Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 🙂 I know we sure did! The weather was beautiful and got to enjoy some much needed time with loved ones! Helped throw my friend a bridal shower and made my first cinnamon roll wedding dress ‘cake’ (normally made with cupcakes but I like to take risks and try new things 😉 ), walked in the Leprechaun race downtown with my mom, received a super kind gift from a sweet friend, and enjoyed some much needed R&R at home.
Here are a few pics from the weekend…
and no, I did not try one of these beauties…but I was told they were delicious! I do love to bake!
Isn’t my mother adorable?? ♥
Such an extremely kind gift to receive…meant the world! 🙂
We also had an awesome bon-fire BBQ at my dad’s house Saturday evening…
(Yea…we don’t mess around! 😀 )
…and was asked to make a salad. With the incredible weather we had enjoyed that day it totally made me crave something fresh and delicious, as in something you would enjoy at a summer BBQ! I came across this awesomely scrumptious looking salad from Stupid Easy Paleo and decided to use some of the same veggies she recommends for hers and made up my own dressing.
So here is my twist on Stupid Easy Paleo’s Holy-Guacamole Salad…(and seriously, if a priest did bless an avocado, it would be a holy guacamole! Hehehehehe…I know…horribly cheesy joke…gotta love it! 😀 )
Prep time: 10 mins Makes: 5 cups
3-organic cucumbers, skin and seeds removed
1-pint of red grape or little yellow tomatoes, halved
1-yellow bell pepper (or pepper of choice)
½ red onion
2 jalapeno peppers
1 clove of garlic
1 handful of fresh cilantro
¼ cup of olive oil
1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt (or whichever salt you have)
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp dry mustard
2-crushed cloves of garlic
Dash of cayenne
Cut/dice/chop all veggies and cilantro to your liking and mix together in a large bowl.
For the dressing; add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl, whisk, pour over salad, and ENJOY! *see tip
Tip: I pre-made this salad so I decided to hold-off on adding the avocados and the dressing until I got to my dad’s house. I would almost always recommend making the dressing ahead of time to let the flavors meld together! Just prep, store in an airtight container in your fridge, and dress when ready! So, so tasty!
Luckily, we had some leftover so I finished up the last of the salad yesterday with half of a cooked turkey breast on top! Oh-my-word delicious! The flavors had even MORE time to marinate together and just made the most delicious tasting lunch ever! I was so sad when I looked down to grab another bite and my bowl was empty. 😦 Just means I will need to make another soon!
Hope you all enjoy this salad! Totally perfect for a spring picnic or summer BBQ! So fresh, crisp, and delicious! Yummm!
We can persevere through anything we put our minds and our hearts to. ♥