Ahh…May 24. Today is my friend Sean’s birthday. Normally, I wouldn’t blast my friends’ birthdays on my blog but Sean’s having a bit of difficulty admitting that 1. Birthdays are the shit! (seriously, it’s a whole day for people to celebrate how awesome you are. What’s there not to love) and 2. he’s a year older than he was last year (26 isn’t old, thankyouverymuch!!). So to help him deal with his unhappiness over this particular day, I’m doing what any good friend would do…I’m sharing his birthday with the entire internet world.
(Don’t worry… I don’t get that many hits on this blog)
((He’s still going to kill me and possibly never talk to me again))
So, in celebration of Sean’s birthday, I’m sharing with you today… drum roll please….
Wait..what? I know, it’s weird BUT the ice cream cookie cups I made in his honor will be way better to share with you tomorrow, as in Friday, as in the end of the week. I started the week off with a smoothie, I can’t end it with a salad!
I wasn’t even going to post this on my blog cause I didn’t want to bore you but my roomie, Bonnie, said it sounded pretty good and was interested so I figured I’d give it a shot. After all, this blog was designed to share with you my vegan meals and this is what I’ve been having for dinner all week
Veggy Salad with Quinoa
from Lauren Conrad.com
- a big handful of mixed greens, lettuce and/or baby spinach (I used baby spinach)
- 1/2 an avocado, cubed
- a handful of cherry tomatoes (I slice mine in half, which is sort of weird but the only way I can eat them)
- 1/2 a cucumber
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- balsamic vinegar, olive oil and lemon,lime or orange juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine greens to quinoa together in a big bowl. Mix together the vinegar, olive oil and juice. Pour over salad and top with salt and pepper.
I didn’t put measurements for the dressing because honestly, I never measure this out. I always do a few glugs of balsamic vinegar, a splash of oil because I really don’t like a ton, and a little more lime juice than oil. Not very scientific.
The addition of the quinoa is great because it makes the salad really filling. I feel like, though salads can be really good for you, they often don’t hold you over. This one actually makes you feel full and satisfied so I’m a big fan! Thank you pinterest for introducing me to Lauren Conrad’s website. I’m kind of a fan now!
So in conclusion, Happy Birthday, Sean! As my present to you, I won’t make you eat this salad because I know it’s not up your alley. And I hope you still speak to me at work. =D