produce is at its absolute PEAK right now. It's the time to prepare fresh veggies and fruit with ease and simplicity. When it comes to cooking, the farmer's market is my muse. As I prepare some of my summer harvest favorites, I'm sharing a little secret, what you put ON the veggies matters as much as the veggies. Here's what no one tells you about olive oil--you CAN taste a difference.

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Here's What No One Tells You About Olive Oil

I'm going to share a few of my favorite end of summer recipes, but first, I want to tell you about my pick of olive oil. Kosterina's Original Extra Virgin Olive Oil my go-to oil for all my salads.

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We go through a lot of EVOO with all the cooking, baking, roasting and grilling that goes on around here. The Everyday is made from 100% Koroneiki early harvest olives from Southern Greece, with a polyphenol (or antioxidant) content of over 430 mg/kg as measured at the time of harvest – that’s over 8-10x what you can find in an average bottle at your local supermarket.

Kosterina's Original Extra Virgin Olive Oil is crafted with cooks in mind, the Everyday has a mild, fruity flavor with a smooth finish that will not overpower your food. It's perfect for the veggies and fruit I'm finding at the market...tomatoes, fresh herbs and peppers. Try Kosterina here and get 10% off your first order.

Watermelon and Tomato Summer Salad

This gorgeous salad is so refreshing and delicious. It's an explosion of color and flavor with just a handful of ingredients. Since the flavors of the fruit should come first, the olive oil really matters. 

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Kosterina's Organic Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Watermelon and Tomato Summer Salad Ingredients

  • Three cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • Two cups cubed heirloom tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons Kosterina's Original Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil sliced thin 
  • Feta cheese cubed (optional)

Watermelon and Tomato Summer Salad Directions

All you need to do is cube and mix. Let the flavors settle in for an hour before serving.

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And it's not just dressings and toppings. This oil stands up to heat beautifully and is able to maintain its flavor with a smoke point of over 400° F.  And remember don't skimp on olive oil!

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Kosterina's Organic Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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