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! 😛

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

What a surprise… another summer salad!!

I know I know 😛

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 😛 (in the kitchen that is!)

Back with more later :)

Farro… Not to be confused with pharoah??

Womp womp. I really didn’t say that, promise 😉

But all “jokes” aside… this lil’ lemony accented Greek inspired farro salad is most definitely fit for a king!

See what I did there?


So I stumbled upon this 10 minute Farro on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s…


I had heard of it before, seen it on various cooking shows, however never used it in my own kitchen.

And I think y’all know how those “situations” end…. time to change all that! 😛

So what is farro anyways?

Farro is a fiber-rich grain that releases starch as it cooks, yet maintains a chewy al-dente texture, which makes it ideal for risotto-style dishes. Farro can also be used in salads, soups, and breads. 


We’re working with some protein in there too eh!! :)

So I figured that since I’ve been on such an artichoke kick lately, what better way to enjoy this new-found ingredient than combined with some ‘chokes and other delicious Greek-inspired add ins?!


Perfect flavors for the summer :)

This simple salad comes together as fast as boiling the farro…


Rinsing the artichokes…


Stirring up a quick vinaigrette… 


And combining all the goods!!


Roasted red peppers…


Black olives…




I mean how good does this look already??

I just adore warmer weather inspired recipes like this, easy clean flavors but just so good!


Lemon thyme vinaigrette.


And there you have it.

Deliciously refreshing, whether served warm or cool!


Plus the texture of farro is one that I now can’t seem to get enough of.

Just a bit of a “chew” makes it so much more fun that your classic rice or quinoa!


And while we’re on the topic of warm or cool…

Just a lil tip for y’all, this goes wonderfully served cool atop a bed of greens with a little extra dressing.

And also — wait for ittttt — added to a hot pan with a couple eggs and turned into a fried rice of sorts!

I know. Me too. Mind blown. So good 😉

So. Farro. Give it a try. I think you’ll like it!