Making a salad can be a very creative experience, especially in the summer when you have lots of good materials to work with. Even making a salad in the winter can taste so good, because I crave fresh, green food this time of year. The ingredients list may not be as long without the availability of fresh herbs and greens from the garden or farmers market, so it’s just different this time of year.
This is one of my favorite salad recipes…
Bruce’s Spinach and Pear Salad
This recipe is from Chip’s brother-in-law, from Bennington, VT, who is an excellent cook.
½ bag baby spinach (from a 10 oz. bag)
½ bag spring mix (from a 10 oz. bag)
½ red onion cut in 1 inch pieces
1 red pear, sliced
¼ cup walnuts or pine nuts, toasted*
¼ cup blue cheese, crumbled
3 Tbs. Balsamic vinegar
3 Tbs. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Toss greens, onion, pear, nuts and cheese in a salad bowl.
Combine vinegar, oil, and salt and pepper in a jar and shake.
Toss dressing into salad just before serving.
*To toast nuts: Place nuts into a dry sauté pan on medium high heat.
Stir constantly until they begin to brown and give off their aroma.
Remove from pan to prevent burning.
Recipe from White Grass Flavor Cookbook, 2005