Thursday morning was one of the best mornings I have had in a long time. I didn't have to be at work at my usual time of 7:00 A.M. so I was able to partake in my old morning routine. This old morning routine originated during my "funemployment" stage of life and consisted of me watching the Today Show in my pajamas, eating breakfast and drinking coffee, while reading my daily blogs. Since I have begun working, I haven't been able to do most of these things and they have been greatly missed. Breakfast and coffee now happen at my desk and I haven't watched a minute of the Today Show since May. It was great being reunited with the whole gang and catching up on blogs was a breath of fresh air and an incredible source of inspiration.
Thursday morning, all of my favorite morning things were brought back in to my life and it was while I was perusing one of my favorite blogs that I came across a new blog and a new recipe source! Marshalls Abroad is a blog that captures the life of a married couple recently relocated to Japan. Amanda blogs about their life and also some incredible-looking recipes. Her chopped salad recipe looked delicious from the moment I laid eyes on it and even though I didn't have the exact ingredients, I knew that I could recreate it and it was a smashing success. For something that was thrown together on a late Thursday night after a day of being out in the hot sun and a tough workout, I can say that it was the perfect meal and one of the best salads I have ever eaten (this includes all salads; homemade and ordered in restaurants).
My Favorite Chopped Salad
Inspired by Marshalls Abroad
Serves 1 (the original recipe serves 4)
For the salad
1/4 head of romaine, or other bunch of lettuce
3-4 medium strawberries, chopped
1/2 mango, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
3 scallions, sliced
8 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 slices of bacon, cooked crispy and then chopped
small bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped
small handful of feta
For the dressing
1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil
juice from 1/2 of a lemon
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon agave nectar
1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
pinch of sea salt
(could add a splash of balsamic vinegar but I was all out)
Place the lettuce in the bottom of a shallow bowl and then arrange your toppings on top. Mix all ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and mix well before dressing your salad. Enjoy!
Other recipes that I can't wait to try from my new favorite blog--
This salad will be on repeat.