Southwestern shrimp salad with cilantro-lime dressing

Do you know what absolutely kills my attention span on a Friday? Knowing I only have a few hours standing between me and a 3-day weekend! At noon today we get to break for Memorial Day weekend and I can’t wait. I don’t have any big plans since Riley will be working all weekend, but I’m just excited to hang out around town, go to the farmer’s market, do some shopping, and spend as much time on the patio as possible. Bring on the weekend naps!

Since my ADD has already kicked in, I’ll keep this post short and sweet by sharing the salad I made on Wednesday!

Southwestern shrimp salad 2

I was inspired to make this by a lunch menu item I saw at Bonefish Grill and figured I could recreate it at home, with several changes. The ingredient list is ridiculously simple and an easy dressing comes together in about 60 seconds.

Southwestern shrimp salad ingredients

I don’t like to dilly-dally and my attention span can’t handle it today, so let’s get right to it!

Southwestern Shrimp Salad With Cilantro Lime Dressing

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag spring salad mix
  • 1/2 pound cooked, large shrimp
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 can yellow corn
  • 1/2 medium red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup fat-free feta cheese
  • crispy tortilla strips (optional)

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • juice from 3 limes
  • 3 small garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Chop all ingredients and place into a large serving bowl. Place dressing ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. I used a mini processor since that’s all I have, but it was perfect.

Cilantro lime dressing

Pour dressing over salad and toss until evenly coated. Enjoy!

Southwestern shrimp salad

I know I said the tortilla strips are optional, but they’re not, really. You should use them. Second, you definitely need to use the fresh dressing for this. I almost never make my own dressing unless it’s just a drizzle of oil and some vinegar, but this was way too easy and so good. The fresh lime juice helps preserve the avocado too, so this salad tastes just as good the next day.

I’m almost tempted to make another batch of this over the weekend since I still have several of the ingredients. One thing I do know I want is a giant hamburger. Riley just got some new replacement parts for the grill and I think Memorial Day Weekend is a perfect time to put them (and Chef Riley) to use!

I’m off to the office to twiddle my thumbs until noon, but hope you all have a great weekend!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Leftover turkey power salad

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m weirdly excited to get back to work today after 5 days off. I think I have a problem. I spent the rest of my super long weekend sleeping in, going to the gym, taking Bella on walks, drinking wine, doing some household chores (we got the hot tub running again!), and watching Netflix. It was pretty fabulous!

To get back on track food-wise after a weekend of indulgence, I wanted to share a recipe with you to use of some of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Turkey Power salad 3

I loved this salad because it filled me up and had a great combination of flavors. It was also a great way to use the extra turkey I had on hand! I’m estimating most of the ingredients, but you could eyeball most of it to your taste.

Turkey Power Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 ounces turkey breast meat
  • Mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1/3 chopped red onion and mushrooms
  • 1 ounce crumbled goat cheese

Cook the quinoa in boiling water for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, saute onion and mushrooms in a little bit of olive oil over medium heat until soft. Remove onion and mushrooms from the pan and throw the turkey in to heat for 2-3 minutes. Assemble the salad and top with dressing of your choice. I used a Greek style feta dressing from Trader Joe’s.

Turkey power salad 1

Seriously, so good! If you’re not a fan of goat cheese I’d recommend using feta cheese instead. I called this a power salad because it’s packed with nutrition and makes for a really well-rounded meal.

Turkey power salad 2

I made a lot of extra quinoa so I’m hoping to make this salad again this week. This kind of salad is a great way to get back on track and get some nutrition after lots of celebrating. Considering how much food there was, I actually ate surprisingly healthy most of the weekend, unless you count all the wine. Which, of course, I don’t.

I’m off to the office for the day and have a lot of work to catch up on. Hope you all have a great day!

How was your weekend?

What’s your favorite way to use leftover turkey?

Exercise Is The Best Medicine

You guys, I was a grump yesterday! Thanks for all your nice comments and confessions, they definitely made me feel better throughout the day. When I finally got home from work, Riley had vacuumed the house for me. He knows that vacuum marks on a carpet can do wonders for my mood! I still felt like I needed something extra to turn my day around, though.

