Meatless Monday: Field Greens with Pear Vinaigrette

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Explaining to people what a “food blogger” is (does?) can be…awkward? Complicated? I’m not really sure, but I always get tongue-tied with my response. How do you explain, “I make food, take pictures of it, and post it online,” and make it sound…cool. Because let’s face it, food blogging is totally cool in every way.

What’s even more awkward is when food bloggers all get together and take photos of food. In crowded public places. At least then there’s power in numbers and the awkwardness is diminished. But, I digress from where I was going with this whole food blogger thing…

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I made the big mistake of getting Mr. Prevention the Xbox One he wanted for Christmas. My basement has quite literally turned into a man cave and I see him much less than I used to. I look over to his Lay-Z Boy expecting to see him, but then I hear him in the basement…swearing or making weird comments at the video game.

Saturday, I heard him talking…to someone. “How do you do that move, dawg?” (I’m so not kidding. This 33-year-old man turns into a 12-year-old with a game controller in hand.) Then I heard more of the one-sided conversation and totally confused, I went to the basement. The Man Cave, I mean.

There was Mr. Prevention, with his headset on…talking to his opponent, a 28-year-old who lives in LA. I didn’t believe him, so he handed over the headset and then began my conversation with the guy as he continued kicking Mr. Prevention’s tush in the NBA game.

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The (nameless) guy asked if I was on Instagram and he followed me (Yes, I know his handle but not his name.). He questioned, “How do you have so many followers?” I then tried explaining the food blog, rather unsuccessfully because he couldn’t quite figure it all out. In the end, he understood that I make food, photograph food, and people come to my site for recipes. Mostly healthy recipes, to which he replied, “Yeah, I hate vegetables.”

The conversation didn’t last much longer, but this recipe reminds me of the very humorous conversation with the nameless guy I met over Xbox One on Saturday who I now follow on Instagram. Technology…what can I say? He may appreciate that this salad is not only full of veggies, but also lots of fruit. Mmmmm.

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Field Greens with Pear Vinaigrette
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
Vinaigrette:
  • ½ Anjou or Bartlett pear, cored
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • black pepper, to taste
Salad:
  • 5 oz field greens
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 Anjou or Bartlett pear, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup walnut halves
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. In a blender or small food prep/food processor, puree the vinaigrette ingredients until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients and drizzle with the vinaigrette; toss well and serve immediately.
Notes
Vinaigrette in an air-tight container in the refrigerator up to a week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼ recipe, including vinaigrette Calories: 350 Fat: 26.0 Carbohydrates: 28.8 Sugar: 18.8 Sodium: 179 Fiber: 5.0 Protein: 3.0 Cholesterol: 0

 There looks to be no crazy winter weather or anything to keep this from being a full 5-day work week. DARN IT! 😉

Be well,

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7 Comments

  1. January 13, 2014 / 11:07 am

    LOL It’s true, FOOD BLOGGING IS COOL! There is no other way to put it! I love doing what I love, which is cooking and being able to share it with the world. On another note, this salad looks delish and refreshing. I love dried cranberries in a salad, it gives the perfect sweetness to a salad. 🙂

  2. January 13, 2014 / 11:23 pm

    I love getting together with other foodie/blogger-type friends because then I don’t feel so guilty whipping out my camera in public before hitting the dinner table! And a guy that doesn’t like veggies?! He’s missing out….

  3. January 14, 2014 / 9:24 am

    That looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’m going to have a meatless Wednesday! Can’t wait till Monday to try your recipe! =)

  4. January 14, 2014 / 9:33 am

    It’s amazing how far gaming has come, isn’t it? Crazy! I work with someone who’s husband doesn’t like veggies. I just don’t get it!

  5. January 14, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    Love the stats on this one Nicole. I have a recipe coming up later this week for spicy walnuts that would go perfect in this salad – I’ll let you know when I post it!

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