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Summer Twist Tabbouleh

By Lakshmi:

It’s the fourth of July, a lovely summer afternoon begging for a chilled salad with a kick.  With some leftover quinoa and fresh watermelon at hand, here’s my tabbouleh with a twist!  This makes enough to serve two as an appetizer.


  • One cup cooked quinoa
  • A cup of cubed watermelon
  • A quarter red onion, finely chopped
  • Six mint leaves finely shredded
  • Juice of one lemon
  • One green chilly, finely chopped
  • One to two tbsps of olive oil (depending on your taste)
  • Freshly ground salt
  • A teaspoon of black pepper or Aleppo pepper

Gently mix all the ingredients and serve as soon as mixed!  Enjoy πŸ™‚


An empty mason jar provides inspiration for a meal!

By Lakshmi:

I’ve got to admit, I’m a little behind on the mason jar craze.  But when I saw one on clearance (yes, I love bargains!), I picked it up and started thinking of ways to fill it.

Browsing through ideas, I came upon this whole phenomenon of salad in a jar.  What a brilliant way to always have a healthy, go to, ready meal in the fridge!

I watched a few videos, looked at a few recipes and decided to turn to my trusted refrigerator for ingredients to assemble my first salad in a jar.  Since most of the salads I looked at for inspiration appeared to have a bit of a formula, I created a little sheet to serve as a reference.

Salad in a jar

And as you can see from above, the possibilities to have a colorful, interesting, healthy meal are endless.

Here’s what I created with a very light dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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I have to admit, it was so pretty that I did not have the heart to sink a fork into it.

I’d love to hear about your combinations for jar salads.  Please do write in and let us know of your experiments.  I’ll remember to take more pictures of my creations as well:)