Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Best Little Greek-Inspired Summer Salad


How in the world are we already mid-way through June? It's hot and sticky outside and I'm deep in the bowels of coming into our busy season at work. That means none other than two things: quick, easy and refreshing summer food is happening a lot in my kitchen and with the days lasting longer with the sun out well past 8 p.m., we have been out enjoying the evenings for nice, long walks through the neighborhood. And can I just say how much I'm loving winding down from my day with fresh air and doing my best at not getting sucked into the temptation of the routine of the DVR and the couch? I'm really, really enjoying it a lot more than I figured I would. Sometimes that couch REALLY calls my name come 7:30 but I just find that I feel better when I'm out being active and being couped up in a cold office 8 hours a day makes me really want to get out there and soak up some vitamin D. Oh, the pastyness, y'all! These legs are blinding. #whiteonwhiteonwhite

In other news, think I've finally gotten through the sticky phase of getting used to my new position at work and although that means that I'm still no expert in balance, I am excited to spend a little more of my time on here sharing new recipes, new (to me) beauty favorites (there are so, SO many!) and getting back to the heart of what this little space was created for. 

While summer is in full swing, so is outdoor dining and pool time and barbecues and swim suits and sun tan lotion and sun dresses and SO necessary summertime side dishes that are crisp and refreshing and don't leave you with guilt, bloat and feeling just, well, gross. For me, summertime eating is always a little more fresh and I'm always a little more conscious of what I'm putting in my mouth when it's 1,000 degrees outside. Maybe it's the fact that my knees are showing or that my bare arms make an appearance from time to time, I don't know. Big, heavy meals even before this lifestyle change didn't sound as appealing in the summer months-- except tacos.. because Texas. Come summer, I am just all about fresh ingredients, trips to the farmer's market, crispy vegetables with healthy dips, I find that I'm drinking my water, and everything just seems to be a little more alive in the summer. Am I right? #imright

One night after work, I stared at a bag of my trusty ol' favorite Trader Joe's Organic Riced Cauliflower and some produce and odds and ends in the fridge that I needed to use up and before I knew it, this refreshing, incredible picnic-friendly side dish was born and I just absolutely love it. Add some chicken breast or shrimp and you have yourself a meal, it's just that versatile. 


Greek Cauliflower Salad 

Ingredients
2 bags of Trader Joe's Organic Riced Cauliflower
1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2-3/4 cup fresh olive salad (I picked up a jar from the local farmer's market)
1 cucumber, peeled and diced 
3/4- 1 cup Greek salad dressing (Maybe more depending on your taste)

Directions
1. Place contents of 2 bags of cauliflower rice in a skillet over medium high heat and let cook until slightly browned on the bottom. About 10-12 minutes. Stir frequently
2. While cauliflower is cooking, wash and halve cherry tomatoes
3. Wash, peel and dice cucumber
4. Add cut up vegetables to the cauliflower
5. Add in olive salad and stir the contents of the salad
6. Measure out about 3/4 cup of salad dressing to start, mix and add more to taste if needed
7. Heat the salad for 8-10 minutes to let all of the flavors meld and stir frequently.
8. Turn off heat and let cool

*Can be served hot, cold or lukewarm. I prefer cold and store it in the fridge to keep it fresh.*


This dish would be so wonderful poolside or at a barbecue or potluck with friends and I hated to even write a recipe because it was just TOO simple to whip up. But y'all. You NEED this in your life! The crisp cucumbers, the juicy tomatoes, the bite that the olives add.. it's absolutely perfect summer food and I know you will love it. 

Happy Wednesday, my beauties! Make it count. 

XOXO


 
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