Please brace yourself…this post may include but is not limited to: a LOT of food, some bragging, extremely adorable children, probably too many photos and so much love it’s almost gross. We took a trip back to my parents house for fathers day weekend. Here’s where the bragging comes in: there are just no words to describe how wonderful it was to see these sweet faces and spend such quality time with my parents, a few of my siblings and their families. Quite frankly, I sit here with a heavy heart as I write this because I want nothing more than for my own daughter to be able to experience this type of sense of family and love on a regular basis; but we will take what we can get and cramming an obscene amount of it into a few short days really did hit the spot and make for some tremendous memories.
On another note you would not believe the amount of unbelievable food that my mom prepared for fathers day dinner. She was working her little teezo off in the kitchen all weekend and you could taste every ounce of the work in each dish she prepared. Every single bite was over-the-top-good…Lebanese cuisine at it’s true best. And as for the 10 pounds I probably gained..meh, totally worth it. Heres a few highlights of the trip:
This salad is everyone’s favorite. It is so healthful, fresh and simple to put together and was a staple with almost every meal I grew up eating. You will love it.
1 Head Romaine, chopped or torn
1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1 English Cucumber, halved and sliced
1/2 A Sweet Yellow Onion, sliced
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Lemon Juice
1 Large Clove Garlic, grated or pressed
1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Mint
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
1/4 Cup Kalamata Olives, optional
Crumbled Feta Cheese, optional
In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, mint, salt and pepper. Place romaine, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, olives and feta, if using, in a large bowl and drizzle half the vinaigrette over the top and toss with your hands. Add as much vinaigrette as desired, the leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to one week.