When I think of camping I immediately think of the scent of pine trees, of crackling campfires, playing in lakes and streams, sticky roasted marshmallows sandwiched between graham crackers, the thrill of trying to find the bathroom in the middle of the night in a forest lit only by the stars and the beam of your flashlight.
It’s 5am. My alarm goes off, but I have already been awake for a little while just lying in bed enjoying the silence of the early morning. No other time of day is this quiet and peaceful. I reach over and hit the off button on my phone before the ringing wakes Gavin, who has likely snuck into bed next to me sometime during the night. After rising from the warmth of the blankets, the very first thing I do is head to my new espresso machine in the kitchen.
I made this salad in the work lunchroom once and everyone kept commenting on how good the cut veggies smelled and how beautiful it was. So it would be an easy, yet impressive side dish for a potluck. The best thing is it only takes about 15 minutes to make.