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The first line of writing a blog post is almost always the hardest part, don’t know why, but now that I took the cheater route for today’s intro line I can relax and tell you about this salad. #LazyGirl
It’s been pretty busy this week because we are getting closer to a trip and that means packing, planning, and of course we still have to eat so I’ve still been doing a lot of cooking. Oh, and on a random tangent, remember me telling you how my poor laptop got a boo-boo? Haha, well in terms for everyone older than 5, I’m talking about how the SD card slot got totally damaged beyond use. Yeah, that was a huge bummer. Like I mentioned the other day though, I ordered an adapter for my card but I won’t be getting it for at least a week. The good news is that I remembered I have a camera cord to connect it to my laptop. It’s been allowing me to do my photos easier than having to move them through another laptop, so that’s awesome. Sorry if I’m boring you with these random details of my life.
Okay, so when my week gets busy I tend to really gravitate towards quicker and easier stuff. I mean, I think we all do that right? For me, salads are a big go-to because you can literally just put everything into a bowl and mix it up, done. Oh my goodness, I sound so lazy today. Hey, what can I say, it’s hump day.
So anyway, salads, is it just me or do they tend to get a really bad rep? I feel like I’ve talked about this before but it’s still just as true as it was the last time. A salad has the potential to be anything but boring and everyone seems to forget that. This one is a simple mix of couscous and fresh spinach, plus a ton of other delicious ingredients on top. A friend of mine brought me a little carton of what will probably be this season’s last blueberries (I love autumn but not that part; enter sad face.) so I had to add some of them to my salad. I also made a no hassle dressing with just 3 ingredients and it’s AHHH-mazing!
You can of course add more protein to this salad if you’d like to have it for lunch or dinner and you want it to be a bit more filling but I wanted to keep it simple. Actually I’m finding myself wanting to simplify a lot of things in my life right now because, seriously, sometimes I way over-complicate stuff. That’s why a salad is the perfect thing for my mood today. I hope this recipe is at least something inspiring in your day!
This is such a quick and colorful salad that makes a great addition to any meal. It has a little of everything and it comes together in only about 10 minutes.
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk
- 1/4 cup brown or dijon mustard
- 4 cups fresh spinach leaves
- 2 cups cooked couscous
- 1 cup cooked kidney beans, rinsed
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (arils)
- 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1 large avocado, pit removed and diced
- 1 handful fresh basil leaves
- Stir the ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth.
- Combine the couscous and spinach in a large salad bowl and toss together. Sprinkle the remaining ingredients over the salad and drizzle the dressing on top. If desired the salad can be served with the dressing on the side.