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California Cheese Salads Celebrate Summer

Cheese And Tomatoes Make Ideal Pairing For Warmer Weather

(May 31, 2005) Juicy tomatoes and soft cheese bursting with the flavor of fresh milk are a traditional summer combination - and a great way to minimize time in a hot kitchen. This summer, try two California cheese salads that are as easy to prepare as they are delicious. Both California Cheese and Tomato Ensalada and California Caprese Salad add international flavors for a light and tasty side dish or main course.

California Cheese and Tomato Ensalada brings south-of-the-border flair to a hearty salad, making it an ideal choice for festive gatherings as well as weeknight meals. By combining California Pepper Jack and California Cotija or Feta with ripe tomatoes, almonds and olives, and topping with a flavorful dressing, this salad comes together faster than you can say "fiesta."

If you're looking for a cool, Mediterranean-style break from those hot summer days, try California Caprese Salad. It blends fresh California cow's milk Mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil, spinach and an olive oil sauce for rich, summery taste that's light on the palate and high on flavor. This salad goes well with pizza and pasta, but also is a delightful light meal on its own.

California is the nation's dairy leader and home to more than 50 cheesemakers who produce 250 varieties and styles of cheese. Be sure to look for the Real California Cheese seal in the dairy department, which means you're getting a natural cheese, made in California exclusively from California milk. For more easy recipes featuring California cheese, visit www.RealCaliforniaCheese.com.