Today’s guest post is from my high school friend Heather! She writes the blog: A Young Wife’s Tale. I really enjoy her blog because her daughter is ADORABLE and it’s fun to read real life friend’s blogs. She is also one of the craftiest friends I have as well as a fellow expat (living in London), which makes me love her even more. Today in her guest post she shares a yummy salad recipe along with a little bit of her life. Make sure you check out her blog: A Young Wife’s Tale
I’m Heather and this is my daughter Milo
I am so happy that Mary asked me to do a guest blog. I love reading about her journey to a healthy happy life and becoming a beautiful wife. I met Mary in high school and have always secretly wished I had her wit and always admired how fearless and independent she is. Now that we are thousands of miles apart, we are probably talking more than ever. I am so bummed to miss her wedding, but I can’t wait to see all the pictures.
So at first I didn’t know what I should write about. Then it hit me–I wanted to talk about my lunch! I know, exciting right?! Well, first a little disclaimer. I’m not on a diet. I’m not even really watching what I eat. (say what?!) Well, I just moved to London and am trying to enjoy all the tasty food since we are eating out a lot. Once we get settled into a house, I will reign my ravenous appetite in :) My goal as of late has been to eat fresh food. Period. I try to stay away from processed food and eat organic/local when I can.
On to the super duper delicious lunch…. Being in London, grocery shopping is a bit different. They do have grocery stores, but I don’t live very close to one right now and I don’t have a car here yet. I pretty much walk to take the tube everywhere. I wanted to show you my food–from the source. A couple of the pictures aren’t the best, but visualize… me with Milo in the carrier strapped on my front, the diaper bag strapped on my back, my grocery bag on my shoulder, DSLR in hand. Considering all those factors, I’d say they are awesome.
The ingredients you need:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Fresh Basil
- Lettuce Mix or Spinach
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Salt and Pepper
- Olive oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Apple Cider vinegar
- Either a lemon, lime, or orange
There is a guy that works here who is extremely cheeky. It always makes my day to talk to him. He tells the other customers that Milo is his daughter :)
They have the tastiest meat pies. The beef and cheese is to die for!
I picked up Buffalo mozzarella and a Rotisserie chicken….because I’m lazy and because it’s the best rotisserie chicken I have ever tasted. Writing about it is making my mouth water.
I would have gone to the farmer’s market, but there wasn’t one open nearby today.
This one is great though. They have some amazing hummus. It’s spelled Houmous here–don’t even get me started on that one. I’ve been on a hummus and lamb kick lately.
I picked up some cherry tomatoes, an avocado, some mixed greens, and I should have picked up some basil, which I forgot. I have the worst memory ever…. I mean ever. I once stood up an old lady from my pottery class who invited me out to dinner. I forgot. True story. I know, I’m a horrible person.
Then I headed over to the local Bakery.
This place is dangerous…. They have cupcakes and pastries that are just asking to be eaten. So far I have resisted and stuck with the fresh bread. Not like that’s any better for me.
I have fallen in love with this rosemary, olive oil, and sea salt bread. So, being the kick person that I am, I picked it up. When I like something, I get on a kick. I will eat the same thing every day until I am so tired of it that I cant eat it again for 6 months. I don’t know why I’m like that. Maybe I’m just a little bit crazy….who are we kidding, a lot crazy
So that’s all I had to pick up. I already had the other ingredients. On to the prep.
Salad dressing: (Makes 1/2 cup)
- 1/6 cup Apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
- Salt and pepper
- Zest of a citrus fruit. (lemon, lime, orange)
- 1 Tablespoon-ish of the juice from the fruit.
- Crushed Garlic
- Cayenne pepper
- or whatever spice you like
I had actually made a video on how to make the salad–all Rachel Ray Style. Problem was, it took me longer to make the video than it actually takes me to make the salad. It takes me about 6 minutes to make the dressing and salad. So I think i will have to save the cooking videos for a more complicated recipe:) Salad making isn’t really an exact science. My philosophy is to add more of what you like and less of what you don’t. However, I know some people really like measurements. This is an estimate of what I used.
- 1.5 Cup Mixed greens
- 1/2 Avocado sliced
- 1.75 Oz of Mozzarella
- 1 cup Cherry tomatoes Halved
- 3/4 Cup Chicken diced
- (Minced Basil if you remember it :)
I added this up and it comes out to roughly 575cal. Some ways to reduce the number of calories: Use part skim mozzarella, Use Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette, reduce the size (duh), use grilled chicken, or homemade Roasted Chicken seems to be slightly lower in calories.
This salad is so easy and perfect for when you are on the go. It’s great for taking to work for lunch and it doesn’t take you forever to make it in the morning. A great way to make this as a side salad is to just to do a tricolor salad of tomato, mozzarella, and avocado with pepper and balsamic drizzle. Its a super simple salad that any of your guests will love. For a little extra goodness, slice up some yummy bread like the one I got at the bakery and dip it in the leftover dressing…Mmmmm . I hope you enjoy!