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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Case for Outdoor Lunches

Since I knew I'd be eating lunch alone this afternoon I made myself a favorite Spring Salad, grabbed one of the books I'm currently reading, and set a place on the patio. Such lovely weather right now........don't want to waste a minute of it.
 

It's so quick and easy to put together a salad like this. I like to use the Baby Leaf Spring Mix from our local Fresh and Easy market......a nice mixture of organic green and red romaine lettuce, green and red oak leaf lettuce, arugula, spinach, and chard. My sister Jane likes to put little raspberries in her salad, but today, since I didn't have any fresh or even frozen ones, I decided to add a few mandarin oranges. Then I topped it off with avocado slices and glazed walnuts.


Finally I drizzled it with Lite Raspberry Pomegranate Dressing......doesn't just reading that name make you feel good?.......and it was every bit as delicious as it sounds.


The place mat and napkin are Laura Ashley, and the salad bowl and plate are some of my favorite inherited blue pieces.

 

As I spent time in California a couple of weeks ago, I had several lovely lunches on Jane's patio.....and today I found myself wishing she was here enjoying this with me on my patio. Still, even lunch alone on a beautiful spring day like today is definitely worth the effort!
Hope you're enjoying your Springtime,

31 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a lovely lunch for one. Love the salad and the tablesetting is fabulous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Sandra said...

So glad to see a new post from you! Bet it was delicious! :)

Ginny said...

Sometimes I actually enjoy eating lunch alone. You made it look so pretty. Now you have me thinking of ways to make some outdoor lunches. Good job. :)

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

Looks lovely! I'm a salad gal and have one for lunch almost every day.

Shawna said...

Makes me want a salad. Seriously!

Ava Taylor said...

I've never tried glazed walnuts in a salad before but it sure sounds good. And of course you can't beat an avocado on anything. Beautiful salad. Just loved the way you put it all together.

Kristyn said...

That salad looks so yummy! Great blog and thank you for the follow on mine! I am now following you back :)

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Lisa said...

You're so lucky to have good weather where you live.....it's not very good right now where I am. I'd love to be able to eat such a lovely lunch on my patio right now! Hopefully somedy soon! You've inspired me....now I just need the opportunity. :)

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♥~Judy~♥ said...

Such a yummy and classy looking meal. It truly looks inviting!

Dining Delight said...

Good for you, creating a yummy meal and nice place setting for just yourself! Its wonderful to treat ourselves sometimes!

DD

Ebie said...

That salad looks so refreshing, especially with the mandarin oranges.

How lovely to be outdoors enjoying the warmth of the sun.

Carrizo Plain is in Bakersfield, north of LA. Last year's wildflowers were over the top.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your salad looks great and it's always nice to treat ourselves well with a pretty setting-enjoy:@)

productjunkiemama said...

Wow! This really tempting! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I appreciate your comments! Salad is the best lunch idea! Returning your follow!

funfunfun said...

That salad looks so delicious! I love raspberries in mine also:)

Thanks for following...I'm returning the favor.

CarliAlice @ GG2Life said...

It's so nice that you treat yourself like that. If I'm alone I just scarf down something. Not really very good.Heck, right now I'm eating in the living room while I blog. Thanks for coming by GG2Life. I'm following you back.

Terri. said...

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Laura said...

I need to do this more often...take the time for a special lunch I mean. Love your table setting and your salad recipe. We're having lovely Spring weather now and I think I'll have a lovely little lunch on our patio this weekend. Believe it or not my husband and teenage kids love salad meals...so I truly have no excuse. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

His Way or Her Way said...

The salad looked wonderful. So pretty and fresh. I'm you newest follower and hope you'll visit our blog soon!

Lori

Giggle, Laugh, Cry said...

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Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Yum! The perfect spring time meal.
Another friday's favorite for sure :-)

shopannies said...

Spring is the perfect time of year for outdoor lunches as a child we did more of these than we do now come visit me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

Teresa said...

Hello there, Your salad was beautiful and you must have some Martha Stewart genes in you to go to the trouble to make everything look so perfect! Yum!

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Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Love having lunch outside! Love your table setting!:)

Katerina said...

I love the table setting and looks like a great outdoor meal.Thanks for following me I follow you back

maiylah said...

now that's what i want for lunch right now! ;)

thanks for joining Food Friday. Hope to see you again next week! :)

thanks also for following; followed you back <3

Easy-2-Save said...

Great looking lunch! I am following you back :)

Ashley said...

Oooh yum, looks so fresh and delicious! Thanks for following my blog and entering my giveaway, I really appreciate it! I'm now following you too! :)

life...just saying said...

Everything looks simply lovely. Thanks for the follow from Sunday's hop. Following back!

His Way or Her Way said...

Stopped by for a visit and to wish you a nice weekend.

Lori