I realized one of the reasons I was grumpy was probably because I’d skipped my morning workout. Would my morning have been better if I’d worked out? Probably. With that in mind, I laced up my sneakers and headed out into the rain and ran 2.5 miles.

Rainy leaves

I didn’t even mind that it was so gross outside and rainy or that my run wasn’t very long. I just knew I needed it! Just goes to show you, there’s not a lot that a quick workout can’t help.

After returning home, my whole day was turned around! I did some foam rolling, had a great shower, and ate dinner with Riley while catching up on Modern Family. For dinner, Riley made a huge salad with all the leftover veggies in the fridge.

Big Salad

big salad1

He also boiled some pasta to go with some leftover turkey meat sauce.

salad and pasta dinner

After some relaxation, I headed to bed to read my book for a while before falling asleep super early. Definitely ended the day on a good note!

Workout & Breakfast

Today I was awake before my 4:30 alarm even went off. In fact, I woke up at 3 AM, wide awake! Don’t you just hate when that happens? Since trying to fall back asleep seemed like the worse option, I got up and headed to the gym right at opening time.

I wasn’t feeling an intense workout today, so I just did 25 minutes on the adaptive motion trainer and some ab work before stretching for a while.

Since I’d been awake for a while, I was starving when I got home from the gym! Breakfast today was a yogurt bowl topped with quinoa granola, honeycrisp apple, and honey, just like the other day. It was too good not to make again! Since I was so hungry, I also heated up a slice of pumpkin bread and topped it with pumpkin butter from Trader Joe’s.

yogurt bowl1

pumpkin bread breakfast

Now I’m ready to take on another long day at work. I’m not totally celebrating Friday since I have to work tomorrow, but I am looking forward to date night with Riley tonight. We also have another wedding tomorrow night, so it’ll be a busy weekend for me!

Hope you have a great day and an even better weekend!

What are you weekend plans?

What’s your go-to workout when you’re stressed? Some people prefer something soothing, like yoga, when they’re stressed out. A good run is better for me. I like to put on my angriest music and start doing sprints. Gets all that stress out in no time!

Working in Charlotte

Yesterday was a successful day of work in Charlotte. My first visit was at 8:00 and afterwards I had some time to kill until my next one. It was hot outside, but I’m been DYING to have something pumpkin! I think it’s hilarious how the second Labor Day comes and goes everyone just becomes completely crazed over pumpkin stuff.

I can’t judge, cause I’m one of those people. I changed my house wax scent to pumpkin spice on Sunday. And I’m not sorry. *Side note: Glade now makes wax melts! I thought this was exciting.

Anyway, I stopped at a Caribou Coffee and got myself an iced pumpkin chai latte. So good! In warmer weather, this is a great alternative to a pumpkin spice latte.

Pumpkin Chai Latte

After a couple more visits, I hit up a local place called BrickTops for lunch after getting some recommendations. I started off with their wedge salad.

Wedge Salad

Mmmm, bacon-y deliciousness. After the wedge salad, I had their Goat Cheese Vegetarian flatbread. It had artichokes, red peppers, spinach, mushrooms, and onion. It was soooo good! I had one of the leftover slices later and I still have some in the fridge at my hotel.

Goat Cheese Flatbread

After lunch, I had another appointment and then I was done! I hit up the mall for a while and checked out some stores before heading back to my hotel to catch up on work and emails.

I started feeling kind of “off” in the afternoon. Not sure if it was dehydration from traveling or what, but I stopped to grab some green juice for some extra nutrition.

Have you ever had those? I’ve only had the Green Machine flavor, but the others look good too. They’re kind of pricey, so I don’t buy them often, but it’s not exactly as if I can just juice some kale in my hotel room.

I had a pretty sleepless night last night. I don’t really sleep well without Riley next to me and this is even worse in a hotel. I woke up pretty much every hour. Booooo. As a result, I’m saving my workout for later this afternoon when I have more time and can maybe get a nap in first.

Breakfast today was eaten in my room while I got ready- some green juice and a granola bar. That’s not a lot for me, so I’m sure I’ll be hungry in two hours, but maybe I’ll get lucky and one of the high schools will give me more snacks (perks of being a college rep).

Hope you all have a great day and I’ll catch up with you later!

Do you sleep well in hotels/without your spouse?

What’s your favorite pumpkin food/drink?