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100 days, 100 salads

Back on the blogtrain!

Hi Folks.

Thanks for the patience. I have been enjoying salads but I haven’t been making the time to write about them. My one-salad-a-day journal was a fairly ambitious goal, so I think I will re-start my blogging habits with the goal of sharing when I can instead of a strict once-a-day rule. Sound good? 

As an update, I am going to post a whole bunch of photos that I’ve taken over the past two months- a salad extravaganza!

Joan’s cottage cheese crunch salad… take 5?


Fattoush salad from the wonderful restaurant Noorish– parsley, kale, pomegranate seeds, dehydrated (raw) crackersImage

Lentil salad with pumpkin seeds and cilantroImage

Mung bean sprout salad at Kyoto SushiImage

Tossed salad with red cabbage and green onions (for dinner with the Rajabalis)


Delish bowl of veggie/tofu goodness at the Coup in Calgary


Raw pizza from the Wild Oat in Ottawa– yum!!


Ok, not a salad… but a brie-apricot grilled cheese from the Chateau Laurier!


Katryna’s salad take… 5?


Chickpea salad with roasted peppers, olive oil, and feta cheese


Superfood salad- quinoa with corn, black beans, shrimp, cilantro, avocado


Non-salad pic number 2: heart-shaped chocolate-chip pancakes for Valentine’s!


A very happy Hayley with her ricotta crepe at the Enjoy Centre! 


My roasted beet salad at the Enjoy Centre- with onion relish, goat cheese encrusted with hemp hearts, and fresh greens- second time I’ve had it and still so good!


Today’s salad for church choir potluck: Dean’s salad with chickpeas instead of lentils, and with baby tomatoes and grated carrot


That’s all for now! Hope you are all doing well and enjoying your vegetables :). 



quarter-challenge update

Hi folks!

I’m just over 25 days into the challenge and I’m enjoying myself immensely! Thanks for putting up with me when there is a bit of time between posts- I’m making salads and taking photos everyday but sometimes it takes me a few days to get everything posted. If you haven’t already, you should check out my links sections on the right hand side (scroll down) and PLEASE let me know of your own favourite food blogs/sites! I’m always happy to expand my surf-list :).

I’m also putting out a request for favourite salad ideas/recipes- I can feel myself starting to repeat some of the ones I’ve already made (this week marks the THIRD time I made Katryna’s salad! which is great because I love it, but I think there are lots more out there to be made!). Please send ’em along in a comment or email me at sjfrrll(at)gmail.com. Would love to hear from you!

And thanks to those who have been commenting regularly! I love reading your comments and knowing that you are out there supporting me :).

Send me a note!



katryna’s salad: take 3

So, I really like this salad. (If you couldn’t tell already!) When I’m grocery shopping these days, I always am drawn towards these ingredients. I just can’t help it!

butter lettuce

red onions

lime juice




pear vinaigrette

It’s really good with seeds, too, but I didn’t have any on hand! Let me know if you try it- and what variation you take :).

mom’s salad: take two

I tried Mom’s salad again, this time I sticking to the recipe more closely. I used the canned mandarins and romaine lettuce, and it tasted like I remember! Excitement.

cottage cheese crunch

Yum. I have a new favourite! Joan sent me a long list of salads by email last week, and this was on it! Scott really loved it, and so do I. If you want a light, protein-filled, sweet, crunchy lunch, this is a good one to make!

cottage cheese (plus a tbsp of mayonnaise)

sunflower seeds


diced granny smith apples

diced cabbage



green monster spinach smoothie

I got my salad today in liquid form! Super yummy. I came across the recipe on Pinterest (who wants an invite?), here’s the link:


caprese salad

Mmmm… this salad was super simple and oh so good. My friend Val made this before, and added chickpeas! They would add another ‘mini’ element to the salad and make it even that much more healthy.

mini bocconcini balls

mini tomatoes, quartered

a whole bunch of fresh basil

olive oil/balsamic vinegar/grainy mustard dressing

salt and peppa!

seaweed salad of champions

Friday! Another exciting day. F and I were looking for an adventure that would fit into an afternoon, that would involve some driving, and just might involve something yummy to eat. Now, when someone says ‘want to go to Red Deer for Sushi?’ your first reaction might be ‘umm, no!” But, if you were to try the amazing (and inexpensive) sushi at Shiso, you might just make the 1.5 hour trek there (or respective plane trip from where you are). Since I hadn’t had a salad yet, I asked for a seaweed salad, thinking they would bring a small one in a miso-soup-sized bowl. To our delight, though, they brought a huge bowl of the most fresh, crunchy, yummy salad you can imagine.

Here are some pics:

So inspirational! I am going to have to try this on my own soon…

nothing beets this salad

Thursday! Beet salad! This was an exciting day. I had the most lovely little beets from the farmer’s market that needed to be eaten so I threw them in the oven for about an hour to roast (at 375). When they were easily pierced with a fork, I pulled them out, peeled them (ouch ouch hot!), sliced them up and threw them in a bowl with:

(sliced roasted beets)

lemon juice

olive oil

green onions

feta cheese.

You need to try this! So good!

balanced meal in a green salad!


This was a day of quick lunches put together with what I had on hand. It turned out really well though! I would recommend this for anyone who likes the idea of a balanced salad-meal! (I sure do.) If you don’t have leftover chickpea patties, you could always add straight-up chickpeas or another bean or lentil of your choice.

Here’s what I used:

leftover green salad

crumbled chickpea patties

sweet potatoes (cooked in the microwave to save time!)

flax oil vinaigrette


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