Watermelon Burrata Salad & Yogurt Dressing + Giveaway

This cool and refreshing summer salad with a touch of creamy decadence from California Burrata cheese and sparkling yogurt dressing, is a must-have this summer.

Watermelon Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, and Sparkling Yogurt Dressing! #Summer #Salad #realcalifmilk

The moment the weather turns warm, I start craving salads with passionate fury.

Just to clarify, we eat salad everyday for the sake of getting our raw veggie quota, but I only crave salads in the late spring and summer.

Sparkling Yogurt Dressing! #Summer #Salad #realcalifmilk

Fresh summer produce from the farmers market (or better yet, the garden) is highly prized at my house. I plant a few hearty seedlings every year, then say a prayer, cross my fingers, and hold my breath, hoping for a bumper crop of heirloom tomatoes, squash, peppers, and even melons.

Last year I was out of luck with the seemingly endless rain here in western North Carolina.

But this year… I’ve got a good feeling.

Fresh Watermelon Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, and Sparkling Yogurt Dressing! #Summer #Salad #realcalifmilk

I’ve already started celebrating this season’s bounty by combining my two favorite summer produce treats, watermelon and heirloom tomatoes, with luxuriously creamy burrata cheese and silky yogurt dressing.

I adore pairing fresh California cheeses and dairy products with summer fruits and veggies. Because they are so thoughtfully made, California dairy products offer a clean creamy taste and texture that isn’t bogged down by unnecessary ingredients.

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California dairy products are sold all over the country. When you buy products with the Real California Milk and Cheese Seals you know that your dairy products are made from 100% California milk, from one of California’s 1,500+ family-owned dairies.

Simple Watermelon Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, and Sparkling Yogurt Dressing! #Summer #Salad #realcalifmilk

In this particular watermelon salad the soft decadent California Burrata Cheese brings a perfect balance to the sweet watermelon and tomatoes, that is then offset by a creamy *sparkling* yogurt dressing blended with mandarin orange and champagne vinegar.

The pepperazzi peppers provide a salty tangy pop of flavor to round out this amazing plate of summer goodness.

Easy Watermelon Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, and Sparkling Yogurt Dressing! #Summer #Salad #realcalifmilk

As you can see in the photos, I make this watermelon salad two different ways.

If sharing casually with friends, make one big share platter and scoop into the soft California Burrata with a serving spoon.

Or you can plate small individual servings for a dinner party, that have a modern and opulent appearance, with little dollops of California Burrata and yogurt dressing drizzled about. See?

This is a salad you will make again and again. With fresh summer produce and creamy California dairy, you cannot go wrong!

Simple and Elegant Watermelon Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata, and Sparkling Yogurt Dressing! #Summer #Salad #realcalifmilk

June is National Dairy Month!

A time to celebrate all dairy foods and recognize the more than 1,500 California dairy families who produce California milk.

In California, June is “Real California Milk Month” as proclaimed by Governor Jerry Brown in appreciation of all the dairy families who make California the number one milk-producing state. Dairy just so happens to be California’s number one agricultural commodity!

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Watermelon Salad with Burrata and Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients:

For the Yogurt Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup California plain greek yogurt
  • 1 mandarin orange, zest and juice
  • 3 Tb. olive oil
  • 3 Tb. champagne vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

For the Watermelon Salad:

  • 2 cups sliced seedless watermelon
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • 8 oz. California Burrata cheese
  • 10 oz. pepperazzi peppers, drained
  • 2 oz. arugula
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, sliced (or whole if they are small)
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Place the California-made yogurt in a small jar and top with the orange zest and juice, oil, vinegar, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Screw the lid on tight and shake until smooth.
  2. If plating the watermelon salad on a platter to share, place the arugula on the bottom with the Burrata, watermelon, tomatoes and peppers over it. Then sprinkle the basil over the top and drizzle with yogurt dressing.
  3. If plating as individual servings, arrange the watermelon, tomatoes and peppers on small plates. Then use a spoon to scoop small dollops of Burrata around the plate. Sprinkle with arugula and basil leaves, and drizzle with yogurt dressing.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board. All opinions are my own.

