Saturday, May 5, 2018

Weekend Yard Warriors

While I went to the acupuncturist (seriously helps with stress and allergies) my husband dove into lawn clean up.  There's still a little mulch to put out but all the winter debris was cleaned out.
Time to fire up the grill.
Chicken marinated in a little EVOO and lemon juice for dinner and cut up for week lunch salads.
Around here it's known as Appetizer Crack

(easily cuts in half measurement wise)

2 cups roasted corn, chilled before blending with other ingredients. (honestly, you can  use the Trader Joe's frozen roasted corn and no one will be able to tell the difference)
2 cans black beans - rinsed and drained
2 red peppers
2 green peppers
2 Roma tomatoes - chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and finely diced.
1 cup chopped cilantro. (I'll be honest, I don't like cilantro but I loved it in this dish).
1 medium to med/large red onion - chopped (but not one of those Jabba the Hut sized onions).


juice of 4 limes (if you must use bottled lime juice, try and find the Key West brand, use 8 tablespoons).
2 Tablespoons APPLE CIDER vinegar
1 clove garlic (if you used the minced fresh in the jar, the amount to equal a clove is on the jar, about 2 tsp).
1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika (there's sweet and smoky types, get the sweet)
few grinds of fresh pepper,
1/4 (roughly) teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder (I used Penzey's, their stores are in many Midwest cities and you can buy online, very reasonably priced). Some stores carry other brands. If you absolutely can't find it, use regular chili powder.
2 Tablespoons honey
1/2 cup  extra-virgin olive oil

Directions: Wash all the produce well. Chop and combine all the fresh veggies, the corn, and the beans. Chill while mixing dressing. Mix all dressing ingredients except the olive oil. In a thin stream, while using a whisk like you mean it, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whipping it until it is emulsified (if you want to be boring you can use a blender).

Pour over veggies and stir well, chill at least two hours, re-stir and serve.
Chicken!!!! (yes Abby, I made it with dog-friendly ingredients so you can have some).


  1. Mom is busy working on yard stuff too, AND she is hoping we won't decide to add a few finishing touches{)

    Salad sounds delicious. Mom doesn't like cilantro much either, but she can handle a wee bit:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  2. YUMMERS!!!! Oh, that sounds delish! I loves the Penzey's too! Ma just found them when they had a sample special, and FABulous seasonings. Oh, and Ma will eats any cilantro you don't wants...she LOVES it! so do I..yes a dog that likes cilantro! BOL
    Okays, so I'll be overs with the margarita truck for some of your chicken! Fair trade! ☺
    Ruby ♥

  3. Looks delicious! We started some yard work yesterday too. We're limited to what we could do without being able to have a shower and having to go out for dinner, but it is so nice it is spring.

  4. That salad looks amazing! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  5. Looks very good!
    Hazel & Mabel

  6. That looks healthy for all! Happy Spring­čî║

  7. that is the best part of backyard work... the bbq... the staff was so dirty&pooped out yesterday that they skipped the best part... outrageous...

  8. OMD Abby, My ma must make this yummy salad.
    Thank You.
    xo Astro

  9. Lexi loved going to her vet for acupuncture. It really does wonders.


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