A few months ago I made a last-minute decision to visit a friend of mine in Scotland. She’s actually from Vienna and is finishing up her master’s degree at St. Andrews, an extremely old and prestigious school right on the coast of the North Sea (and if that’s ringing a bell, it’s also known for it’s beautiful golf coarse, and it’s where Will met Kate). I’ve always been so, incredibly bad at keeping in touch with my good friends, which is why I’m certain it was she who messaged me first to see how I was doing. I remember I was completely overwhelmed with work at the time and was so happy to hear from her. It didn’t take long for us to nail down some dates, and before I knew it I had bought my plane tickets to Edinburgh.
This felt so good. Just knowing I was going to have a break in two weeks made work seem not so bad. I love looking forward to any kind of vacation (who doesn’t), and it lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. And to add to the stress-reducing, euphoric feeling of looking forward to an amazing trip, I didn’t plan anything. Usually, this would totally freak me out. I am a planner in the true sense of the word. I plan everything, and it’s because I love it. Every time my family or friends have visited me in Austria I’ve made and designed detailed itineraries for everyone (oh yeah!). But this time it was different. I put all my faith in my friend’s expertise (she’d been living there for almost a year) and decided to not worry about anything.
I won’t go into details, because I hope to write a whole post about my trip, but we had an amazing time. It was short and sweet, but a very full experience. I’m so glad I went.
Once I came home, I made this salad. Needless to say, I totally let loose in Scotland as far as my diet goes, and I ate and drink anything and everything I wanted. So naturally I came home feeling bloated and tired, craving veggies and hydration. I had an early flight home and went to the store pretty quickly after getting back to my flat (but not before making a detailed grocery list. Planner, remember). This salad was everything I needed and craved, and was the perfect meal to help me get my shit back together. I served it with some simple oven-roasted salmon and fresh arugula. Now it was time to get back to the real world and back to work. The total worst. Thought coming back from vacation can sometimes be a disappointment, this salad is not!
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