Calling all healthy snack aficionados!

Lakeside's Blushes are a delightful natural treat that blends a fruity, intense taste with a sweet refreshing snap. Be the first to try these delicious little wonders. 


Tomato Basil Risotto

PREP TIME:  60 Minutes



  • 1 lb Lakeside Blushes Tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp (60ml) extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup (50g) fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper to taste


Heat the stock in a small sauce pan on medium low heat. 

Place a medium heavy bottomed pan over medium heat. Add 2 tbsp olive oil along with the bay leaf. Add the shallot and garlic and cook for 3 minutes or until translucent.

Sprinkle the rice over the shallot and oil mixture and stir well. Keep stirring until the rice is well coated in the oil and starts to look translucent, about 5-10 minutes. 

Pour the wine over the rice and mix well. Begin to add the stock, 1/2 cup at a time allowing the liquid to be absorbed before adding the next 1/2 cup until all stock is gone. The mixture should be slightly simmering during this process. Stir constantly. 

Add the tomatoes to the rice mixture and keep stirring regularly allowing the tomatoes to cook down. Cook for approximately 30-40 minutes or until the rice is cooked al dente. 

Season well with the fresh pepper and salt. Adjust to taste.

Add Parmesan and remaining olive oil and mix well. Add fresh basil and stir gently. 

Serve risotto immediately and garnish with your choice of toppings.

A tip from our kitchen to yours...

The more you stir your risotto the softer it becomes! But be careful not to over stir!

BLUSHES & Burrata

PREP TIME:  35 Minutes

SERVES: Four to Six


  • 2 cups Lakeside Blushes tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh buffalo mozzarella or burrata
  • Kosher or artisanal salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Baguette, sliced and toasted


Toss the Blushes tomato halves with the mint, basil and lemon zest.

Transfer the Blushes into a serving dish with the cheese.

Drizzle the olive oil over the Blushes and mozzarella or burrata; season with salt and pepper.

Serve with slices of fresh or toasted baguette, and more olive oil for drizzling over top.

BLUSHES & Cucumber Salad

PREP TIME:  35 Minutes

SERVES: Four (as an appetizer)


  • 2 cups Lakeside Blushes  Tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 cup Lakeside Mini Cucumbers, sliced into ribbons using a vegetable peeler
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano leaves
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, finely minced (optional)
  • kosher or artisanal salt and fresh ground pepper taste


Combine the Blushes, Mini Cucumber ribbons, olives, feta, oregano (and garlic if using).

Whisk the lemon juice into the olive oil, and mix into the salad.

Season well with the pepper, and salt.