DAY 8: Lemony, Minty, Salad Stuff

Today was meant to be a basement day but guess what I was thwarted by?

A) potential pregnant visitor (primer fumes = no bueno)
B) a bit of a hangover
C) a bit of laziness

DING! DING! Correct! It is indeed “D: ALL OF THE ABOVE”

Yes, logic and good sense would question why I would be hungover on a Wednesday. Well, me and 75ish of my most favorite coworkers ever, helped to close down the MTV Networks SF office in style with a cocktail party at Sens in SF.

And, while the night started respectably enough, it ended in a Chinatown dive bar singing Sweet Child O’ Mine into karaoke mics that didn’t even work (and didn’t need to).


So back to today, I wasn’t really feeling the basement but was feeling the need to beat the heat and my hangover with some healthy food.

So I made up these salads. Both were delicious and super easy. Plus I feel better.

All of the measurements below are estimates because I just threw some stuff in a bowl until it tasted good.

Kale Salad & Quinoa Salad
Kale & Quinoa Salads

Lemony, Minty, Quinoa Salad


  • 1 cup (dry) Quinoa cooked, like rice, with 2 cups of water
  • 12 or so fresh mint leaves chopped
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 jar of Marinated Artichokes, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil (or oil from marinated artichokes)
  • salt to taste

Mix all of the above together in a bowl. Fool around with amounts until you like how it tastes. See? Easy.

Kale, Parmesan, Avocado Salad


  • A bunch of Organic Kale, chopped salad-sized
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large avocado diced
  • 2 tbsp White Balsamic Vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste

Mix all of the above together in a bowl. I like mixing it over and over to really kinda mash the avocado which gives the salad a creamy dressing feel but healthier.

TIP: Dinner #2: both salads mixed together! Yum!

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