Green Salad with Summer Fruits

salad_fruit-10I’m going to give you fair warning now- my future mother-in-law gave me 8 fresh mangoes last week (out the back of her trunk actually, like some underground deal), and since then, I’ve been on a crazy fruit binge. Summer berries and fruits are in their primetime right now, and my pantry and fridge are loaded with nectarines, blueberries, strawberries, and of course, these lovely mangoes. The end result is- you’ll be seeing a lot of fun fruity recipes on here for the next few weeks 🙂

This salad is anything but ordinary. It’s got the solid base of leafy greens, sure, but packed inside are juicy tangy bites of all my favorite fruits. Nutty sliced almonds round out the mix, and the lime juice dressing brings out a tart citrusy flavor that really unifies the whole deal. Your lunchtime will never be the same once you try this combo!

I was inspired to combine these ingredients after looking up “Mango” in one of my new favorite books, The Flavor Bible (Amazon Affiliate Link). Mangoes go swimmingly with almonds and lime, believe it or not- and I figured there was no better way to showcase this combination than in a light, refreshing salad!

Green Salad with Summer Fruits
 
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Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 2 cups spinach, arugula, or a mix, chopped
  • ⅓ cup fresh blueberries
  • 6-8 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 2-3 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 tbsp neutral tasting oil (like grapeseed)
  • juice and zest of one lime

Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients except oil, zest and lime juice. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the oil, zest and lime juice, and drizzle over top of the salad. Toss again, serve and enjoy!

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No new wedding updates this week- however the weather forecast does look dismal for this weekend, when we’re supposed to be taking our engagement shoots. Hot, humid, and thunderstormy… I’m hoping we can find a gazebo to shoot under otherwise we’re going to have to postpone!

What are your weekend plans?

Happy Eating 🙂
mally

Smoothie Sundays: Tropical Spinach Smoothie

Tropical Spinach Smoothie

So, by far the best perk about being engaged (okay, besides the whole marrying the love of your life thing) is that part where you get to put everything on your dream home wishlist into a public forum, and actually receive all (or most!) of those things with no damage done to you, your person, or your wallet!

That’s right, folks, I’m talking about the best thing ever: the wedding registry!

I am having so much fun adding things to our registries (yeah… we have three, whoops). Our collection of random home and kitchen items is currently an amalgamation from 3 different apartments, some things coming from previous tenants I never even met. Out will go all the cheap plastic plates, metal wire hangers, NY Rangers plastic cups, and random mismatch spoons.

Although, it’s a little daunting because we don’t even know where we’re going to move to after we get married just yet, what our styles will be like in 5 years, or how much space we’ll eventually have. Right now I’m having people send their gifts to my parents’ house because we have no more room for fun things in our tiny, tiny kitchen:

My tiny kitchen

(This is it: yup, that’s all the counter space we have. Count ’em, TWO drawers, both about 8 inches wide. Oh yes, those are the George Foreman, the rice cooker, the dutch oven, and the roasting pan hanging out on top of our cabinets because they literally do not fit anywhere else. And some random fake ivy… I should probably throw that out… LOVE APARTMENT LIVING!)

But I digress. Registries! So fun!!!

At least one thing I won’t have to register for is a blender… got that taken care of! I am real excited to share this smoothie with you guys today- it’s one of my new favorites, and it’s helping me get in the mood for the spring-like weather that’s just around the corner.

Tropical Spinach Smoothie

Blend up some delicious tropical fruits and spinach with some carrot juice, and you have a real breakfast time fiesta on your hands:

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Smoothie Sundays: Tropical Spinach Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen peaches OR ½ cup frozen mangoes
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tbsp protein powder (optional)

Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Drink up!

Before you all go, for all you married, engaged, or really any ladies and gents out there, can you help me out with a few things?

  1. Did you make a wedding website? Necessary, not?
  2. Did you register for china? Again, necessary, or not? (I’m kinda leaning towards not…)
  3. What is your favorite thing you registered for and received?
  4. What is your favorite thing you didn’t register for and received?
  5. What’s one thing you wish you had registered for?

Thanks in advance! Have a great week, friends!

Happy Blending 🙂
mally