Zingy Spring Salad: Easy, Quick and One of Summer’s Faves!


You ever have those moments when you are starving, want something quick and you really want it to be healthy? That is me. all.the.time. I know you know what I’m talking about.

Enter this refreshing, zingy salad. I honestly eat this more times than I like to admit. I usually always have the ingredients on hand, it takes like 5 minutes to make, it keeps me full and its even boyfriend approved. So with out further ado…


Zingy Spring Salad

(Ingredients from Trader Joe’s)

 A handful of arugula

1/2 of a cucumber

1/2 of a tomato

1/2 of a bell pepper

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed well 

2 tbs white wine vinegar

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste

Chop all the veggies up and prep the beans.

Place all the chopped veggies in a big bowl. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder. Then drizzle with white wine vinegar and olive oil. Mix together.

Divide arugula into bowls (this is great as an entree salad or as a side to serve along any main dish). Take your chopped veggie mixture and place on top of arugula and serve.

Thats it. Super easy and really delicious. The other really great thing about this salad besides the fact that it makes a great #meatlessmonday dish is the beans. I’ve had it with garbanzo beans and kidney beans which are both excellent substitutions. IF you’re feeling real fancy add some avocado. Yummo!



I am an actress, writer, comedian (I use that term very loosely) who is used to spending my nights after a show at the local pub or dive bar. My love for anything nacho and pizza related was apparent to everyone, including my waistline. As an actress your image is important, it is after all part of the job. realizing that my love affair with all the foods needed to come to an end I decided to try and cook my favorites but in a healthier more waistline friendly way. That is when I discovered my new passion, cooking. I have been creating concoctions in my kitchen for over a year now and I have lost 45lbs. I am a happier, healthier version of myself. I still go out after my shows but now with all of my new food knowledge I know how to order. I still catch a glimpse here and there of my forbidden nacho, pizza love, I smile and think fondly of the time we spent together. I can’t wait to share with you my healthy takes on the not so healthy!