This salad was totally made for Mondays.
I have a solid explanation why— don’t worry, we’ll get there soon. But in doing so, we have to get a little background.
Nate and I are very similar in that we’re both a little bit introverted and a little bit extroverted. Some weekends, we’re happy as clams just staying in ALL weekend just the two of us, cooking delicious food, binge watching a new tv show, playing with our puppy, and getting some good ol’ quality down time in. It’s super restorative after a crazy week of work and I feel like we can catch up on some “me” and “us” time that we get so rarely during the week.
Other weekends are the total opposite. We’re itching to get out— meeting our friends for drinks, trying a new restaurant in town, hiking our favorite trails, getting in some killer exercise classes— sometimes that jam packed social agenda is just what we’re craving.
And that was this weekend.
I LOVE those super social, jam-packed weekends. I feel like I totally took advantage of my weekend to the fullest and I get this amazing high after great nights with some of my favorite people. Again, totally an extrovert thing, but I’m not like this all the time. Very odd, I know.
This weekend, we did a little bit of everything. Tried out a restaurant we’ve been dying to try, went to Oktoberfest downtown with our friends, finished up some WEDDING details (less than two weeks, people!!), took Augie for long walks, did a Wine & Yoga class with my girlfriends— I honestly feel like we were barely home, but I was absolutely ok with that. It was just the kind of weekend I needed after a long week at work— restorative in a whole different kind of way.
But unfortunately, these jam-packed social weekends tend to be a little indulgent. I eat out more in general, eat a few more sweets than normal, have a few more drinks— and by Sunday night I’m ready for some good ol’ greens in my life.
So here’s where this salad finally comes into play. Have you ever had a nicoise salad before?? I absolutely adore them! Packed with so many textures, flavors, and nutritious ingredients, all topped with a luscious, tangy dressing— doesn’t that sound just perfect for a Monday detox?
You guys know that I eat fish on occasion still, but I decided to substitute the typical tuna in this nicoise salad with some tender green lentils. I also roasted some gold potatoes instead of using boiled ones, just to add a little more texture to the dish, and topped it off with my favorite Dijon Shallot Vinaigrette— with extra lemon juice for tang, of course.
This salad is so hearty and nutritious, therefore totally perfect for a Monday like today, but is also wonderful for entertaining. My mother-in-law made a salmon nicoise salad for one of our family picnics this summer and it was not only a beautiful dish, but was also such a crowd pleaser! Totally recommend.
So if you’ve had a wonderfully busy weekend like we have, or if you’re just craving a big juicy salad in your life, throw together this simple, delicious Veggie Nicosia Salad tonight. I promise you won’t be disappointed 🙂
Have a wonderful Monday everyone!