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102 Responses to “Watermelon Burrata Salad & Yogurt Dressing + Giveaway”

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    ashley — June 2, 2014 @ 5:05 am

    homemade ice cream

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    Tanya Baranoski — June 2, 2014 @ 5:36 am

    Homemade ice cream!

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — June 2, 2014 @ 6:10 am

    I love how summery this salad is – burrata is such a treat!

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    Barb — June 2, 2014 @ 6:11 am

    milk shakes

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    Mason Canyon — June 2, 2014 @ 6:17 am

    When it comes to summertime and dairy, I think of homemade ice cream with fresh strawberries or peaches.

    Thoughts in Progress

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    Tieghan — June 2, 2014 @ 6:34 am

    Such a gorgeous summer salad. Looks awesome Sommer!

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    latanya — June 2, 2014 @ 6:43 am

    homemade ice cream

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    Samantha — June 2, 2014 @ 6:45 am

    My favorite way is homemade vanilla icecream with fresh stewed berries like blackberries.

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    Jenny Flake — June 2, 2014 @ 7:00 am

    Perfect summer salad! Lovely!!

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    JJ @ My Chicken Fried Life — June 2, 2014 @ 7:01 am

    Caprese Salad is one of my favorite summertime treats! Garden fresh tomatoes and basil with creamy mozzarella is amazing!

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    Deirdre — June 2, 2014 @ 7:02 am

    I love to make tasty drinks with dairy, including smoothies and milkshakes. However, I do have an ice cream maker that I have yet to use *gears in brain turning*! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — June 2, 2014 @ 7:20 am

    What a nice summer fresh salad!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — June 2, 2014 @ 7:33 am

    Anything with burrata is a winner! Love how fresh this salad looks, Sommer!

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    Carole Resnick — June 2, 2014 @ 7:33 am

    ice cream

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    Juli V — June 2, 2014 @ 7:44 am

    In a smoothie or milkshake.

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    Maria — June 2, 2014 @ 7:45 am

    I can’t get enough watermelon! Love this salad!

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    Katie — June 2, 2014 @ 7:51 am

    Oh, ice cream, for sure! Full disclosure – that’s my answer in the winter, too ;)

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    Gina Guthrie — June 2, 2014 @ 7:53 am

    Ice cream.

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    Becca from ItsYummi! — June 2, 2014 @ 8:00 am

    I love using yogurt in the summer… frozen is best! Of course, living in the DAIRYLAND state, I could eat any and all dairy every day and be happy about it :)

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    Gina — June 2, 2014 @ 8:04 am

    Hmmmm- well ice cream would be my top dairy choice in the summer. But there are so many other recipes I love too.

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    Alyssa — June 2, 2014 @ 8:06 am

    I love cottage cheese mixed with honey and nuts on crostini

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    Heather Christo — June 2, 2014 @ 8:21 am

    This salad is totally beautiful Sommer!

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    talya — June 2, 2014 @ 8:26 am

    mmm…chocolate milk shakes!

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    Sandy Headtke — June 2, 2014 @ 8:28 am

    An ice cold glass of milk, cheese and crackers followed with ice cream. Perfect for when it is too hot to eat much.

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    Julie Turner — June 2, 2014 @ 8:30 am

    I love making a cheese plate on Saturday afternoons. Great way to snack on the weekend between meals!

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    Jessica — June 2, 2014 @ 8:40 am

    A delicious caprese salad!!

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    BusyWorkingMama — June 2, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    I love to make key line milkshakes!

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    Neill Hines — June 2, 2014 @ 9:21 am

    Ice cream…homemade, of course

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    Maria Malaveci — June 2, 2014 @ 9:44 am

    Greek Yogurt with honey and walnuts!

