Long Weekend Grilled Salad

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As much as I love Fall, the dog days of summer are still so bittersweet.

And a bit awkward.

Early September you can find me…

  • Wide-eyed in horror after an orange leaf spotting
  • Complaining of the heat and humidity while I rip off a layer of sheets in bed
  • So far resisting the urge to buy new school supplies…15 cent notebooks? Come on.
  • Saying things like, “I don’t know what’s worse weeding or raking leaves”
  • and, “Tropical vacation this winter, or bust.”
  • and also, “How many years have we been out of school now?”
  • Putting on my fleece robe only to rip it off 5 minutes later after a tea-induced hot flash.

 

The period between the two seasons reminds me of…well, my entire adolescence. Awkward.

Thankfully, the last long weekend is a great time to turn on the BBQ, get outside, and enjoy the last flavours that summer has to offer. No f word required.

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Unless your man burns his finger rotating the vegetables. I’m not mentioning any names.

And plus, the leaves on the ground are clearly confused because this flower tells me it’s still summer!!

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Either that, or it could be about 2 hours from death. It may also be dead in this photo, I can’t be sure.

Confused seasons aside, this grilled salad makes a healthy compliment to any long weekend gathering. It’s easy to throw together and you can even get your man to pitch in while you spend “hours” on the salad dressing. Or at least, that’s what you’ll tell him while you sip a margarita with your girlfriends after spending just a few minutes on the dressing.

It will be our little secret.

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Simply grill the vegetables (or you could probably roast them in the oven too).

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Mix together in a large bowl with beans,

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Add in some cooked grains if desired. I used wheatberries.

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Whisk together your salad dressing!

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Easy stuff!

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But don’t worry we won’t tell anyone.

Add the dressing on top and mix well!

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Chug Sip margarita.

Season generously with salt (I used Herbamare) and freshly ground black pepper.

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It’s basically a multivitamin in a bowl. Which is always a good thing if you plan on enjoying your share of treats and drinks this long weekend like I do…muhauha.

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Have a fun, delicious, and safe long weekend everyone! wlEmoticon sun   Long Weekend Grilled Salad

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Jess September 2, 2011

Wow, I need to try this! Grilled corn is one of my favorite summer treats :)

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Sara September 2, 2011

Early September is a strange time of year for me as well. I start dreaming about fresh cranberries coming which I think about ALL year long. It’s also my birthday today but I don’t have many plans for the long weekend, excepts perhaps make that salad, or at the least grill some corn because that sounds great!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Sara!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 2, 2011

I put a sweatshirt on this morning upon waking only to walk downstairs, drink a sip of coffee and rip it off b/c I was too hot. I hear ya.
I love that you’re not giving in quite yet to the pumpking everything, we still have 20 more days of summer! Delicious looking salad. Have a great weekend :)

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet September 2, 2011

Ha I love how you describe these few weeks where weather changes! It is that time when you want to put on your cute fall clothes but really it is too hot for that. Great weekend salad, enjoy your labor day!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite September 2, 2011

I feel the same way about summer… its so bittersweet.

That salad looks perfect :)

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Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com September 2, 2011

Man, this makes me wish we had a grill! Love this colorful salad! Looks so tasty!

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Kate September 2, 2011

ooh I just got some corn in my CSA now I know what to do with it!!

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Cara September 2, 2011

Wow that is so beautiful. I think i might be giving that a try this weekend!

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Sweet and Savvy September 2, 2011

This looks amazing! :) I totally relate with the idea of being horrified by leaf changing! I Do the same thing!

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Chloe (In Fine Feather) September 2, 2011

This dish looks AMAZING – I need to find a BBQ as soon as possible! Hopefully I can mooch off one of my new friends I’ve made in Atlanta :) It’s perfect grilling weather here!

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H-woman September 2, 2011

I think I’ve just found what I’m making for dinner! This looks absolutely delicious! Happy Long Weekend!

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Ritika September 2, 2011

Such beautiful colors! I love these nutritious meals you post!

I have a question for you Angela! A new friend of mine has her birthday next week. I want to bake her a dessert (cupcakes?), but not something that will taste “healthy”. (That taste is fine for me but I think she will need more sweetener) Do you have any recommendations from your recipes?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011

My fav cupcakes of all time are these chocolate ones: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/03/08/vegan-chocolate-cupcakes-with-vanilla-almond-frosting-and-raspberry-glaze/

perfect every time!

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Ritika September 2, 2011

Thanks Angela! I forgot about that recipe!

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Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove September 2, 2011

This is perfect for tonight! Our backyard has so many peppers and zucchinis that we don’t know what to do with them all (well, now I know!).

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Bethany September 2, 2011

You crack me up! I love your humor!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011

I hope Eric reads this.

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 2, 2011

it’s such a pretty salad. I bet it would be super impressive at a picnic!

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K September 2, 2011

This looks delish!! A must try!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies September 2, 2011

Perfect timing for this recipe! We are headed to my parent’s house this weekend and this will be the first time visiting them where I’m not eating meat. This is the perfect dish for me to bring along in my continued effort to show them I am still eating healthy, yummy food.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011

I hope you enjoy it!

