Skillet Seared Tomatoes and Quick Pickled Onion Salad


  You ever make dish, completely on the fly, just to use something up (I have a lot of ripe tomatoes) with no real expectation, just because… Then have it be one of the best freaking things that you have ever made? This salad is one of those things.. maybe not the best thing I have ever made, but definitely the best salad I have ever made…. this week.

A salad compiled of all things amazing, taking just a few minutes to make and is the perfect balance of uber fresh with baby spinach, raw kale, and crunchy quick pickled onions. Then adding a touch of warmth with the sweet and juicy seared tomatoes and big chunks of creamy avocado.

I mean, for reals. …...Best Salad Ever !!!! (this week)

Now let's do this.


 The Stuff. A big bowl of baby spinach and chopped up kale, a few sliced up roma tomatoes, some super thinly sliced red onion, half an avocado, red wine vinegar and salt and pepper.  Before you do anything, place the sliced onions into bowl, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and add a few glugs of the red wine vinegar. You want the onions to sit in the vinegar for at least 5 minutes on the counter cause the longer they sit the more crispy pickly they get. (after eating onions like this, you will never want to eat them any other way) Lightly oil a skillet and preheat to a medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, sprinkle the tomato slices with salt and pepper and  place tomatoes right on in, snugly, but not overlapping. Let cook for about 3-4 minutes, or until the bottoms start to brown. Flip and cook other side for another few minutes.Once the tomatoes are seared on both sides, remove them gently from skillet and toss them on top of the bowl of greens.


Take the pickled onions and toss those right on top, with any of the residual vinegar, add dice and scoop the half of avocado and toss that on in as well.And now eat the best salad ever (this week).

Make the day good!


Skillet Seared Tomato and Quick Pickled Onion Salad

Serves 2 as a side, 1 for a hungry eater

  • 2 large or 3 smaller roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 of a red onion
  • 2-3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped kale
  • salt pepper
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado 
  • olive oil (to grease pan)

Thinly slice red onion and place in a bowl.  Add vinegar into a and sprinkle with salt. Let sit on counter for at least 5 minutes, if not longer,

Slice tomatoes into 1/2 inch thick rounds and sprinkle with a pitch or salt and pepper.  Lightly oil a skillet and preheat it on medium heat. Once the skillet is preheated, stick the tomatoes on it (watch out for splattering tomato juice) Cook first side for about 3 minutes or until the bottom has browned, then flip and do the same for other side. 

One tomatoes are seared, place directly onto the greens. Now dump the pickled onions and residual vinegar on top. And  dice up  avocado and add that on top too. 

Now eat your salad, fork or fingers…  

And I know, ba-daaaamn. So good.

Sunday bits


Hey there party people…It's Sunday! Hopefully you all have some good plans for the day. Me, well I  have a peanut butter and jelly lunch date at the park with some littles, a butt load of plants to stick into the ground, and hopefully drinking much to much coffee while basking in the glow of the very lovely world. (which has been on point all week with warm weather, sunny days, splashed with the perfect  moments of rain) Everything is so green and lush and freshy, it's hard to not to be full of happy and the feeling that anything is possible. It's fantastical! Oh, and I got to give a shout out to my big sister for graduating from nursing school this week…Whoa HOO!!!!! (Does she realize she is from a family of hypochondriacs?  Texting nurse Shannon…...she is screwed.)

Summer here we come...It's GO TIME!

Internet links from the week…...

-Going to be making myself one of these this weekRail Road Totes.

-I could see doing somethinglike thiswith my family… If I didn't kill them first.

-Interesting….What If Americans Ate Like South Africans And Vice Versa? 

-I have felt like popping a few balls in my time.The Good Listener: Can I Deflate The Beach Balls At Concerts?

-My next project/living arrangement? (Hey, if we can live in a tiny room now, we can live in a tiny room on wheels)… The Vintage Nugget

-I can' t believe this show was canceled, but thank the tv gods for Hulu....Hulu Saves The Mindy Project

-I am into all of these interiors atFrenchyfancy…..I wish I knew how to read french and wish I was that fancy.

A few pictures from the week….


The prettiest tree. LILACS!!!!!My yard these days..A wheel barrel full of strawberry plants. Pretty in purple


The mister and I  harvested a frame of honey…So pretty

Have a great today!