a simple, delicious, and refreshing summer treat

I recently discovered an awesome new recipe that is a simple twist on an old standby… ice cream.  Everyone always loves ice cream, especially in the summer, right?!  Well, I found this great variation via The Kitchn.   It calls for layers of lemon zest, olive oil and sea salt between layers of ice cream.  What is great about this recipe is that it is so versatile.  You can use frozen yogurt or change up the toppings to suit your taste.  You can make it a winter treat by using cinnamon, nutmeg, berries or vanilla extract. Think of herbs, spices, citrus, or fruits.  Also, it’s gluten free!  Another great option is to use some balsamic vinegar between the layers.  However, my favorite so far is the combination of olive oil, sea salt and lemon zest with vanilla ice cream!  I made this when my mom was in town over the Easter weekend as a post brunch dessert, and it was such a hit!  What makes this perfect for parties is that you can make it in advance and just pull it out of the freezer when you are ready to serve.  I served them in tiny mason jars which held a good amount for a single serving.  I cannot wait to try out some different variations on these.



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6 responses to “a simple, delicious, and refreshing summer treat

  1. Deb

    Sounds divine! Bet the balsamic version would be tasty with the addition of strawberries. Thanks for the great tip.

  2. Jody

    It was wonderful and fresh. I will use the recipe at a party.

  3. Stacey@aGh

    This sounds wonderful! I’m intrigued by the idea of a salty, sweet, maybe tart, treat. Can you taste the olive oil? I’ve got to try this and find out, especially since it’s all ingredients we have anyway. 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

    • Stacey – You can definitely taste the olive oil, but surprisingly, it compliments the vanilla ice cream. My one bit of advice would be to only use *a pinch* of sea salt between each layer – less is definitely more in this case! I was also thinking some minced rosemary may be an interesting combination. There are so many possibilities!

      • Stacey@aGh

        Thank you so much. We were just talking last night about when the weather gets warm how much we crave ice cream treats… so I’ll definitely try it and report back. 🙂 Your pictures make it look so yummy.

  4. lisi

    Yes please! That sounds like a perfect salty sweet treat.

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