a perfect sunday

arugula, strawberry, and lemon feta salad

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arugula lemon feta walnut strawberry salad recipe

What makes a perfect Sunday?

It comes as no surprise that the answer varies from person to person. Here’s a Sunday I remember: Sitting on our friends’ deck, watching their kids play and happily waiting for the delicious grilled steaks, veggies, and salad to be ready. Our friends never seemed stressed to have us, we always felt relaxed the moment we arrived, and the food was always perfect.

perfect steak, grilled vegetables and balsamic salad recipe

There’s something fantastic about a family who generously opens their home on a precious Sunday. A husband who will open up a special bottle and grill your steak to perfection, and a wife who handles her children and her guests with the kind of grace that should earn her a Lifetime Multitasking Award.

whisking salad dressing

Being in their home was like being away while still feeling so comfortable that you didn’t want to leave. Thinking of it this way, it was probably a test to their hospitality. Hmm…

This particular family has long held a secure place in our heart. They chauffeured us on our wedding day and even had us at the airport in the wee hours of the morning. I will never forget holding their brand new baby in my arms and declaring the ever poignant, “He just looks so much like a boy!” (And the Lifetime Observation Award goes to…) And of course snapping photo after photo of their charming second addition to the family, a darling girl who mirrored the dazzling, contagious smiles of her parents and had such spunk that told us she could hold her own!

fresh arugula leaves salad

I remember them laughing once about how steak, grilled veggies and salad was their go-to for a relaxed Sunday, and all I could think was, I could eat this Sunday go-to every day!

At any rate, I will always look back on those Sundays and remember comfortable conversation, easy laughter, and irreplaceable memories with good friends.

That, in my books, is a perfect Sunday.

arugula feta walnut recipe

arugula, strawberry, and lemon feta salad recipe

100g arugula
95g feta, crumbled
zest of 1/2 lemon
cracked black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup walnuts, roasted
150g strawberries, halved

1/2 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 small garlic clove, crushed
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1 1/2 tbs olive oil

Combine feta with lemon zest and cracked black pepper.

crumbled lemon feta recipe

To make the vinaigrette, combine balsamic, garlic, sesame oil and 1 tbs of the olive oil. Whisk whisk whisk! Then add the rest of the olive oil and keep the whisking frenzy going!

balsamic sesame dressing vinaigrette recipe

When ready to serve, combine all the salad ingredients in a large serving bowl and gently toss the salad with the dressing.

arugula feta walnut recipe balsamic dressing

These dear friends are about to welcome the newest member to their family this month. We wish we could pass more perfect Sundays with them and their beautiful family. One day, sweet friends, one day…

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33 Responses to a perfect sunday

  1. Parsley Sage says:

    We invited people around almost every Sunday because its just so much fun to spend the day eating and playing in the pool with our friends 🙂 Usually its for lunch AND dinner…the lazy days turn into lazy nights. Awesome stuff.

    Gonna have to whip up this ACE salad next Sunday for the guests 😉

  2. Sounds like a fantastic way to spend a Sunday. (And the salad looks great too!)

  3. That does seem like a perfect Sunday … Happy weekend 🙂

  4. The salad is perfect, too– perfect for any day of the week. (I have yet to perfect grilling a steak; wish someone — your friends? — could just do it for me!)

  5. Val says:

    All the savory and sweet and creaminess go so well together. Really liking the way you combined the feta with black pepper and zest.

  6. Perfect Sunday, in my opinion. Hope the newest addition is as lovely as the rest.

    And this salad? Perfect for any day of the week!

  7. What wonderful friends and one to really treasure too! 😀 A perfect Sunday indeed!

  8. I love Sundays 🙂 You have summed up my perfect Sunday too. Hopefully next weekend will be that good too 🙂

  9. Liz says:

    Any Sunday spent with good friends and family sounds perfect to me. Congratulations to your dear friends on the impending arrival of #3. PS…love your salad, too!

    • kale says:

      Thanks, Liz! They are so excited. And we are eager to find out if we are welcoming a boy or a girl into the world!

  10. This salad would definitely make everyday perfect 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. You totally worked a tear out of me! Ahhhh… How beautiful this family is. I know they are probably melting with love as they read this 🙂 . You’re too sweet Kaleigh xox

    • kale says:

      One of my objectives in life is to have you in tears once a week. (haha, kidding!) I spoke with the lady of the house yesterday and she said they’ve moved on from steak to fish on a cedar plank. I’m so out of the grilling loop! But she said they did in fact have a strawberry salad with their Sunday dinner and she hadn’t seen the post yet. Too funny! xo

  12. Kristina says:

    Sounds like a perfect Sunday to me 🙂 Im making a salad similar to this next weekend for my friend’s wedding shower (very excited!). I was going to use spinach but I’m loving the arugula in yours! Changing my idea 🙂

  13. Beautiful post…I love lazy Sundays with friends, food and wine. That sounds like the perfect Sunday to me too. This post made me all nostalgic, I think I’ll do that this weekend.
    The salad looks amazing…I adore arugula and strawberry salads, so this is just perfect!

  14. Emma says:

    And now I feel inspired to bust out some country music…

    “That’s what I love about Sunnnnnnnndaaaaayyyyyyyy (Sundayyyyy)”

    We sing snippets of that every Sunday that we’re having a relaxing, lovely day. This previous Sunday included. There wasn’t a delicious salad involved though…. mmm!

  15. Brittany says:

    Your Sunday sounds amazing. Relaxing and full of good people! THIS salad looks DIVINE! I love the cheese and fruit combo, that never fails!

  16. I wish I could have some salad now! Looks delightful.

  17. Michele says:

    Lemon feta – this sounds heavenly. Can’t wait to try. Thanks!

  18. Katia says:

    HI Kale, never had strawberries in a salad, but I promise… I will (hopefully when the sun makes an appearance 😉


  19. That does sound like a perfect way to spend a Sunday, good friends and good food makes for a relaxing way to enjoy the day.

  20. I am not as adventurous as to use strawberries in salads. But the combination of Strawberries and feta is tempting enough 🙂 I have days like that too. It wasn’t always sundays but my friends would come and stay for hours, just chatting away.

  21. Sunday’s with good friends are tough to beat 🙂
    This salad sounds really good. I love mixing feta with fruit, the sweet salty combination is a definite winner.

  22. Kim Bee says:

    Good friends are worth their weight in gold. I had a friend visiting this week from BC, I’ve known her since kinder. Such an ease to it.

    Great dish.

  23. Eftychia says:

    Yummy! Delicious, healthy and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  24. your pictures make me want to eat this salad so so badly! but im allergic to feta 🙁

  25. Mmmm, strawberries and feta. That sounds about as good as strawberries and goat cheese to me!

  26. love2dine says:

    simple and healthy i love it especially for breakfast.

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