Saturday Mix | Summer Salad w/ Chipotle Cucumber Vinaigrette

June 18, 2016

Summer Salad w/ Chipotle Cucumber Vinaigrette by Faring Well

I no longer can turn on the oven during the day, signifying summer’s early arrival. Whipping up this cool, summer salad for my show on Nom last week was everything we are craving/eating these days. A balanced bowl that looks like you threw in everything-but-the-kitchen-sink (those are always my favorites). So much texture and flavor, with a new dressing twist we are loving: chipotle cucumber vinaigrette. Its sweet, spicy, tangy, and has a cooling effect when you eat it – perfect for warm summer days. Prep a few things ahead so they are “chilling” out for you in the fridge when lunch time hits. This has been my motto throughout our moving phase, and now still in our settling-in phase.

Thank you for all of your sweet comments and words of encouragement in my post earlier this week. I’m so thrilled you are enjoying the new site, and appreciate your presence here! If you have a few spare moments this weekend to connect with some fresh recipes in the kitchen, I would definitely give this one a go alongside the acai parfait from a few days ago. Together in one day they make you feel incredible (I think) but either on their own are fantastic too. I hope you have a weekend where you feel connected. To your physical place and the people around you. Its the last weekend of spring, and time to embrace the transition into sweet summer – xo.


All I want are frozen treats lately, three faves I would love to try this weekend are Belen’s creamy popsicles, Lindsey’s dreamy chocolate sundae, and Caitlin’s mango creamsicle milkshake.

After living out of boxes for 2 months we have a new perspective on the things we “really” need, and what we can let go. I loved this list of things to throw away, further encouraging my minimalistic heart to embrace it’s get rid of it tendency.

In nesting mode with Scott right now, and wanting to take on some DIY projects – such as this and this planter.

I watched this video, and my face melted straight off.

I don’t know where Scott finds the things he does, but he sent me this video the other day and I laughed so hard I almost peed. Wait for it.

Loving this new music discovery: “Sun Down” by Nik Freitas.


Assembles 1 serving, but preps for 3.

1 cup spelt berries, cooked and cooled in the refrigerator
1 ear of corn, cooked under the broiler, shucked, and chilled

have on hand
1 cup cooked chickpeas
cherry tomatoes
1 bunch of fresh parsley
an English cucumber

make a bowl
1/3 cup spelt berries
1/3 cup chickpeas
1/4 cup corn
a handful fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup diced cucumber
4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 teaspoons quality olive oil
1 teaspoon cucumber balsamic (or white balsamic)
1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
few dashes of black pepper
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder

Prep tips: Precook the spelt berries, rinse under cold water, and drain well. Transfer to an airtight glass container, place in the fridge to chill, and use during the week. Cook the corn on the cob for 15 minutes under the broiler, turning every 5 minutes. Shuck and place kernels in a glass jar. Chill in the fridge to use throughout the week. Keep cooked chickpeas in fresh water in a glass jar in the fridge to grab easily too.

Assemble: Add all of the ingredients for the bowl together and toss. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Eat right away, or pack up to take with you in a lunch box with ice packs (just eat within 8 hours for best flavor + texture).


Summer Salad w/ Chipotle Cucumber Vinaigrette by Faring Well

  • danielle | rooting the sun June 18, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Jessie, you had me at chipotle cucumber! (Ok, also you had me at summer). :) Your new logo and website are both gorgeous! And congratulations on getting moved into your new place. I can only imagine the combination of elation and chaos you feel all at once! Happy weekend. xo

    • Faring Well June 18, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Danielle – thank you so very much, you are the sweetest! It is such a combination of those two, you nailed it ;)

  • Sarah | Well and Full June 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    That chipotle cucumber vinaigrette sounds AMAZING, Jessie! Such a genius combination of the cooling cucumber and spicy chipotle. Also, I really enjoyed that article of things to throw away. I definitely need to declutter and that list is a great starting point. Thanks girl <3

    • Faring Well June 18, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Aw thank you Sarah! You are just the best, I am in love with this combo right now. And so happy to hear you’re enjoying that link! Ah. So great. Happy de-cluttering, I’m in the midst of it now too ;)

  • Ingrid | Let's talk evergreen June 19, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Girl, I love your new blog design. It’s fresh, pure and so perfect for summer! Just like this salad actually! Hope you are well! xx

    • Faring Well June 20, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Thank you Ingrid! You are too too sweet. I crazy appreciate it. I hope you are having a wonderful start to the week friend! <3

  • Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} June 19, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Chipotle cucumber vinaigrette sounds ahhhhh-mazing! What a yummy summer salad x

    • Faring Well June 20, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Thank you Emma! So glad you love it too – xx

  • Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow June 21, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Hey Jessie! Love the links, the gorgeous salad, THE LOGO! is amazing, so cool. The new look is v fresh, change is so good isn’t it! <3

    • Faring Well June 21, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Hey Amy! Thank you, I’m so glad you love the salad + the new logo! I appreciate your comment here, girl, and hope you are having a stellar, sunny say! XO

  • Evi @ greenevi June 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I love spelt salad and that chipotle cucumber dressing sounds absolutely genius!!! Have to try it ASAP, pinned <3

    • Faring Well June 28, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Aw yay! So glad, thank you Evi! <3

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