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Simple Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

IMG_0821Well well well, remember 2 days ago when I said I’d be back the next day with a recipe for you? Well… I lied. (The more astute among you may have already figured that out.)

But I am back now to share that lovely little salad recipe. Not to exaggerate anything, but I really think I should have titled this post THE BEST SALAD EVER. And I know it might  not look like much, but don’t be deceived. It’s easy, it’s light, it requires very few ingredients, and it’s delicious as ****! what more could you want? It’s perfect as a side to just about any meal; in fact you may recognize it as a side dish to this recipe.

My husband requests this salad all the time. He routinely brags to his friends about my cooking abilities, and always mentions that I make an AMAZING salad, and OMG I even make my own dressing, can you believe that?! But honestly, it’s so easy it’s almost embarrassing. You could certainly complicate it a little more, it could be adapted by tossing in more ingredients, but what I am trying to appreciate more these days is simplicity. Let the quality ingredients shine and, for Pete’s sakes, I don’t always have to trash everything up.


IMG_0812 IMG_0818 IMG_0817 It’s by complete coincidence that I am posting a salad recipe immediately following the new year. But it’s a happy coincidence, as I know a lot of you are looking to clean up your diets and work out and blah blah blah, because it’s still January! Resolutions! Clean eating! New Year new me!

And is it just me, or is everyone right now either getting engaged, getting married, getting knocked up, or some combination thereof? I feel like my Facebook feed is currently about 20% engagement photos, 20% wedding photos, 15% ultrasound photos,  and 15% baby photos. The remaining 30% is comprised of mostly links to asinine articles with all manner logical flaws posted by and written by idiots who don’t know what they’re talking about and don’t have any real common sense or even a basic working knowledge of how the world really works. *Rant over*

Uhhh where was I going with this? Oh yeah, people getting married. Well my bestest bestie in all the land, my Fatness (inside joke, long story), is getting married in about 6 months and she is striving to be a buff bride, shedding for the wedding, and all the other annoying little euphemisms people use these days to describe getting in tip-top shape for the biggest day of their life. I promised her I’d accompany her on a trip to the grocery store to stock up on all manner of healthy foods, and I will. This weekend probably. But in addition, I thought she could use a tasty fool-proof salad recipe in her arsenal to accompany on her on this health and wellness journey. So Fatty McRivera, this one’s for you. Just don’t serve this with Easy Mac and hot dogs please. Love you!


Simple Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette


  • 5 oz mixed salad greens, bout half of a large container
  • 1/2 of a large honeycrisp apple, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 of a small red onion, sliced thinly
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp honey


  1. Place salad greens in a large salad bowl and scatter the sliced apples and sliced red onion across the top. Set aside.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking.
  3. Drizzle half the dressing over top of the greens, apples, and onions. Toss and add more dressing to taste.

Cooking For Kids: Hidden Veggie Mashed Potatoes

Now listen, before I even start, I know there are plenty of judgmental mamas out there who look down upon the world from the tippy top of their righteous mountains and make arguments like this one. About how sneaking veggies into your kids’ food is bad, you should send the right messages by making them “eat the same thing you eat!” and suggesting that “if the kids help make it, they’ll want to eat it!”. And you know what? I’m not ashamed to admit, I used to be one of those women…. Before I became a mom.

IMG_0794I have very vivid memories of the first meal that I cooked for the kids; I felt like their diet needed a real nutritional overhaul, and I thought I was just the person to do it. So I put together a fool-proof menu of Italian baked chicken, whole wheat pasta, and sautéed spinach on the side. I proudly told my husband (then boyfriend) the plan for dinner and he voiced some initial concerns about how the meal would be received by our younger patrons, but I assured him that it would be perfectly fine. They were going to help me cook the spinach, so obviously they’d eat it without protest. And they’d helped me pick out the jar of tomato bruscetta at the store, so they’d surely be thrilled with the fruits of their grocery shopping labors! What could go wrong?

Well, everything, as it turns out. My stepson refused to put even a single sautéed spinach leaf on his fork, let alone in his mouth. And my stepdaughter literally RAN to the trashcan and made loud retching noises, to ensure that every single person from here to El Paso knew for damn sure that this was NOT a meal she was enjoying.

It was precious.

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