Parsley Salad with Pecans & Dried Cranberries

Parsley Salad with Pecans & Dried Cranberries {Domesticated Academic}

This salad is light, refreshing and highly addictive! I’ve been working to integrate more whole grains in my diet. The best way for me is to make a big batch of something on the weekend so I can eat off of it during the week. I saw the idea for a parsley based salad from budget bytes and really liked the fresh herb as the green in it. Since fall is here in full swing, this is also great because it’s not quite so heavy. Fall often brings warm, comforting, gooey foods and I’m also trying to NOT eat those for every meal. This is perfect. I mixed chicken with it for lunches for a satisfying bite and spruced it up with more vinaigrette when it dried up a bit.

Parsley Salad with Pecans & Dried Cranberries {Domesticated Academic}

You can mix up your grains on this. From brown rice  to quinoa, to bulgar, it’s up to you. You could even make this out of orzo or any kind of fun pasta. Be mindful of the amount of vinaigrette you make, you might want more. My vinaigrette recipe is BASIC (not basic like the college girls are currently using) but basic in the sense that it’s a single batch with some nice flavors but not overly heavy. Spice it up, add more salt and pepper, whatever makes you happy. I like extra garlic and extra mustard, but that’s just my taste preference.

You’ll need:

Salad

  • 1 c. cooked brown rice that’s been cooled
  • 1 c. cooked quinoa that’s been cooled
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, clean & dry
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (craisins), chopped roughly

Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar (apple cider vinegar works too)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • salt + freshly cracked pepper to taste
  1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together while the quinoa and brown rice are cooking and cooling so the flavors will marry. Put all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with a fork or whisk until combined. Set aside.
  2. Rinse parsley and pat dry with paper towels or dry in a salad spinner. Finely chop the leaves and put in a bowl for mixing.
  3. Roughly chop the cranberries and pecans. Place in bowl with parsley.
  4. Top with the cooked and cooled quinoa and brown rice.
  5. Top with dressing and lightly toss.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Stitch Fix #4

 

Stitch Fix #4 {Domesticated Academic}

What time is it? It’s time for some Stitch Fix!!

I don’t have to go through all the reasons I love me some Stitch Fix and every month it magically appears after I give careful, detailed, and sometimes terrible feedback like, “i don’t know what i didn’t like about that blazer, but i felt like i was always tugging at it.” No, not my best piece of feedback. To my amazement, these people ACTUALLY read the drivel I put online and the top two tops were meant to be paired with some blazers I already own. Good job Stitch Fix. I’ll try to write with better grammar and syntax from now on. I appreciate that someone actually read it.

Anywhoooooooo……it came, I swooned, I played dress up.

Stitch Fix #4 {Domesticated Academic}

From top to bottom: two gorgeous print tops are first. They’re photographed several times in this post as they were my faves from the get-go. I loved the fit and the sleeves on the black top. The pattern is flattering and I’m learning that I look good in patterns. Helps play down the middle of my teapot shaped body. I could care less about the cross back and might consider removing them if I keep it.

The chevron type print was also super fun but I’m having an internal struggle with this one because it’s a tank top and we’re heading towards November. Not tank top weather. Not. At. All. I did pair it with a blazer to get a feel for how it would look. I’m not unhappy. The price is right on it and it’s playing with my emotions. Big-time.

The red sweater was super soft but did not fit properly at all. It looked more like a…..tarp on me. A giant red tarp. Returning.

The striped blazer was NICE! Lined with gray fabric, some elastic in the sleeves to create some nice gathering and a nice cuff down or rolled up. Fit properly. Loved. Until the embedded and unremovable shoulder pads. “have you been working out? (no).” I couldn’t keep it for that reason and that reason alone. Returning.

Bottom of the heap was a beautiful color block dress with gray, off white, and a maroon stripe. It didn’t fit properly. That’s all. No other big reasons. The junk in my trunk would not be contained. It’s no one’s fault. It just happens in the world of clothing. Returning.

I am not immediately IN LOVE with the pieces this month. I’m thankful for the three days to assess the two shirts. I knew right away that the red sweater, the dress and the blazer were a ‘no go’ for me. The price is good on both shirts, in fact, it’s perfect and I’m more than happy to spend money on them. They’re very different than what I would normally choose in a store and honestly, I wouldn’t choose them at all. I think that’s my ‘bigger’ first world issue. I’ve sent pics to my friends who know me and how I usually dress. I’ve started to really evaluate what matches what for work and actually pick out clothes on Sunday so I spend less time standing in front of my closet each day. Sounds silly, but staple pieces are becoming key with a mix of blazers and sweaters for the Fall weather.

Stitch Fix #4 {Domesticated Academic} Stitch Fix #4 {Domesticated Academic}

I have a few days to decide about the two shirts. I like them both. I’m thankful for this service to spruce up my wardrobe, give me options, and be understanding when I have to just say no.