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    shari wick — June 2, 2014 @ 9:49 am

    I love making new salad recipes using cheeses and homemade dressings such as this wonderful looking watermelon salad u have listed.. looks yummy!! :)

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    naomi — June 2, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    Hmmm . . ice cream and panna cotta!

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    Becki @ Bites 'n Brews — June 2, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    Creamsicles!

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    Kim — June 2, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    caprese kabobs as an app at a BBQ

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    Amy Tong — June 2, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    My favorite way to serve dairy in summer time is in salad. I love shaving them on salads, or cube them and make salad on skewers. YUM! Thanks for hosting this wonderful giveaway. I love California Cheese! :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Anna C — June 2, 2014 @ 10:12 am

    I love to put yogurt in my smoothies.

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    Michele West — June 2, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    Homemade Ice Cream!

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    Kay — June 2, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    This looks great! I also love Burrata and Caprese salads in the summer!

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    Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainer — June 2, 2014 @ 11:53 am

    Love how fresh this salad is, Sommer!

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    Joanna — June 2, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

    I have just started making a caprese quinoa salad for cookouts that’s been healthy and delicious. Love using mozzarella in it!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 2, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

    This really looks so refreshing!

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    Elizabeth — June 2, 2014 @ 12:44 pm

    In a Smoothie

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    HS — June 2, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

    Milkshake and ice cream.

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    Nikki — June 2, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    ice cream!

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    Mercedes — June 2, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

    My favorite way to serve dairy is homemade ice cream!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 2, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

    I love burrata, what a perfect summer salad!

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    Sents Saver — June 2, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

    I love to make homemade icecream!

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    Clare — June 2, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    Homemade ice cream for sure!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — June 2, 2014 @ 3:33 pm

    What a refreshing salad. I like the arrangement on the plate. Very attractive.

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    Kris — June 2, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    Salads like this with mozzarella or feta!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — June 2, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

    That salad is art. Beautiful!

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    Bonnie K. — June 2, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

    I’m happy with a nice tall glass of cold milk. Also, during the summer, I don’t like to cook too much; so, it’s nice having a cheese and ham sandwich or crackers with cheese and olives along with a bowl of salad. I love having yogurt for breakfast with fruit.

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    Kaitlin Sickle — June 2, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

    I know it’s really cliche.. But it doesn’t get better than homemade ice cream!

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    LauriM — June 2, 2014 @ 4:42 pm

    Homemade ice cream of course!

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    Lisa — June 2, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

    I love to make homemade pudding in the summer!

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    Sarah — June 2, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

    I love homemade ice cream or custard!

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    Michele Behlen — June 2, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

    My favorite way is ice cream.

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    Jen — June 2, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

    I love grilled cheesy pizza!

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    Shawna — June 2, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

    ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Stephanie K — June 2, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

    Homemade ice cream!

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    karen — June 2, 2014 @ 7:17 pm

    Topping pizza made on the grill.

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    Loretta — June 2, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

    In a cone, of course!

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    Gaby — June 2, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

    What a fun summer salad!

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    Karen Lynch — June 2, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

    Yogurt parfaits and Ice cream.

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    Pam Gurganus — June 2, 2014 @ 9:33 pm

    My favorite way to serve dairy in the summertime is by making homemade ice cream!

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    Amy S — June 2, 2014 @ 11:37 pm

    I love cheese and crackers

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    Meryl — June 2, 2014 @ 11:37 pm

    My favorite is homemade ice cream, especially my bittersweet chocolate ice cream.

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    cori — June 3, 2014 @ 4:23 am

    cheesy burgers!

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    Linda K. — June 3, 2014 @ 6:19 am

    Ice cream HAS to be the winner here! Homemade ice cream is the best!

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    Erica — June 3, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Nothing better than homemade ice cream!

