3 Refreshing Spring Sides

In this world of heavily consumed red meats and starchy foods, sides dishes are often overlooked. Thankfully, my parents have always nurtured a love for clean ingredients and healthy sides made their way into almost every meal. No matter what the dish was, you were always sure to get a taste of what was fresh, what was in season. Three of my favourite side dishes have forever been quinoa salad, red cabbage salad and a nice fluffy tuna potato spread.

3 deliciously simple and healthy game plans that leave little room for insecurity!

1. Zesty Quinoa Salad

quinoa salad

Ingredients (4 servings):


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup diced English cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup diced feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chick peas
  • 1/8 cup cilantro
  • 1 diced tomato


  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 finely chopped garlic clove
  • Salt, to taste

Mix all ingredients of the salad together. Prepare the dressing by mixing lemon juice, olive oil, finely chopped garlic clove and salt in a separate bowl. Pour dressing over salad. Refrigerate for approximately an hour. The longer it is refrigerated, the deeper the flavour will be. Great served with a complementary meat dish and a cold beverage.

2. Shredded Red Cabbage Salad

shredded red cabbage salad

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 1/4 small red cabbage, shredded into thin slices
  • 1/2 Spanish onion, chopped


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2/3 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste



Steam chopped cabbage and onion over boiling water for approximately 10 minutes. Cabbage should have softened a bit but should remain crunchy. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by mixing together the olive oil, lemon juice and salt. You can always prepare more with the respective proportions if needed. Once ready, take cabbage off heat and pour the dressing over the cabbage.

3. Tuna Potato Spread

potato tuna spread


  • 3 medium sized potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 can of skipjack tuna (170g)
  • 5 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp butter at room temperature



Pour potatoes into boiling water and turn down heat to medium. Leave potatoes in water until they are tender enough to mash. Once ready, drain potatoes thoroughly and mash them, incorporating in the butter slowly while continuing to mash. Incorporate tuna and mayonnaise. Mix well. Spread over some rye bread.

Any favourite spring dishes?



The Homemaker’s Life is a Montreal-based creative lifestyle blog for the avid do-it-yourselfer, creative individual and travel devotee. Realizing how sweet of a friend simplicity is really changes you. It drops you into a place of pure creativity and endless possibility. It satisfies our primal need to work with our hands. Since being married in 2014, I’ve been interested in things that help me decorate my soul and in seeing the process. This blog was created for the everyday girl. Welcome to the Homemaker’s Life! It’s going to be a bumpy ride. ”When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:4 KJV Love, TM

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