A Unique and Delicious Salad

April 8, 2014 | My Jottings

We had potato, kale and sausage soup for dinner tonight, otherwise known as The Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana. Michael loves it and my copycat recipe (from the Pioneer Woman’s site, I believe) is almost indistinguishable from the restaurant’s. I wanted to make a different kind of salad to go with it, and the one I chose was so unique and scrumptious I thought I’d share it with you. I adapted it from Amy Thielen’s fabulous recipe and my changes are included here.

DSCN0854Parsley Salad with Toasted Almonds and Lemon

5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups cold, cooked basmati rice
5 cups roughly chopped Italian parsley, with tender stems
1-1 1/2 cups whole raw almonds, skillet-toasted in 1 teaspoon butter, and roughly chopped
1/2 cup finely diced sweet onion, such as Vidalia
Zest of 1 lemon


Make the dressing right in the serving bowl: Combine the lemon juice, mustard, honey, pepper, salt and garlic in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking until emulsified.

Add the parsley to the dressing and toss to combine. Add the rice, toasted almonds, onions and lemon zest, and toss well. As a side dish, this would serve about 6.

If you make it, let me know what you thought. I will make this again and again.

In other news, it’s all too sad to report. So I’ll share it when I have the gumption to sit down and type it all out.

Now, I pray for every single person who’s reading these words today, that the Lord would help you, bless your family, remind you often of His mercy and love for you, bring healing and peace, and draw you closer to His beautiful self.

I’m asking Him to do the same thing for me.


  1. Jodi Clair says:

    I am eager to make this Julie! Have I told you your Swiss Muesli has become a breakfast favorite for Ben? Thanks for blogging!!

  2. Just Julie says:

    I’m so glad Ben likes the muesli, Jodi! Sara and I were just saying how much we like the tart, rich taste of the plain yogurt we use (Old Home). It goes fast around here. Blessings to you and yours, dear Jodi… xoxo

  3. Helen in Switzerland says:

    Oh Julie,
    i’m so sorry you have sad news. Praying for you for strength, compassion and endurance. Take care my friend
    Helen xx

  4. Ganeida says:

    I will make this soon. We like taboule & this sounds really yummy.
    * I thank God for you. I pray for you night and day.*

  5. Just Julie says:

    Bless you. xo

  6. Kay in Cornwall says:

    Julie, I didn’t realise that you were back to blogging. It’s so good to see you here again. 🙂 We’ve both had the ‘lurgy’ for the past week and its worn us out. But at least the sun is shining today and we can see blue sky.
    We’ve had some very encouraging news about Alan’s health – his factor 8 levels have risen from 0% to 2% which has cheered us both so much. He’s not out of the woods yet, but prayers have definitely been answered.
    We continue to pray for you both.

  7. Just Julie says:

    Hi Kay — I’m very happy for this news about Alan! I join you in prayer for his continued improvement regarding those Factor 8 levels… xoxo

  8. connie says:

    I’m worried for you and yours. Trusting Jesus to hold you in His gentle arms and to carry you on His pinions. (Deuteronomy 32:10-12) Love to you. <3

  9. Just Julie says:

    Thank you for your concern, Connie. I’m so glad that when things seem to be falling apart, Jesus still holds all things together. God bless you… xoxo

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