Summer Salad App

by Jenn on August 12, 2010

in Gluten Free,No Cook,Salads,Snacks,Vegetarian

Summer App

I haven’t lived in the same place for more than 2 years ever since I went off to college.  I’m starting to think that I’m secretly addicted to moving.  After all, it’s a great way to purge extra stuff that you’ve accumulated over time, like a forced motivator to do all that Spring cleaning that was supposed to happen oh, 4 months ago.  I always had a really good reason (not an excuse, a reason! reasons are forgivable and rationalizable) to put it off another week…

We, as fortune would have it, are moving to a new apt.  How could we turn it down?  The opportunity presented itself, we applied, and we actually got it! New place is bigger, newer, nicer, cheaper, and closer to everything we do.  It has four burners on the stove, counterspace, a real oven and get this – a dishwasher!  I am beyond excited.  Sometimes my husband and I think about all the food we have made in our current apartment, and we are both amazed how we pulled it off with so little space.  Well, I know how we did it.  It’s called our food processor and toaster oven.  Lifesavers, they are.  Moving now means crazy things like, we can now cook and store enough food to take lunches to work.  I can now go buy muffin tins and bake things.  Gluten free brioche? That’s something I’ve been longing to try.  Or doughnuts?  mmmmm.  My list of things to make just got a long longer really quickly!

But we’re not quite moved yet, even though all our pots and pans are packed up.  Food processor is packed, and so is the toaster oven.  Cooking this week is a pretty minimal word.  And in the case of this post, non-existent.  Lately, we’ve done lots of salads because prep work and lack of cooking work makes them really easy.  This is one that we just kinda threw together in our heads the other day coming home from work.  Beyond simple, quick, satisfying, and no cooking required.  Took a max of 10 minutes to make (when you count chopping all the veggies), 5 minutes to photograph (don’t you just love the tablecloth? ha), and then a few more minutes to devour!

I call this an app, because that’s how most people would eat it I think. We had it for dinner.  To each their own, these rules about food aren’t so fastly set in stone.  In fact, I encourage breaking some food rules every now and then.  It’s good for that adventurous spirit, even if it’s something small like eating an appetizer for dinner :)

Summer App

Submitted to – Friday Foodie Fix, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Gluten Free Wednesdays


4 stem tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 cucumbers, chopped
2 small onions, peeled and chopped
1 bunch basil, chiffonaded
1 clove garlic, minced
4 oz. goat cheese, sliced
2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs. cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
corn tortilla chips (or your favorite tortilla chips) if desired

1. In a large bowl, mix together chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, basil, and garlic.  Add in goat cheese and mix gently so the goat cheese doesn’t get smooshed over everything.
2. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil and vinegar, and then lightly toss with the salad.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. Eat straight out of the bowl with a spoon or serve on tortilla chips.  Enjoy!



Rosa August 12, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Great! Moving into a better apartment is always a big pleasure.

That looks so delicious!



Jenn August 13, 2010 at 6:27 am


Dominique August 13, 2010 at 12:32 am

Wow, sounds fantastic. And just perfect for a hot summer day. Thanks for sharing.

Jenn August 13, 2010 at 6:27 am

Thank you – Hope you enjoy!

Lisa August 13, 2010 at 1:08 am

Beautiful and I bet it tastes very gourmet. I moved a lot too during my college years. I think I moved every year! And why not a app for dinner. Sounds perfect to me (=

Jenn August 13, 2010 at 6:29 am

Oh during college I moved at least once a year (often every summer too!)…but it’s been some time since I was a college student…

Baking Serendipity August 13, 2010 at 5:47 am

I’ve moved a lot since college too. Upgrading to the extra space is always worth the hassle of moving, but sometimes the hassle definitely gets old. Hope you’re getting settled in and enjoying your new place!

Jenn August 13, 2010 at 6:30 am

Thanks! I think we definitely will!

Lisa August 13, 2010 at 6:31 am

Gorgeous photo Jenn! I LOVE goat cheese and apps for dinner ROCK!!!

Jenn August 13, 2010 at 6:41 am


penny aka jeroxie August 13, 2010 at 4:28 pm

We had a tiny kitchen before as well..and am still amazed how much we cooked in it as well. Great news on the move!

Jenn August 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Thanks I can’t wait!

Kim - Cook It Allergy Free August 13, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Can I come to Switzerland for a photography session with you. You are unbelievable. I think you are going to go very far with your work. Just beautiful. And congratulations! I just saw your image on Foodgawker! Well Done!

Jenn August 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Oh thank you so much! And yes come to Switzerland, it’s a fantastic place to visit! The food, the scenery, there is so much here to see!

Heather @CeliacFamily August 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Congratulations on the new place! I can’t wait to read about all the recipes you’ll create in your new kitchen. :)

Jenn August 18, 2010 at 9:00 am

Thanks, I can’t wait to cook!

Ivy @ My Simple Food August 16, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Nice and refreshing. Yums!

Jenn August 18, 2010 at 9:00 am

Thanks !!

carrie @ August 17, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Beautiful Jenn!! Congrats on the new apartment! I am so jealous over the dishwasher! lol… I haven’t had one since high school… i really miss them! lol

Jenn August 18, 2010 at 9:02 am

Thanks! I had a dishwasher back in the States, but you still had to wash your dishes with soap & water first before putting them in, which to me kinda defeated the point. This one is nice and new though!!

Linda August 22, 2010 at 4:18 am

That’s very exciting that you are going to have a bigger kitchen! Your appetizer looks delicious and having apps for dinner can be a lot of fun. I hope the move goes well.

Jenn August 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Thanks! The move went great! Much more stress-free than I expected…always a good thing :)

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