The Season for Salads

by Lauren on August 23, 2012

Hello my friends!

Today got away from me….again.  I really wanted to avoid one big long post but I am just now getting to my blog.  I promise to get this routine thing figured out shortly.  Bear with me for a few more days. :)

Speaking of new routines, this week began my new schedule at the gym.  I picked up another RPM class so my Thursday 5:30am class got moved to Friday and I now teach Thursday’s at 9:00am.  I wasn’t sure how I would feel about not working out first thing in the morning (I’m a morning exerciser all the way) but it was actually kind of nice to wake up a little later, read some emails, drink a cup of coffee and eat breakfast before heading to the gym.


Love this combo!

I had a whole new group of spinners this morning so it was nice to see some new faces in class.

Once home, showered and dolled up for the day, I had to run a few errands and then I met my brother-in-law for lunch. We met at Panera since it was close and we both were on a time limit.


I had the Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad (no bacon or cheese) and saved the apple for later.  FYI: Every time I go to Panera, I have to ask for the apple or else I automatically get the baguette. Anyone else have that problem?

Not to totally knock on my Panera though because I’m pretty sure the few times I’ve been there, they have walked around with freshly baked cookies for free for their customers. No lie.

Today was no exception.

Now that is a way to get people coming back!

I know you are all so tired of seeing so many salads on here but I truly can not help myself.  I crave them all. the. time.

For example, I thought about doing something new for dinner tonight.  I really did.

But then this happened…..


There really isn’t anything to it.

Strawberry Feta Pecan Salad with Pan Seared Tilapia
Recipe Type: Entree
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 1
  • 1 tilapia fillet
  • EVOO
  • salt and pepper
  • Pan searing flour
  • Romaine
  • Cucumber
  • Strawberries
  • Roasted Asparagus
  • Roasted Pecans
  • Feta Cheese
  1. Roast asparagus and pecans in a 450 degree oven for 10 minutes. While cooking, prepare fish by seasoning with salt, pepper and flour. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a small skillet and pan sear for 3-4 per side.
  2. Assemble your salad and top with fish and your favorite dressing. (I used raspberry balsamic which was perfect!)

Salad season will send soon.  Pretty soon you’ll be inundated with soups and pumpkin. It’s coming, don’t worry!

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That’s all I have for today.  Wishing you all a wonderful and relaxing evening!

Question: What are you looking forward most (food wise) about fall? 

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