Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer Salad and Weekly Meals and Workouts

I made a big bowl of my “Summer Salad,” and it will make an appearance in numerous lunches and dinners this week. I had originally planned on using fresh corn and cooking my own beans, but it didn’t happen. Next time…

Summer Salad 

  • 2 cans black beans
  • 2 cans corn
  • 2 cucumbers, diced
  • 7 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Directions: Mix all ingredients together and let salad marinade for at least 30 minutes before eating it.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10

Weekly Menu: 

Meal 1: Vegetable fried rice and summer salad
Meal 2: Organic hot dogs made with grass-fed, local beef and summer salad
Meal 3: Korean spicy cold noodles with lots of cucumbers and carrots (my own version of naengmyeon)
Meal 4: Teriyaki glazed salmon and a salad

Jenn from Girl Heroes also plans meals, and her husband created a cool meal planning sheet that I wanted to share with you. I printed out my own copy.

Click here to read Jenn’s post and to get your own copy. I love that Jenn always reminds us that we all are girl (as well as boy) heroes! How great to have that message on a meal planning sheet!


Tuesday: Barre workout
Wednesday: Long hike
Thursday: Weight workout
Friday: Yoga and HIIT

Questions: What meals are on your menu this week? What’s your favorite summer workout? I’m looking forward to adding some swimming to my workouts.

Be well,


  1. I am just not prepared going into this week and your salad looks mouthwatering!

    what a perfect meal!

    and I LOVE that meal plan!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great week :)

  2. Andrea, the salad looks perfect for Summer, light and with all the healthy ingredients...love the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Nice menu for the week. Have a great week :-)

  3. Those meal planning sheets are darling! The Korean spicy cold noodles with lots of cucumbers and carrots sounds so good! I hope you share the recipe :)

  4. You are such a girl hero Andrea! Happy to see someone is using the meal plan besides me and thanks for the link. :-) I have yet to make mine for the week. I gotta do that today.

    You have so much variety on both of your plans! Oh and can I say I love how you are having organic hot dogs. I really need to get some of those now that it's almost summer b/c summer isn't summer without hot dogs!

  5. I think once I have kids I will do a better job of planning meals. Right now I sort of just wing it with whatever I have in the freezer/fridge. I think this meal planning sheet looks pretty impressive though! I'd like it to have magnets so I can post it up on the fridge. Right now that's sort of how I plan my meals anyway, with a white board on my fridge. It works!

    Great looking summer salad, by the way. And while fresh is always best, I think canned veggies can be super convenient, and often times just as tasty.

  6. Anonymous6/01/2011

    I am craving salads a lot this week because it's very hot and humid in dc! your salad is so colorful, love it!;)

  7. i made a salad almost identical to this one and ate it every day last week!
    i'm currently eating a broccoli, cauliflower, cuke, olive, and carrot salad that is delish. :)

  8. This salad is just the perfect thing for summer! I have to make this.
    I don't have too many meals planned yet. My friend is coming town so we will probably figure out food when she's here.

  9. Love the meal plan and how you outline your week. This week I got a little off planning with the shorter week and we're headed away friday. I love playing tennis in the summertime. Salad looks great too!

  10. That looks delicious. I have everything except the red onion. Maybe I'll make it for the company that's coming this weekend.

  11. Nice job meal planning! I haven't been very good at it lately for some reason. I tend to go in spurts of being really good at it, then really bad. I need to get back with it!

  12. Your salad looks delicious! I confess, this week has been pretty unplanned as far as meals ago, since I just got back from vacation. Last night I scrounged together some Opah (fish), Trader Joes Minty Peas (really tasty), hashbrowns, and watermelon. It was pretty eclectic but good. I'm hoping to start riding my bike this summer, and hopefully play some tennis.

  13. We are doing a mexican, an Italian and pizza for the rest of this week. Grocery shopping is Saturday, so I need to make a plan for next week.

  14. Anonymous6/02/2011

    A wonderful summer salad, love the addition of edamame and black beans here!

  15. This looks like a perfect salad for late summer when the CSAs are delivering pretty much everything in it except the black beans and dressing ingredients. I can't wait to try it! And good inspiration on the exercise--I think I'm going to add a second ballet class, now that I know the one isn't killing me ;-)

  16. I love this salad! It is light and fresh... and has everything I want in a summer salad! My summer work outs are always at the gym...it's too hot in Phoenix for working out outside! I take the puppy for a walk each morning, and bring a bottle of water for each of us :)

  17. I love salads like this - they look a bit more substantial and packed full of flavor. Looks about perfect for this time of year.