now of course you need a delicious drink to go along with your salad! To make your italian soda first start by adding some ice to a glass.
After you add the ice pour some of the Very Cherry Flavoring by Jelly Belly into the bottom. We used about 1/4 cup. Once you have enough flavoring, pour the TOPO CHICO Twisted Lime Mineral Water on top. That’s it! You can also add some whipped cream on top if you prefer.
There you have it, a delicious summer pairing that’s fresh, as well as refreshing! We might make some other things with our Degustabox in the coming weeks. There were so many options that we really want to make something else to show you guys! It’s seriously one of our favorite subscription boxes to date, and for the price, it is definitely worth every penny. PLUS! You can save $10 on a box by using the code “DEGUSTA10“. That makes it just $9.99, what a steal!
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So what you guys love to try from our Degustabox? Let us know in the comments!
*We were sent a free Degustabox to use in our blog post. All opinions reflected are our own. This post contains affiliate links as well.