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Grapefruit & Arugula Salad with Avocado & Fennel

Grapefruit & Arugula Salad with Avocado & Fennel

Just a quickie post this week highlighting the beautiful produce left in my fridge/on my counter at the end of my trip that I couldn’t bear to just turn into juice (my usual go-to clean out the fridge move). And, actually, it makes the best salad.

Grapefruit & Arugula Salad with Avocado & Fennel

With the awesome farmers market close by and the citrus trees outside my window that no one else seems to be picking from (#humblebrag), it’s been really easy to eat lots of fresh, colourful produce on this trip. We’ve been cooking really simply, not because I don’t want to be cooking, it’s so fun to do here, but because simpler flavours seem to taste better when it’s 38 degrees and your baby has officially learned to sweat and stick to your body.

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Fresh Chimichurri Sauce with Avocado Wedges

Fresh Chimichurri Sauce with Avocado Wedges

I am in the land of avocados, grapefruit and sunburns. I don’t even remember what rain feels like and we have been eating the freshest, most delicious produce and absolutely nothing that is reminiscent of our long chilly winter. Our little one felt weather-induced sweat for the first time (infant sweaty hair is the cutest) and the palm trees are waving to us like ‘welcome, we didn’t think you were going to make it this year!’ we weren’t sure either but we did, and does it ever feel good!

Fresh Chimichurri Sauce with Avocado Wedges

Whenever we have a kitchen on a vacation, I try to shoot a blog while we’re there because I find more culinary inspiration on vacation than any other time. So, I literally shot this yesterday while my little slept on her Dad and then we enjoyed it with some fresh grapefruit and then again for dinner drizzled on more avocados with some tomatoes, greens and roasted asparagus. Vacation should always taste this good.

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Roasted Chickpea & Eggplant Tabouli

Roasted Chickpea & Eggplant Tabouli

The other day I put my 8 week old in her carrier in the hopes of shooting this salad. I had it all planned out, she got in, she fell asleep, everything was perfect until I then just walked around my apartment, kissing her head, taking pictures to send my husband (I know. she has her own drop box account…). Before I knew it, 45 minutes had passed and by the time I got it together she had woken up again and wanted to party. So we did.

Roasted Chickpea & Eggplant Tabouli

Enter my Mother-in-law. She was visiting and wanted nothing more than uninterrupted playtime with her new granddaughter. This blog post (and our lunch) would not have happened without her.

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Radicchio Salad with Roasted Acorn Squash & Hazelnuts

Radicchio Salad with Roasted Acorn Squash and Hazelnuts

My obsession with radicchio doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Luckily, although she turns the colour of of one when she’s mad, my baby didn’t come out an actual radicchio, despite the amount that I ate while pregnant.

Radicchio Salad with Roasted Acorn Squash and Hazelnuts

Besides its fresh, subtle bitterness, crisp lettuce-y texture and nostalgia it brings for the outdoor markets on the cobblestones of Rome, there’s another reason that we eat a lot of it in our house. It’s the same reason that versions of this salad and this salad happen an awful lot at our place too. Radicchio, despite its fragile-seeming texture, is robust and lasts for quite a while in your fridge.

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