Summa Salad

June 12, 2009

I guess I’m drogging!? 6 oz of wine is too much for me! I’ve been craving red wine all week and being a Friday night, Matt finally said he was in the mood too (even though he has to get up at 3 in the AM). It’s a big deal for us to open a bottle of wine from our rack, so that’s why we debated on and off all week. Glad we did tonight!

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I was dying of thirst this afternoon. I guess from yoga. I drank two 24 oz bottles of water before and during yoga, plus 2 more 16 oz glasses – no luck! That’s how much I sweated. Finally I had 1/4 of a small watermelon at 5:30 as a snack and finally my thirst and “hunger” went away. It was sooo delicious. I figured there was no better hydrating fruit than a water.melon :)

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We cracked open the wine a little bit later. This was a fantastic malbec/cab blend.

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Does this not scream summertime?

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We had originally planned a Cajun dish for dinner, but I wasn’t feeling a salty, heavy dish, so I switched to a light salad.

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I never eat tabouli because everyone puts red onions in it, and I don’t really like parsley. But I always think it looks SO delicious in photos, so I made my own version. The basics are: quinoa (because we didn’t have bulgur) with mint + oregano, zucchini, tomato, cucumber, lemon, olive oil and shrimp for fun.

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The estimated recipe:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked (I started with a cup, dry, but it was way too much so I only used half and am saving the rest for another dish)
  • ~1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup mint + oregano from our garden, chopped
  • 3/4 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, diced and cooked in some olive oil in a skillet
  • ~10 shrimp, cooked in some olive oil in a skillet
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Few grinds pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

After cooked parts are cooked, toss everything together in a bowl! Serves 3-4.

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On the side we had a little pizza crust leftover from last night

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I had to have a tiny pour more…

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My good friend from high school (my best friend’s brother) is coming to stay with us tonight on his way to Asheville!! He’s not expected until after 9, so we’re going to finish watching Flash Of Genius until Matt has to hit the hay for his early wake-up call.


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1 Nicole June 12, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I bet quinoa is delicious in tabbouleh. Mmmm. And the watermelon looks delicious.

Have a great night!


2 Linda June 12, 2009 at 8:09 pm

As another 2-member household, we also debate for days on whether or not to open a bottle of wine. Not so much because we buy expensive wines. We don’t. Rather, we both drink at most 1.5 glasses (1 glass tops for the Mister). And we just hate wasting it. However, did you ever see Pretty Green Girl’s tip on freezing leftover wine in ice cube trays to use in sangrias and the likes later? We’ve tried it, and it works out well!


3 Anne K. June 12, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Love the watermelon–that’s one of my favorite “extra” ways to hydrate. The quinoa tabouli looks delicious, too! I love that you guys eat outside. It looks so nice there!


4 brandi June 12, 2009 at 8:14 pm

what a nice Friday night! your quinoa tabb. looks great! i love it in the summer – so light and filling.


5 Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 12, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Cheers! Glad you enjoyed the wine!

I have those days too where I can’t quench my thirst after a good, hard workout.

Your dinner looks really good. I love quinoa.

Have a wonderful evening!


6 Jenn (www. ) June 12, 2009 at 8:34 pm

I love that red egg shaped bowl. Mmm… pizza crust! My fav part of pizza.



7 april June 12, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Have a relaxing night!


8 kathie June 12, 2009 at 8:41 pm

while i really enjoy your blog and have had many, many kerf-ish salads and yogurt/grain mixes i may have to unsubscribe after today. you don’t like parsley? but it’s one of the world’s healthiest foods!


9 Katherine June 12, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I love the idea of swapping out the bulgur with quinoa – I bet it makes the tabbouleh even more filling.

Sometimes a little wine buzz is just what the weekend ordered, huh? 😉


10 Kristan @ The Stepford Wife June 12, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Great looking salad, Kath. Thanks for helping me finish my meal plan/shopping list!

