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:
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
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