Recipes · Running

Light summer salad and why NOT to let a dog lick your face


Ran 3 miles, 9:05 pace. I could tell my legs were still tired from Sunday’s long run so I took it easy.


Tonight I had a weird dinner due to weird cravings. I made Ina Garten’s Middle Eastern Vegetable Salad and my own Protein Waffles recipe.

I’ll post the waffle recipe at a later time- I’m still perfecting the recipe.

This is what they looked like though!
This is what they looked like though!

Middle Eastern Vegetable Salad Recipe

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Ingredients (I didn’t measure the ingredients because I was too lazy)

  • 10 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced (didn’t have any, used finely chopped yellow onion)
  • 1 pound ripe tomatoes, seeded, cored, and 1/2-inch-diced
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded, and 1/2-inch-diced (used Persian cucumbers)
  • 1 can or jar (12 to 16 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup julienned fresh basil leaves (ran out of fresh basil so had to use some dried)
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil (used a lot less than this, but didn’t measure…)
  • 8 ounces good feta cheese, 1/2-inch-diced (used fat-free feta)
  • Toasted pita bread, for serving (I will use pita bread in the future but I just wanted the salad tonight)


Place the scallions, tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas, parsley, mint, and basil in a large salad bowl and toss to combine.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper (I used 1 tsp each of salt and pepper). Slowly whisk in the olive oil to make an emulsion. Pour the dressing over the salad, tossing gently to coat all the vegetables. Add the feta and toss gently. Serve the salad with the toasted pita bread.

Light and yummy
Light and yummy summer salad!

I think the next time I make this I will add some other stuff. Off the top of my head- orzo or cous cous, oh and more tomatoes (I didn’t add the amount she instructed because I ran out).



I don’t like the idea of feeding pets table scraps (unless something is approved by my vet). The 3 things I will occasionally feed my dog are: broccoli, carrots, and Greek yogurt. She loves all of them. But let’s face it, she’s a lab and would eat garbage and poo if it were in front of her. ohh wait, she’s done that…Rule #1 why NOT to let a dog lick your face.

Sometimes when I get my breakfast ready for the next morning, and when I use Greek yogurt, I let Sienna lick the spoon after I’m finished. I think I do this too often because now when she hears me smack the spoon on the side of the container, she comes running.

I let her lick a little from the empty container this time...
I let her lick a little from the empty container this time…

I will cut back on this bad habit.

5 thoughts on “Light summer salad and why NOT to let a dog lick your face

  1. My cat has been given the bad habit of wanting water from a running faucet (true story…). So now, she has learned to run after us every time we go to the bathroom. Honest. It’s really fun when you’re in that groggy just woke up stage. She’s absolutely tripped us up a few mornings. She’s a joy 🙂

    1. Haha too cute! Have you tried those water bowls for pets that have a continuous stream of water running (kind of like a fountain)? My cats definitely trip me up in the morning too! They’re by my door as soon as they hear my alarm go off.

Talk to me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s