Summer Salad

Well, Hello There
It’s been a little while. Things have been busy around here since my kids got out of school. I always look forward to summer vacation starting so we can “relax” a little but I forget how busy it can be trying to keep my kids entertained. No complaints though, I’m enjoying taking my kids places and sleeping in a little more.

In the last three weeks, we have visited the beach, had friends over, read library books, gone to the movies and my daughter has already been to Disneyland four times!

The beach is my absolute favorite place to visit. I would love to live right by the beach but I’m glad I live close enough to drive there in less than an hour.


It was a little overcast the day we went which made for a beautiful view. There is nothing like blue skies, clouds and the ocean all in the same picture.


This view makes me want to paint. I used to paint in high school and loved every minute of it. I painted mostly landscapes involving some body of water. Go figure 🙂


I used a filter on Instagram which made this one more vibrant in color. Just looking at this picture makes me smile.

Last week, my son had a friend over. His mom, Nikki and I visited while our boys played outside. Nikki is a sweet friend who I met online. It may sound funny, but we started talking and realized how much our boys had in common so we met in person for a “play date” and discovered we also had a lot in common. 🙂 We can talk about food and health for hours. lol.

Because it’s been warm, I’ve been craving a lot of fruit and this salad definitely took care of that.


Chopping the fruit


We had quinoa, chickpeas, blueberries, strawberries, and avocado.



These strawberries were so pretty I had to get a close up.


The blueberries were nice too 🙂


I used baby spinach and romaine lettuce for our salad.


I also added some pecans and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette.

IMG_0498The best food pictures are usually taken outside.

IMG_0500How pretty is that? Yes, I enjoyed every little bite. Nikki said it was great too 🙂

This was so easy to make. The only thing you really have to do is rinse and chop.


Romaine lettuce & baby spinach

Quinoa (excellent source of protein)

Chickpeas (also good source of protein & fiber)

Strawberries and blueberries (antioxidants)

Pecans (good source of fat)

Avocado (also good source of fat)

Balsamic vinaigrette  (I thought about making my own but I used Trader Joes, much easier) 🙂




4 thoughts on “Summer Salad

  1. Nikki Ely says:

    Hi Marlene-thanks for the nice things you said in this blog. We surely had a great time!

    From, Nikki Sent from my iPhone


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