Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sunny Salad.... :)

Happy June!!
Or June gloom as we call it in these parts.
The sun kinda hides behind the clouds this time
of year, but I aint complainin!!
No way! This AZ native has seen enough sun to last a
lifetime. I LOVE me some May gray and June gloom!!

And you wanna know what else I love?
Salads. Yep. Love to make em and eat em.
This here is one of my recent faves, and if you're
in AZ where it's already hovering around 3 digit temps
then this is the salad for you!!

This recipe belongs to the fabulous Ina.
I love her. She's my go to gal for all things yummy:)

6 cups baby arugula
1/8 seedless watermelon (about 2 cups) cut into 1-inch cubes
12 oz. feta cheese cut into cubes (or use the crumbled)
1 cup fresh mint leaves, julienned 
* I add pine nuts for crunch:)

Start by cubing up your watermelon into perfect 1 inch cubes
a la Ina. Discard all those that aren't perfect. 
Totally kidding:)

Then cube up your feta next. Or if you don't feel up to 
cubing everything you can just use crumbled feta and call it a day!
Because who really cares right??!!
And Ina can't see it anyway.

Next up, julienne your mint.
Ok really Ina? Who has time for that??
And again, WHO CARES!!
Chop it up and throw it in.
I use a ton of mint. Because mint and watermelon
are a match made in heaven:)

Throw all those ingredients in a bowl and git to gittin
on your tasty dressing.

Citrus Vinaigrette
1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup minced shallots
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

This dressing is FABU I'm telling you!!
(I'm a poet and didn't know it- AGAIN!!)
It's the perfect balance of tart and sweet.

Whisk all those ingredients and pour them over you salad and toss.
Here's a few variations on this cool summer salad.


 Since I made enough salad for a party of one,
I hopped in my car and headed for the beach:)

Because the sun decided to make a little appearance
and I was going to go enjoy it:)

And enjoy I did!
I never thought in my life I would welcome the sun.
But today was a beautiful 63 sunny degrees for a bit

Thank you Ina for the fabulous recipe!
Thank you Carp for the fabulous weather!
Another match made in heaven:)


  1. Yummy! That looks really, really good. June has started out in Southern Manitoba, Canada, a little bit like yours there in California. Gloomy with a bit of sun peeking through. I never thought I would ever compare Manitoba to California!
    Have a wonderful week.

  2. You are the cutest. Gonna have to make this asap. And, I too love Ina and all her over the top ways.

  3. Stop being so cute & perfect!

  4. Hey cute girl, can you point me to the blog post about your moms birthday(?) parents anniversary(?)
    The celebration where your daughter and her BF planned and carried out everything I believe it was a "60 Rocks" kinda theme! Thanks! asap would be great! xo

    1. Search the words Proud Mama in the search bar over there ---->

  5. Hi Kathy! It was Rio's BF Chase's moms 60th:)