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    • Pear Salad

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    •  5/7/2011 10:41:46 PM
    •  Today was the first warm day of the year! We actually go to to play outside ALL day. My kids had a blast and my sweet husband started planting our garden for the year. After playing outside in the sunshine catching some much needed Vitamin D, all I can think about is salads! There are so many fun ways to make the same old salad taste delicious. If you are stuck in a salad rut, add some fresh sliced fruit to it. Adding strawberries to some fresh greens with a squeeze of lemon or lime makes for a refreshing summer salad. 

       I was introduced to one of my favorite salads a few years ago by maintenance mommy: Pear Salad!

      This is my take on it. I love it:



      Pear salad

      3 tbsp lemon juice
      1 tbsp dijon mustard
      1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
      1/2 cup olive oil

      1 bag mixed baby greens
      2 ripe pears, halved, cored, thinly sliced lengthwise
      1 cup crumbled "tofu feta" see recipe below

      Whisk first 4 ingredients in a bowl to blend. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

      Toss greens with enough dressing to coat. Divide among 4 plates. Top each serving with pear slices. Sprinkle with feta.  Drizzle the top lightly with the remaining dressing


      Tofu Feta:



      2 TBSP olive oil
      2 TBSP water 

      1/4 cup red wine vinegar 
      1 tsp salt
      1 tsp dried basil 
      1/2 tsp oregano

      1/2 lb firm tofu crumbled

      Mix the first 6 ingredients together in a bowl, add tofu crumbles, and marinate for at least an hour.  Store in the fridge in air tight container for up to 5 days


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