Songs & Salads

It's amazing how much music can dictate your mood. I have always been the type of person to make playlists for certain events and periods of my life. The songs need to fit just perfectly so that when you listen to them years later, they take you back to that moment in time. 

The songs I've been listening to lately remind me of that smell of dewey grass, cicadas buzzing, warm breezes and the slight taste of citrus on my tongue. I wanted to share this with you guys, so I've put together a mini-playlist to give you a taste of my summer. Listen to these songs while you lay in the grass, ride your bike, drive around with the windows down, or whenever you feel in the mood to let in some sunshine.

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This salad, in my opinion, is also quintessentially summer. It's light, crunchy, fresh and so incredibly simple to put together: the perfect summer lunch!

Simple Summer Porch Salad

makes about 3-4 servings

1 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp agave

1/2 cup red quinoa
1 cup water
1 cup shelled edamame
1/2 cup baby carrots, thinly sliced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/4 cup crushed raw cashews
1/2 lime

1. Combine the quinoa and water in a medium pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Cover, bring the heat down to a simmer and let cook for about 15 minutes or until all the water is soaked up.
2. To make the dressing, combine the ingredients in a small sauce pan over low heat for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. Assemble the salad by tossing together quinoa, veggies, cashews and the dressing. Finish with a squeeze of lime juice and serve warm or chilled.

Does anyone else like to make playlists for certain seasons? I'm always looking for new music recommendations, so I'd love to know what you are listening to this summer!


  1. Ooh, this looks delicious and fresh! Perfect for summer! :)

  2. What a gorgeous summer salad--love love love the edamame in it. And thank you so much for the playlist! Can't wait to listen to it!

    1. Thanks, and you're welcome! I hope you enjoy it!

  3. I was a child of the 70's so to me, the summer means sitting on a blanket in the backyard with the radio (extension cord to the kitchen) slathered in baby oil (we didn't know, darn it!). My husband and I listen to a huge compilation of hit from the (pre-disco, even) 1970's that make me feel like I'm 10. And also like I'm old. :-)
    I will definitely be trying your salad. Simple and protein packed!

    1. Summer is the perfect time for basking in nostalgia- sounds wonderful! I hope you enjoy the salad!

  4. Just made this but with regular quinoa as I didn't have red and it was really tasty. Thanks for the recipe I will definitely make this again!

    1. You're welcome! So glad to hear it!

  5. wow, this salad looks so delicious, i will definitely try this out!
    And i LOVE how you described your "relationship" to music because I did and still do exactly the same... creating playlists for different moods or situations... and when I listen to some of these songs a few years later it's like travelling back to the past :-) so amazing!

    best wishes from germany,

    1. Thank you, Maria! Music is really amazing that way :)