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Carolyn @ HealthKitten.com September 2, 2011

I’m weeping to the end of summer! While I love fall, it seems in the upper Midwest, that lovely fall weather doesn’t last and then we’re stuck with eons (it feels that way by February) of winter. I think this year will be the year we finally take our tropical vacation in the middle of winter!

I’m going to make my own take on this salad this weekend: quinoa, roasted corn, red pepper, black beans, cilantro, and kale in a zingy red chili/lime dressing.

And the margaritas! How could I forget? Need to get some tequila tonight…!

Have a fab weekend!

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Alex @ Raw Recovery September 2, 2011

Looks delicious! I always get really sad when seasons end. I’m starting to get really sad that summer is basically over, but I know when fall rolls around and I can decorate for Halloween and sip hot chocolate and tea I’ll feel better.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011

oh yes thank goodness for Halloween, heh. I have a box of decorations from the dollarstore just waiting to bust out!

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Girl in the pink September 2, 2011

Ahhh so depressing to think about how long I’ve been out of school!! I think I’m coming up on my ten year highschool reunion – yikes! Time flies! Anyways… This salad looks deliscious! I think I might try tonight!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011

I think we are too…but we refuse to actually verify this..

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Carolyn @ HealthKitten.com September 2, 2011

I just had my 20 year reunion last weekend! Now I feel old… ;-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011

I try to see it as being wiser than I used to be…heh ;)

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Alisha September 2, 2011

Are you supposed to roast the corn in the husk or out of it?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011

Without the husk, I’ll add that in

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Nicole September 2, 2011

Oh that looks delicious! Still celebrating all that summer offers but in a tiny way, totally implying that fall is coming. We just all don’t want to admit it yet. And hey – we’re off to OBX this weekend so I’m with you on no fall discussions yet!

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Sarah September 2, 2011

This looks fantastic! Can’t wait to give it a try!

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Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans September 2, 2011

That salad looks amazing…as in I need to make it right now amazing!

Have a great long weekend Angela :)

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Allison September 2, 2011

I wish we were in that transition from summer to fall down here in AZ! It’s just plain hot so there is no confusion at the moment. We can’t wait to get out and grill in another month or two. This salad will definitely be at the top of the list! However, the margaritas are a must-have now!

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Beach Bum Beauty September 2, 2011

OK, so I know I’m supposed to be commenting on the delicious looking salad but those bowls are b e a u t i ful!

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lynn @ the actor's diet September 2, 2011

love the colors! have a great weekend

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Ann Marie September 2, 2011

Wow, I’m so glad I came across your blog (saw it mentioned on Karla’s Closet)! This salad looks so delicious and that gingerbread smoothie sounds amazing – I can’t wait to try these and more! Plus your garden is to die for — no wonder why you look so glow-y in your picture :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011

Thanks Ann Marie! Enjoy the recipes :)

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Shelley @ MileHighHealthy September 2, 2011

What a beautiful salad. Your food photography is so vibrant and tantalizing that I may or may not be drooling at my computer right now!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011

thanks Shelley :)

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amy @ inspiredamy September 2, 2011

i loooooove grilled corn ! my favorite way to have it is to grill it with grainy mustard smeared on the kernals, it sounds so simple, but honestly, it takes like butter, so yummy :)

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Beth September 2, 2011

Oh, that looks so good.

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh September 2, 2011

We’ve only got 2 weeks left on our farmers markets so this will be perfect! But gotta say, I’m READY for real Fall, not this triple digit stuff Mother Nature is doling out for my birthday. BOO!!

Have a great holiday weekend!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011

Happy Birthday! Hope it’s as cool as you hope it would be ;)

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 2, 2011

Need to get some corns for grilling before summer is completely out of sight. That looks so delicious, Angela :)

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Laura September 2, 2011

Sad party: pansies (the cheerful little flower in your pic) thrive in cool weather. Fall is really on its way in southern Ontario. I refuse to accept it. *scampers away in short shorts with a glass of lemonade*

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011

that explains it! lol. Oh man…I’ll take a lemonade too!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 2, 2011

This is beautiful Ange! Love all the pops of bright colourful veggies. I have a feeling you’re just like me when it comes to school supplies – it’s SO hard for me to walk into Staples and not buy anything!!!! Have a fantastic long weekend! :)

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles September 2, 2011

Yum, so fun and colorful!! The transitions between the seasons are so rough here in New England. Yesterday it was 55* in the morning and 90* in the afternoon!

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Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart September 2, 2011

So refreshing! Do you eat this warm or cold? I think I would like it chilled! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2011

You can eat it both ways! It’s luke warm when serving immediately but I also like it cold, as indicated by me eating it for breakfast this morning…shhhh lol

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melody polakow: Vegan for 3.33 a day September 2, 2011

This looks perfect.

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes September 2, 2011

What a great name! Love long weekends. They all look super yummy too!

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Jess September 2, 2011

Gorgeous! Have a great long weekend : )

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