Storyteller Erin Valle shares refreshing summer recipes

Erin Valle's Summer Recipes

CiLiving’s new storyteller, Erin Valle, shares some of her favorite summer pick-me-ups in the ciKitchen. The following recipes are both light and refreshing…enjoy!

Cucumber Blueberry Moscow Mule

  • Muddle 6 blueberries and 1 cucumber slice at the bottom of a copper mug
  • Add a splash of lime juice
  • Add 1.5 oz of vodka
  • Add ice
  • Top with Reed’s Ginger Beer

Strawberry Salad*


  • 1 package ramen noodles, crushed, flavor packet discarded
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and dried 
  • One 5-ounce bag baby spinach
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced 
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  • In a small bowl, mix 1 package of crushed ramen noodles, 1/4 cup sliced almonds, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds and 1/2 stick of melted butter.
  • Transfer to baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for about 10 minutes, until browned. 
  • Tear head of romaine lettuce and combine with 5-ounce bag of baby spinach in a large salad bowl. Add 1 cup grated parmesan and 1 pint sliced strawberries.
  • In a separate bowl, add 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 red red wine vinegar, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 2 cloves of minced garlic, salt and paprika. Mix well and store in the refrigerator until chilled.
  • Add dressing and crunchy topping to salad bowl. Toss until dressing coats the greens.

Enjoy with family and friends! 

*Source: Food Network

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