a salad recipe for people who hate salads

If you’re like me, salad just doesn’t excite you too much. I have tried to get on the salad bandwagon… I mean there are so many health benefits to a good salad filled with veggies, protein, and leafy greens. But to me, they just usually aren’t too delicious. More often than not, I find that either the dressing is soaking only one spot or I’m only eating the goat cheese (oops) and so on…

So, I decided I needed to come up with a good salad recipe that both satisfies, tastes delicious, and mixes in health and taste. This salad would be great for a barbecue, once the weather warms up, and I think it would also make a great lunch packed up the next day for work.


I personally also love how this salad looks! There are so many delicious ingredients that every bite would be tasty and colorful all at once.


  • 1 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt + pepper
  • 2 pound Yellowfin tuna steaks, about 1 1/2″ thick
  • 1/2 lb green beans
  • 1/2 lb fingerling potatoes
  • 1 jar of artichoke hearts, drained
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 1 cup olives, halved
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  • Grill tuna for 3-4 min on both sides, season w/ salt and pepper.
  • Pack the potatoes in tin foil and place on the grill for 25 min with a bit of oil, until they are cooked through.
  • Spread the green beans on the grill with a little bit of oil and cook until they’re slightly crispy.
  • Toss everything else together in a big bowl, add in the cut up tuna, chopped potatoes, and grilled green beans. Drizzle w/ the vinaigrette you made in the beginning and enjoy!



Bonus Recipe!!  So every single Friday night, at my house, my family and I make homemade pizza and it is my absolute favorite thing to eat. I always find myself eating roughly 5 slices. (They’re tinier than regular pizza slices, ok?!) This pizza recipe would make a great summer meal, gathered around a BBQ with some friends and a cold corona w/ lime. Aaah.

Pizza generally isn’t that healthy, I know. But being healthy is also about balance. I think it’s important to treat myself to indulgences when I really want to and I try to savor every single bite. It’s worth it. And necessary that I don’t beat myself up afterwards but rather feel happy that I just enjoyed something delicious!



  • 1 large ripe pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small package of sliced proscuitto
  • 1 lb fresh mozzarella cheese
  • salt + pepper
  • olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 4 rounds of (whole wheat if you want!) pizza dough


  • Place pineapples in a ziploc bag and add in honey, hot sauce, and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Shake it up!! Then, when they are coated, grill the pineapples for 6-8 min on the grill.
  • Heat up your grill to high and coat with olive oil. Place your pizza on the grill. (You can use a cookie sheet if you’d like to place the pizza on top of that too.) Close the grill and let the pizza cook for about 2 min. Add on all your toppings, including your pineapple. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Close the grill for another 2 min. Garnish with oregano and enjoy!

What are your favorite things to cook when the weather gets warmer?? Comment below 😀



  1. Oh this sounds so good. I actually generally DO love salads, so it sounds doubly good to me. 😉 My husband would love that pizza too; I’ll have to give it a try!


  2. Ahh Carlie these both look SO GOOD! The salad has so many of my favorite things to put on salads (granted, I am no salad hater, but the more exciting the better) I’m gonna have to try this pizza though. Looks insane!!


  3. Oh my gosh I haven’t eaten lunch yet and now I am wishing I had both of these recipes in front of me right now! They both look super gorgeous and delicious! What a fun combination – I have never been a huge seafood person, but my husband loves it… so I should definitely look for some of these tuna steak things haha. Do you get them just at any grocery store? Love both of these recipes and those GRILL marks on the pizza! YUM!


  4. Wow, your photos are gorgeous – and your not-a-salad recipe is so intriguing! Sounds so hearty and complex in flavor – just what I need!


  5. HOLY FREAKIN COW! THAT SALAD AND PIZZA LOOK AMAZING! I love that your finding different salads that you do like! YAY! I am truly in love with the fact that your family gets together on Friday nights and makes pizza. That is something you will cherish forever and can keep the tradition going when you have a family. I LOVE IT! If you can’t tell I’m a huge family person lol. Definitely going to try these!


  6. Both of these recipes souch delicious and relatively cheap! I am always looking for new foods! I am very adventurous when it comes to food, Garrett. not so much! I would love to see a post with an exciting recipe that I can talk a picky eater into trying!


  7. I’m not huge on fish (or ‘pink in the middle’ foods) but everything else looks great! But then again…I love salads! Looks like lots of ‘antipasto’ things which I also love! Glad you found something you like!


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