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the essential summer salad – a guest blog post

Hey guys!! I am SUPER excited to announce that I am starting a new guest blog post series over at Bitte, a small batch and artisan children’s online store that offers clothing and toys that are unique and built to last. Run by mother and daughter duo, Maia McDonald Smith and Sara McDonald, their store and blog embody many similar values as Nyssa’s Kitchen, and I’m thrilled to be connecting with their audience. I’m also incredibly excited for you to explore their beautiful and sustainable goods – their shop is always the first place I look for gifts for little ones, and I think you’ll see why when you check them out!

The first post that I’ll be sharing on their blog is a recipe for the essential summer salad.. Continue reading for the first part of the post, and then click the link below to get the full recipe!


Ahhh Summer. The season of sun kissed shoulders, light that stretches late into the evening, and dining al fresco with meals where all you need is a simple main dish and a lovely salad to round everything out. And if you have a green thumb, it’s a salad that’s been made with freshly picked vegetables from the garden. Cue in the essential summer salad.

A salad that loves being paired with whatever’s on the menu, comes together in less than 10 minutes, and hosts a variety of nutritionally dense summer veggies that (if you have a garden) are probably going bonkers right now.

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Loaded Greek Salad bowl with crispy chickpeas and creamy jalepeno dressing {gluten free + dairy free option}

Summer is coming and that means allllll the loaded salad bowls! And we’re kicking off the warm weather salad vibes with this gem right here – a loaded greek salad bowl with crispy chickpeas and creamy jalepeño dressing!

Loaded greek salad bowl with crispy chickpeas and creamy jalepeño dressing is satisfying, healthy and easy to make! Packed with crisp greens, loads of veggies, buttery casteltravano olives, crispy chickpeas and feta cheese it's a salad lovers DREAM!

I first had the notion to put together a greek salad bowl during a lunch date with myself at Oddfellows Cafe here in Seattle. If you’re ever in Seattle do yourself a favor and brunch, lunch or have dinner there! It’s a great space with delicious food + and a wonderful drink selection.

They had a special running for a greek salad, and I sorta fell in love with it.

The weekend after that we were heading out to the coast to vacation on the beach for memorial day weekend with some friends of ours, and needed to plan all of our meals for the trip. I tried my hand at throwing together a loaded greek salad and it turned out so great. I knew with a couple more simple tweaks it was destined to be shared with you.

why you’ll love this loaded greek salad bowl

 

It comes piled high with tender spicy greens, sweet tomatoes, briny and buttery casteltravano olives (these olives bring me to my KNEES!), fresh cucumbers, cubed smoked turkey for some protein, spiced crispy chickpeas, all the fresh herbs, green onions, and a little feta cheese to set it off IF that’s your style.

And did I mention it’s topped with a creamy jalepeño dressing ?🙂

I DIE.

This situation is pretty much salad heaven, you guys.

Definitely not a classic greek salad, but we’ve all probably had our fair share of that, right?

Loaded greek salad bowl with crispy chickpeas and creamy jalepeño dressing is satisfying, healthy and easy to make! Packed with crisp greens, loads of veggies, buttery casteltravano olives, crispy chickpeas and feta cheese it's a salad lovers DREAM!

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watermelon and arugula salad with mint and red onion

who’s ready to savor these last weeks of summer like the boss’s that we are? say yes and I promise to make you all the watermelon and arugula salad with mint red onion 😉

because everybody’s summer deserves this salad.

watermelon arugula salad with mint and red onion - a super easy and healthy salad made with juicy watermelon, red onion, fresh mint, arugula and a simple lime vinaigrette. the perfect summer salad! | www.nyssaskitchen.com watermelon arugula salad with mint and red onion - a super easy and healthy salad made with juicy watermelon, red onion, fresh mint, arugula and a simple lime vinaigrette. the perfect summer salad! | www.nyssaskitchen.com

in reality I’m actually kind of freaking out over here about ALL THE watermelon AND tomatoes AND salad greens AND berries because from June –> July I wasn’t in my kitchen for almost 5 weeks – gasp! 😳

all the seasonal goodies I missed!

the first official 3 weeks of summer I was traveling for work (Spain + Israel : NO COMPLAINTS!) and then the next couple of weeks I was on the road chasing bands and dancing barefoot in the grass under the stars with my hubby and BFF + a dozen of my other favorite people in the world (also, NO COMPLAINTS! life is good. ) BUT I did miss hanging out in the kitchen, windows open, music on, tinkering around with whatever good things are in season.

so now I definitely feel like I have some catching up to do when it comes to summer produce, and time is running out, so let’s get to it!  Continue reading