Raw Zucchini & Corn Summertime Salad

This time of year is always my favorite - and not just because I'm by the pool! It's the time when our local Farmer's Market is overflowing with fresh produce. I adapted this simple recipe from a version I had at a new local restaurant, Adele's. And you know me, I had to put my little Cuban spin on it!

You can make it how you wish - with more or less jalapeño pepper for heat, but whatever you do, trust me when I tell you that the mix of fresh mint and cilantro is key!



4 small zucchini

2 ears corn

1-2 fresh jalapeño peppers

¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, lightly packed

½ cup fresh mint leaves, lightly packed

½ cup shaved Manchego cheese (or Parmesan)


juice of one lemon

juice of one lime

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp smoked paprika

¼ tsp ground coriander

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp sugar

¼ cup olive oil



Trim the ends off the zucchini and using a mandolin or vegetable peeler, cut into thin ribbons. Remove the husk and silk from the corn and cut the kernels from the cob. Thinly slice the jalapeño pepper (two if you like a little more heat). Transfer the cut zucchini, corn and jalapeño peppers to a large bowl. Roughly chop the mint and cilantro and add to vegetables. Add cheese and toss all ingredients to combine. 

Mix dressing by combining the juice of lemon and lime, olive oil and remaining seasonings with a whisk. Pour over vegetables and toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!


Fresh Peach Mojito

This recipe for a Fresh Peach Mojito is exactly what summer needs!

Words just can't express my love for SUMMER! Time at the the pool..whatever, it's all fun! Here in Nashville, we're lucky enough to have The Peach Truck, a local business which brings up beautiful fresh peaches from a family farm in Georgia. When you pair up my time living in the South with my Cuban heritage, you're bound to get some tasty recipes. This fresh peach mojito is no exception. Feel free to experiment with the amount of simple syrup to adjust the level of sweetness to your personal preference. Oh, and by the way - you can order peaches online from The Peach Truck if you're not lucky enough to be in Nashville! 


1 fresh peach

1.5 ounces simple syrup

2 ounces light rum

1 fresh lime

2 sprigs fresh mint



Fresh Peach Mojito from

Start by washing your peach, removing the pit and cutting it into quarters. Cut the lime into wedges. Place 1/4 of the fresh peach and 1/4 of the lime in the bottom of a tall glass with half of your mint. Muddle it together with a muddler (you can use the handle of a wooden spoon if you don't have a muddler). Make sure you do it well enough to squeeze the juice from the lime, mash the peach and release the flavors from the mint. Add simple syrup (made with equal parts of boiling water and granulated sugar) and rum. Fill the glass with ice and top with seltzer. Stir to combine and garnish with wedges of peach and lime and a sprig of mint. Enjoy!

How to make a Fresh Peach Mojito