Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Salad {Guest Post}

My friend Jen Rittenhouse has been a Beauties and the Feast fan since its very inception. I consider her to be an expert in blogging and social media and therefore ran the idea by her before we even started the blog. It's an honor to have her as a guest blogger today, three years into what once started as just a simple idea! Thanks for all of your support over the years, Jen!

Everything but the Kitchen Sink
An Amazing Salad for Summer
By guest beauty Jen Rittenhouse

I am obsessed with this salad. I dream about it, write poetry about it, and in the summer I eat it just about every damn day.

Like most good things in my life, this salad was born on a whim. It was during my days as a crazed commuter (insert nostalgic pause here). I had a 5:30 a.m. train to catch and limited time to pack a lunch. Thankfully my weekly produce delivery box had just stocked me with all of my summer faves: lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, carrots, cucumber and corn. I threw it all together with a can of garbanzos, black beans, feta and a lemon and discovered the most amazing salad I’ve ever eaten.

You can’t eff this salad up, promise. And it can be modified infinity different ways. Cilantro, bell peppers and hard-boiled eggs make nice additions. The lettuce in this thing is more of an afterthought. Sometimes I don’t even bother.

-1 can black beans*
-1 can garbanzo beans*
-handful of cherry tomatoes
-1 or 2 carrots
-1 avocado
-1 lemon
-a few shakes of feta
-1 ear of corn
-a few lettuce leaves

*I use half a can of beans when I’m making this for myself and use the other half for the next day’s lunch.

-Chop vegetables
-Mix with feta
-Add juice from one lemon
-Eat it up!
Isn't she lovely?

Tip: If you are packing it for lunch, I recommend you layer the feta and beans on the bottom and build up to the lettuce on top.

Jen is a copywriter, mama, runner and denim enthusiast. She's been published a few times on the Internet but this is her first post about food. You can follow her on Twitter and see what she's up to on Instagram @YennyPie.


  1. I love recipes like this because you never really think to make them and then when you do, it tastes so good you think to yourself, this is so easy, and good, and healthy, why don't I make this all the time?! I have a feeling I'll be making variations of this all summer long! Thanks for posting and I'm glad you ditched your 5:30 a.m. commute!

  2. I personally love anything with Avocado and corn. So this salad MUST be good. Can't wait to try it. Thanks Jen!

  3. Avocado, feta and black beans - yes please! Everything else is just a bonus. This salad looks (and I'm sure tastes) amazing. Thanks for posting Jen!

  4. My pleasure to contribute. Enjoy! Would love to hear how everyone mixes it up.