I always love your unique pics of the end of the spoon/straw too. :)


11 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) June 12, 2009 at 8:58 pm

what a fun summer night! i’m glad you got your wine on :-)


12 Victoria June 12, 2009 at 9:06 pm

That quinoa salad looks great Very summery. ENjoy your weekend!


13 Emily L. June 12, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Don’t you just love friday evenings in the summer? Everything seems possible.


14 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 12, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Be sure to stay hydrated Kath… especially in this summer heat!

Wow, what an awesome version of tabouli! I love the mixture of all the ingredients. Definitely a perfect summer dish.

Enjoy your company and have a great night! :)


15 Alex June 12, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Kath, this is a bit of a random question, but my husband and I just closed on our first house (in Charlotte!) and are painting most of it. I love the color of your dining room – do you by any chance remember the brand and color name? And does it look the same in person as it does in the pictures? Thanks!


16 Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum June 12, 2009 at 9:19 pm

The salad is gorgeous!! What a great summer day :)


17 [email protected] June 12, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I am rehydrating with watermelon as I type. Hooray summer!


18 Tammy June 12, 2009 at 9:55 pm

What a unique combo for the salad! My husband and I don’t love tabbouleh either, so thanks for the idea.


19 Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) June 12, 2009 at 9:59 pm

What a nice summery meal!


20 thepinkpeppercorn June 12, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I couldn’t be happier about a wine Friday too! Your quinoa tabbouleh looks awesome – there is only so much parsley I can eat too!


21 Joelle (Chasing Pavements) June 12, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Wooo for drogging! And apparently quinoa was the ingredient of choice tonight- I used it for my din as well!


22 JENNA June 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm

everyone has me craving quinoa tonight!! :) Your wine looks delish!


23 Danielle June 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm

What a summery and yummy meal :)


24 Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) June 13, 2009 at 1:57 am

This was incredibly coherent for true “drogging.”

I see you got started on sharing that glass of wine without me! 😉


25 Maya June 13, 2009 at 4:32 am

I LOVE watermelon! I’ve been craving it like crazy after seeing it all over blogworld, so I had to buy one recently and it was a total let down–not sweet at all! It is not amusing eating a big watery watermelon just because you don’t want to throw it away!


26 Marisa (trim the fat) June 13, 2009 at 6:14 am

You made a great salad! I like tabouli, but sometimes it’s a little heavy on the parsley for me, too!

What a beautiful night!


27 Rachel June 13, 2009 at 6:51 am

mmm the salad and the watermelon look so refreshing!


28 Elizabeth June 13, 2009 at 7:17 am

Mmm… tabouli!


29 Katrina (gluten free gidget) June 13, 2009 at 7:21 am

That Tabouli looks A-MAZING! As a Gluten Free girl-y I love that you used quinoa instead of blugur, even if it was as a last resort! :-)


30 Ada June 13, 2009 at 8:59 am

Using quinoa in tabouli is SUCH a great idea! I definitely have to try that. That watermelon also looks great- there’s nothing like watermelon on a hot summer day! Have a nice weekend :)


31 K June 13, 2009 at 9:04 am

I really need to try quinoa! It’s benefits are great!!

Looks like you guys had a nice evening :)


32 Kath June 13, 2009 at 9:31 am

That is a good idea!! And you can always cook with extra white wine.

kathie ,
I know! It’s just too bittery/grassy for me.

Alex ,
Charlotte! You’ll have to come to one of our next parties :) The Summer Pops perhaps?

The paint is La Fonda Olive from Lowes.



33 faith June 13, 2009 at 2:03 pm

i have always been envious of that darling outdoor table, how cute!!!

since i am getting my blog up and running again i was wondering if a few of your loyal readers might check it out and give me some feedback for my first giveaway, it will be from Trader Joes!!! i would also love any advice from you as well!!

i need to get down to charlotte, it sounds like its where things happen down here in nc…


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