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    Dana — June 3, 2014 @ 1:55 pm

    Fresh mozzarella in a Caprese salad, and Ice Cream

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    Jeffrey — June 3, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

    In the winter its definitely milk and cookies, in the summer it’s homemade ice cream and fruit from my garden.

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    Taylor Closet — June 3, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

    On a toothpick as finger food. CHEESE

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    Leann Lindeman — June 3, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    I want to say ice cream.. I love it but cant eat a lot of it… makes my tummy hurt. So I will say I use I use dairy in the summer in the way i always use it.. cheese! In salads or on a sandwich or whatever.

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    marina — June 4, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

    yogurt & fruit for breakfast
    frozen yogurt (tart topped with blackberries) for lunch
    sharp cheddar, fresh fruit plate, hunks of sourdough with butter for dinner

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    mysweetiepiepie — June 4, 2014 @ 7:24 pm

    Pizza & Ice Cream, why not?

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    sllisme — June 4, 2014 @ 7:41 pm

    Homemade ice cream!

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    Elle — June 4, 2014 @ 11:22 pm

    Ice cream or frozen yogurt pops w/ cut up fruit in them are my favorite.

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    Deb Christie — June 5, 2014 @ 7:10 am

    My favorite way is in homemade ice cream. I usually serve it with fresh berries. I also like to make homemade Ranch dressing.

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    Alina — June 5, 2014 @ 7:30 am

    Making homemade ice cream treats with the children.

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    Sean C — June 5, 2014 @ 7:31 am

    EXTRA CHEESE on everything we grill!

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    GB — June 5, 2014 @ 8:43 am

    Fresh yogurt with fresh fruit cut up into it is my favorite.

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    Mary El — June 5, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

    Yummm! I just started eating watermelon with mint and it’s my new favorite summer snack. Looking forward to trying out this recipe next!

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    Danielle — June 5, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

    I love to serve homemade ice cream in the summer the most.

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    Dandi D — June 5, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    I love to put yogurt in smoothies during the summer months.

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    David Burruto — June 5, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

    Cheese Plate!

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    Jennifer Essad — June 5, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

    I enjoy simple-this recipe is an amazing salad that would please my family and friends especially during the summer months -thanks for sharing

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    Susan — June 6, 2014 @ 3:38 am

    Dairy in the summertime sounds like the perfect excuse for ice cream to me.

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    christine jessamine — June 6, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

    I love to make cheese apetizer trays

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    Pam S — June 6, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    fruit and cheese trays are my favorite! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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    beth j — June 6, 2014 @ 10:54 pm

    Frozen Greek yogurt popsicles! Yum

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    Kate Sparks — June 7, 2014 @ 6:23 am

    Cheese plates for outside dining..

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    Susan Campbell — June 7, 2014 @ 6:41 am

    It’s summer, I live in Florida, and I’m hot flashing….ICE CREAM!!!

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    BillieO — June 7, 2014 @ 6:50 am

    I love cheese! Cheese with watermelon in the summer is great!

    The Dairy Association should start a ‘Got Cheese?’ Campaign.

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    Maggie Wallace — June 7, 2014 @ 7:24 am

    I love making ice cream in the summertime!

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    Kristen D. — June 7, 2014 @ 11:11 am

    I love having burrata, ricotta, or some other creamy and flavorful cheese on top of salads- especially roasted stone fruit and arugula. Add in some marcona almonds and rosemary and it’s soooo good! Could eat it all summer long!

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    Cathy Reppert — June 7, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

    Making home made ice cream in the summer is always a fun thing to do.

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    John Hutchens — June 7, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

    homemade ice cream

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    Annette — June 8, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    My favorite way to serve dairy in the summer is in homemade ice cream.

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    Mary W — June 8, 2014 @ 11:53 am

    Creamy popsicles made with dairy products. Orangesicle is our favorite.

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    Carmen N — June 8, 2014 @ 8:14 pm

    My favorite way is to freeze it – into ice cream!

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