Summer Salad {vegan} Recipe

A few weeks ago we all went to a Pot Luck dinner and I was to bring something vegan for my husband that everyone could eat. I wanted to make sure that he got some protein, good grains and of course some veggies. So when I found this recipe at Once Upon a Chef, I figured it was a win-win.

I love salads in the summer time for some reason more than in the winter. Maybe I just feel there is more variety in local veggies and fruits which to me, makes the salad. In searching for something vegan on Pinterest that would appeal to everyone, I thought this would be it. I had a bulgur/quinoa mix to use up and picked up the remaining veggies we needed. Well, my husband did 🙂

Vegan Summer Salad


  • 1 can of chic peas (drained, washed)
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • Cucumber
  • Red Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup fresh Dill
  • 1/3 Cup fresh Parsley
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1-2 lemons (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1-2 cups Quinoa (I put in a mix of Quinoa and Bulgar @ 2 cups and it made a tone of it).

It goes with everything! We had a BBQ pot luck and then I ate it with salmon and asparagus the next day. I changed the recipe a little and had 2 cups of quinoa/bulgur mix which in the end was a lot but good for a pot luck. If I was only making it for us as a family, I would have stayed with the 1 cup.

Again, the original recipe can be found at Once Upon A Chef.

What’s your favourite summer salad to eat?

What do you make for a Pot Luck?

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve put in your salad?

Piper’s Run ~ Weekend at the Ranch

Well, maybe not at the Ranch but our weekend went a little something like this:

Friday – crap, I don’t remember what we did. Oh yeah, Hilary and I went to a Baby Cafe and hung out with some mom’s and babies and enjoyed International Women’s Day. Friday night, my husband worked until 10:30 PM, so I just managed the night bouncing back and forth between feedings, bath, bed time, more feedings, bed time and I may have checked my email and Pinterest.

I managed to start cloth diapering Hilary today – very proud of myself as I’ve been struggle to put those darn cute things on her. Sad to say that by Saturday night she had THE worst rash ever. #frustratedmama urgh

Saturday – after a lazy morning we went to our local farmer’s market. Lilly and I shared a pakora and played in a yurt. Once we got home we then shared a lamb samosa – oh my – one of my favourite things to eat. I’m so glad she likes pakora’s and samosa’s – fingers crossed Hilary does too!

I managed to get in a workout at 9:15 PM again! The girls were asleep and I rocked out Level 1 of the 30 Day Shred again. Surprisingly, I am feeling great today – no sore muscles.

Spring forward 1 hour!!!!

Sunday – we slept in until 9am (really, the old 8am with the time change) but it was good. Sai walked our dog, Lilly and I cuddled with Hilary and then started breakfast while Hilary got a few more zzzzz’s. We packed up the car and went to our friends house for an outdoor brunch n’ campfire. It was great. A little cool, snow to play in, campfire, great people (kids and adults) to hang out with and food to fill our bellies.  It was a great morning to be outside and we all enjoyed the day; a new year’s resolution completed for this weekend.

We struggled with nap time and bed time because of the time change but really, being an hour behind is okay….we’ll catch up at some point.

And thanks to a Mamaof4, I now know where the Quinoa Bites recipes come from: So Very Blessed. I mentioned in the “Cheesy Quinoa Bites” that my friend had shared the recipe with me but I didn’t know where she got it from. I like to give credit to other blogs because I sure did not come up with either recipe, I just shared them. So Very Blessed is a great blog that I just checked out and now follow – she has WAY more quinoa recipes too…check it out.

Another great weekend in the books!

What did you do this weekend? 

Did you get outside?

Have you survived the time change?