Simple Summer Salad {with Arugula, Grapes and Goat Cheese}


Hello! It’s Kylee here today. One of the things I was looking forward to most about owning a home with a yard was being able to have a garden. We have the tiniest little sliver of a yard on the side of our townhouse, but as it turns out, it’s plenty of room for a mini garden! I’ve slowly but surely been planting things here and there. It makes me so happy every time a new flower blooms or a strawberry appears!

A couple of months ago my husband built me a raised garden bed and we planted a few veggie starts. The arugula has really taken off the past couple of weeks and so it has been going in all of the things! I’ve been especially obsessed with making a super simple salad with arugula, red grapes, and goat cheese. I’m not normally a fruit in my salad kind of person, but this combination is just so perfectly light and refreshing that I can’t get enough.

Arugula grape and goat cheese salad




Red Grapes

Soft Goat Cheese

Walnuts (optional)


Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar



I usually just make these individually for lunch and don’t measure anything out. I just combine the salad ingredients to taste and drizzle a little olive oil and balsamic over it*. Top it off with a little salt and fresh ground pepper and there you have it! A super simple salad that totally seems gourmet.

*I like to make things easy on myself by drizzling the dressing ingredients individually right over top of my salad in the bowl. That way I avoid using another dish that I will inevitably have to clean, but if you prefer to have a more evenly mixed dressing you could whisk it all together first in another bowl or make a whole batch to save in a jar for future salads. For this method, typically you would want to mix together an oil to vinegar ratio of 3:1 with some salt and pepper to taste.


Townhouse Update {New Coffee Cart}

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It's Kylee here today to share with you another update from my townhouse! The last time I showed you my coffee station, it was set up on a wine rack. That was probably one of the first things we did when we moved in. How else would we have survived … ** Read more **

Townhouse Update {The Tale of Two Couches}

Living Room and Bella the Labradoodle

Hello! Kylee here! I recently shared with you some progress on our townhouse and today, as promised, I am back to tell the story of how we got our two couches into our new living room! If you've ever moved into a small house (or have a very frugal … ** Read more **

Progress Report for the Townhouse

Living Room and Bella the Labradoodle

Last spring we shared that my daughter Kylee moved into her first house (remember when she got married? AHH!! And now her first house, oh my heart). After studio apartment living, she and her husband Lance bought a small townhouse in Seattle (if … ** Read more **

A New Chapter: Our First House

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Happy Monday! I've been pestering my daughter Kylee (who you've seen on The Inspired Room with her cute illustrated recipes and her wedding) to share a little bit about her recent move into the townhouse she bought, and at long last she is finally … ** Read more **

Veggie Panini Recipe

Veggie Panini Recipe and Illustration by Kylee Noelle for The Inspired Room

This delicious recipe and sweet illustration is by my oldest daughter Kylee, who is definitely the best chef in our little family. She always makes us yummy and creative meals when she comes over...which you know, we're never mad about. This … ** Read more **