On Sunday, I leave for a 14-day trip to Portugal.
Please know that I tried to write that first sentence for about 10 minutes. But nothing poetic or eloquent ever came from my keyboard. I also didn’t want to risk “burying the lead”, as they say. So I just put it out there. A simple statement of fact. And I couldn’t be more excited.
Portugal is a place that I’ve never visited. And this trip is for a duration of time I haven’t “allowed” myself to take off in years. My only recent vacations have been work-related. And while those can certainly be fun and relaxing in their own way, let’s be honest, they aren’t true vacations by any measure.
So. Portugal here I come. I’m meeting a girlfriend and we’re taking in the whole country. I can’t wait to eat the food (obviously), see the beaches, learn about the people and so much more.
My goal is not to work while I’m overseas. But I will be around on Instagram, sharing tidbits here and there when the Wi-Fi allows. I hope you’ll follow along. And if anyone has any last minute must-see/must-do/must-eat suggestions, please drop me a line and let me know. I’d love to hear about them!
With my trip fast approaching, my mind has become an exceedingly busy place. I’m consumed with all the usual everyday stuff. Plus, I’m trying really hard not to forget anything essential, like my passport or camera. Lists and sticky notes have become my life.
The only other thing taking up real estate in my brain these days is this Corn, Zucchini and Cantaloupe Salad with Prosciutto and Fresh Herbs. It’s a recipe that I created a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t stop making it, eating it and thinking about it. It’s the best of Summer, filled to the brim with wonderful seasonal produce. And it has just enough salty prosciutto to make it feel kind of luxurious. Prosciutto is an item that I don’t buy often, as I’ve given up most pork products over this last year. But I must admit, it tastes mighty fine in this salad. It was certainly worth the splurge.
I’ve recently become kind of obsessed with this buttermilk dressing from Stonewall Kitchen, and it’s what I used in my version of this salad. But any buttermilk or ranch dressing would provide an excellent creamy component. So just use your favorite homemade or store bought version. It’s all good!
This Corn, Zucchini and Cantaloupe Salad with Prosciutto and Fresh Herbs is a snap to toss together, so I’m sharing it as part of our monthly 30 Minute Thursday recipe round-up (links below for more quick and easy recipes!). I hope you get the chance to give it a try before Summer’s over.
OK, friends. I’m out for a couple weeks. Stay cool and safe. I’ll be back towards the end of August!
Guacamole Pita Pizzas from She Likes Food
Italian Chicken Salad from Pumpkin N’ Spice
Quinoa Corn Chowder from The Recipe Rebel
Teriyaki Salmon Foil Pockets from Life Made Sweeter
This post was originally published here on August 29, 2014. It’s a favorite recipe of mine, so I thought it was worth re-visiting with new and improved photos. I hope you try it out!
I have been in a MEGA salad mood these past couple of weeks. Like, I literally can’t stop eating salads. They’re all I want. All day. Every day.
I’ve always been a big salad eater. But you know how there are some days when you’re just eating a salad because you feel like you’re suppose too be. Like, maybe you’re trying to erase some poor choices from the day before. Yeah. I’ve had my fair share of those moments (most recently, this past Saturday). I think we all have.
But lately, I don’t feel like that at all. My appetite for salads has been insatiable. Luckily for me, there is an overwhelming amount of delectable Summer produce available right now. So feeding my salad desires has never been so easy. Or delicious.
This Grilled Potato and Fig Salad with Maple-Almond Clusters has been a favorite recipe of mine for years now. And it’s currently making it’s way back into heavy rotation. I’m literally obsessed with this salad. And as long as I can reliably find fresh figs at the grocery story, that obsession will continue. Fig season is SO SHORT (which pains me greatly). So when they are around, you know damn straight I’m taking advantage of them in every way possible.
I’m also taking advantage of my grill while the weather allows, grilling both the potatoes and the figs for this recipe. The potatoes do require a little pre-cooking, which helps them to cook evenly on your grill without burning. But it’s worth the extra step. Because everything tastes better from the grill. Even salads.
I find that I don’t need much in the way of dressing for this salad. Just a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar is plenty for me. But you can add some extra-virgin olive oil, if desired.
Beware these maple-almond clusters. They are pretty much like crack. CRACK I tell you! It takes a lot of willpower not to eat (demolish?) the entire batch in one sitting. You might want to just go right ahead and double the recipe, so you have enough for nibbling on and for topping this salad. Trust me when I say they are highly addicting.