Category Archives: side dish

Farmers Market Chickpea & Veggie Salad

A simple summer salad.

Perfect to enjoy poolside. Perfect to take to a picnic. Perfect just to enjoy at home.

Because hey, summer isn’t over yetttttttttt ;)


Fresh farmers market goodies.

Zucchini. Tomato. Peppers. Jalapenos if you like it spicyyyyy. Woo!


Combined with some pantry staples.

Chickpeas. Black olives. Dried oregano. Black pepper.


Then simply dressed with a basil flavored olive oil.


And some white balsamic vinegar.


I rave about white balsamic vinegar always. Because I adore it. 

Lighter and sweeter than it’s red (purple?) balsamic counterpart.

It’s sheer perfection atop any fresh salad. 

(You can find it either at Trader Joe’s or any grocery store.)

And if you don’t have flavored olive oil, don’tworryaboutitttttt.

Just use the real deal. No biggie :D  


Served all snuggled up in a wheat tortilla with some fresh spring greens.


Doesn’t get much fresher & simpler than that!!

Because hey, we all gotta save as much time for enjoying the outdoors as we can these days.

Which means outta the kitchen. There’s plenty of winter days for that?! ;)

A Sweet Twist on a Summer Classic

A quick summer salad…

With some unexpected sweetness mixed in ;)


This is a twist on a classic cucumber and tomato salad. Which is a summer staple for this girl.

Sweet peaches and fresh basil oil add an additional layer of flavor which suits the summmer time just right if you ask me :)

  • 2 cucumbers, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 peaches, chopped
  • 1 tblsp basil infused oil*
  • 3 tblsp white balsamic vinegar
  • salt, pepper
  • dried basil to taste*

Chop. Combine. Stir. Serve!

*if you don’t have basil oil just use olive oil and sub in some additional dried basil or even some fresh basil leaves


Y’all know I like a good play on flavors like that ;)

Now I just can’t wait to make more summer salads with these lil’ guys too…


Green zebra tomatoes. Who knew??

Kinda like who knew that I could be so tired Sunday night that I could sleep right through this minor event, especially considering that is far from the usual case:


Pretty ecstatic about the fact that I moved my vehicle from its usual parking spot under this tree just hours before haha.

I call that a huge win! :P

Do y’all grow any vegetables of your own at home?? 

Lemon Chickpea Artichoke Summer Salad

What a surprise… another summer salad!!

I know I know :P

But guys. Hear me out. As the weather gets warmer, I love nothing more than a crisp clean dish I can make up on a Sunday night and have for the first few days of the work week!


Makes life not only easy on myself, but also healthy :)

And with a trip to Miami just a couple short weeks away, healthy is definitely a top priority these days! #bikiniweatheralreadywhat?


This salad is super fresh, simple and will taste even better after it has some time to mellow out in the fridge for a few hours or even a day or two!

Perfect for a picnic. Perfect for a lunch. Perfect for a dinner. I think you catch my drift here ;)

And guess what…

I know this might surprise you…

Buttttttttt I’ve been cooking so much these days that I’ve already got a new recipe lined up and ready for y’all that I’m super excited to share!


Sesame Quinoa Chicken & Kale Soup.

Huge hit. Huge. I really think y’all will love this one.

And yes. Looks like she’s backkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk :P (in the kitchen that is!)

Back with more later :)