Apr 262016

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A short while ago when visiting the San Juan Islands of Washington State, we had the pleasure to dine at the Bay Cafe on Lopez Island.  It was here, where I had one of the best salads of all time called the Lopez Arugula Salad.  Owners, Tim and Kristin Shea shared their very simple recipe with me, so that I could pass it along to you ♥  Now bear with me, this salad recipe could very well be a fabulous find, and it is — but wait until you see what I have prepared it in :)

The Bay Cafe Lopez Island

Is this serving bowl set from “Camp Casual”, not the most perfect serving bowl set for your RV kitchen?  Just look at how simply lovely it is!  Thank you Rachel for sending it to me!  This serving bowl set will live happily in my Airstream kitchen from now on, no question :)

Camp Casual Serving Bowl Set via J5MM.com

I knew straight away, the Lopez Arugula Salad would be the first salad to fill this marvelous bowl.  I honestly, truly, hopefully hope you will make this because quite frankly, it’s such a fresh and zippy salad that is quite delicious!  Here is the recipe:

The Bay Cafe
Lopez Arugula Salad
serves 8

  • 1 pound arugula
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup blanched Marcona almonds
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese. divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  Toast the almonds on a baking sheet until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.  Allow to cool and then roughly chop.

Toss the arugula in your salad bowl with the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and half of the Parmesan cheese.  Top with the remaining Parmesan cheese and chopped almonds.  Serve immediately.

Arugula Salad (2 of 4) Arugula Salad 1 (1 of 1) Arugula Salad (4 of 4)

Some other goods on my Fabulous Finds radar are:

Fabulous finds for your RV via J5MM.com

This “take it anywhere,” red table.  It’s very stylish and seems to be quite practical as well.

This “travel pouch,” would be quite handy for those trips to the RV park shower to keep all your beauty essentials in one place.

Oh and last but not least, you can now buy this charming Airstream shaped cutting board here.

Airstream Cutting Board (1 of 1)

Hope you enjoyed this installment of Fabulous Finds Tuesday :)

xx Monica

Monica Bennett Orcas Island - day one (1 of 8)

  12 Responses to “Fabulous Finds: 4.26.16”

  1. Beautiful photos, Monica! And, LOVE that bowl…..and cannot wait to try the salad. Thank you for your enthusiasm and knowledge. You have always been spot on in all your recommendations! Happy Spring!

  2. On a trip in our 25′ Silver Cloud to Southern Oregon. Camped the first night at Hiway Haven RV park. We usually stay at state parks but have fond memories of drive-in theaters and our first few dates so I picked this as the first night on the surprise birthday camping trip for my hubby. What a combo – a drive-in movie and camping! Anyway, perfect timing for a great salad recipe and it is Keto friendly so works with how we eat! Camped at Bullard’s Beach outside of Bandon by the Sea and if you haven’t been down here in a while, well worth the drive from Seattle. We found a market at the docks that opened five days ago and sells the owner’s fish he caught that day as well as grass-fed and finished pork and beef from local farms. There is also an artisan cheese producer in Bandon on Hwy 101 and picked up sun dried tomato cheese curds to accompany our applewood smoked olives marinated in Chardonnay and a nice Pinot Grigio on this rare warm day on the Oregon Coast. A Midwesterner by birth, the bounty of the PNW amazes me. Looking forward to ordering the Airstream cutting board and exploring your other fabulous finds!

    • Kathy, hello!! I was so excited to read your comment. I adore the salad for that very same reason — Keto friendly. I have actually as of two months ago began the keto lifestyle and am quite pleased with how I am feeling! More energy and happier all around. ALSO VERY IMPORTANT — THANK YOU for the heads up on Hiway Haven RV Park. This place sounds like too much fun!! This is absolutely on my list! Also on my list is Bullard’s beach and the artisan cheese producer on Hwy 101 in Bandon. I am pretty sure you have just created our next trip itinerary. THANK YOU FRIEND ♥♥♥

  3. I love arugula and your blog. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lovely pictures as usual. Have downloaded your recipe. Thanks. But, a little hard to read w/black background.

    We love arugula and will plan on buying some fresher when I go shopping on Wed. Hope I can find blanched Marcona almonds.
    Also, we like arugula, diced seedless watermelon, fresh parsley and feta cheese salads. Life is Good.

    Best regards to the family.

    • I’m going to make your salad tonight. It sounds refreshing and just what we need for the warm weather we are having here in Seattle. Thanks for the note on the recipe readability. I need to start using my “print out” version rather than just straight away typing. Life IS good, thank you for being here :)

  5. Stunning photographs! Someday we will travel to your part of the country to see all the fabulous sights you have shared! I have to tell you that all my Airstream girlfriends and I run right out and get the fabulous finds you have on your blog! It’s a bad case of Monica wannabe! Thanks for always giving us great ideas for our trailers and the food! xoxoxo

    • Sandi, if you do come to the Pacific Northwest we should plan a road trip together! I would be delighted to tour you around and show you where some of my most favorite spots are. Oh the fun we would have!!! Too, too much fun!

  6. Monica fabulous update as usual. Love that bowl. You might consider posting that on the “what did you get for your trailer “thread on Airforums

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