Everything but the Kitchen Sink Salad & Strawberry Lemonade

Austin's weather, as predicted by the iPhone Gods

The weather in Austin is seriously a form of torture (examples above). It's my third summer in Texas and without a doubt it's the worst. I can't remember the last time it rained or I walked outside without breaking a sweat. I can hardly bring myself to eat something that is warm, let alone turn on the oven! Our air conditioning is working over time and our black dog, Beans, is more like a piece of furniture than a dog (laying still all day to escape the heat). Most nights I've been surviving on the ice cream, water, and cold vegetable diet (in that order) and I've finally decided I can't do that anymore, I need  change. Nothing too drastic, aka I'm not giving up ice cream anytime soon. Tonight seemed like the perfect opportunity, as my fiancee returns from a work trip and we are just weeks away from moving to San Diego. So as a treat for both of us, I put every vegetable we had in the fridge into a salad and made a delicious strawberry lemonade.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Salad

I dare say the salad isn't quite worthy enough of a full post on how to chop and assemble in a bowl, but the basics are, iceberg lettuce, green bell peppers, hard boiled eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, red onions, deli turkey, blue cheese, avocado, and alfalfa sprouts. It is beyond delicious. I tend to make my own salad dressing, but this I eat without dressing! If you wanted to dress it, I think a light garlicky dressing would be perfection!

{Strawberry Lemonade}

Ingredients {Makes one pitcher of Strawberry Lemonade}

  • 6-10 lemons juiced, depending on how juicy they are (Aim for 1 1/4 cup lemon juice)

  • 1/2 cup boiling water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 8 cups cold water

  • 10 large strawberries, mashed

Combine sugar and boiling water at the bottom of a large pitcher (or over stove top). Stir until sugar has fully dissolved creating simple syrup. Add lemon juice, cold water, mashed strawberries. Stir and serve over ice. This should keep for about a week, but I doubt it will last that long :)

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