Pear Salad

So all my lamenting about it feeling more like fall & winter than Spring finally paid off! This was the first time we had nice weather and it lasted all weekend long! I mean we had to turn on the AC that’s how nice it was! Having said that, its time to eat lighter and more spring like now. So below is my quick and easy salad. I served it with the are you too chicken last night. Yum-o!

  • 2 Bartlett pears (fairly ripe)
  • 1/2 of a medium yellow onion (Vidalia works, but so does a Spanish onion)
  • 1 bag of the Sorrento Salad Mix from Trader Joes (it just has arugula, baby spinach, and lettuce in it. I also throw in a fist full of shredded raddicho just because I had some in the fridge and I like the purple color).
  • 1 cup of sesame sticks (photo below & also bought from Trader Joes-sorry that’s where I grocery shop, but I will say most stores will have them in nuts & snacks aisle, look near trail mixes)
  • 1/4 cup of champagne pear vinaigrette with gorgonzola from Trader Joe’s (I know homemade dressing is better, but I was hung over so I did a short cut, big deal, its yummy nonetheless).
  • Optional is to add some crumbled gorgonzola on the top but I was trying to keep it light so I left out, the vinaigrette is creamy and silky enough you shouldn’t miss the added cheese.

Slice the pears in long, Julienne strips. Do the same for the onions and toss with the sesame sticks, salad packet and dressing. Serve immediately and a good tip is to make sure the pears and onions are cold from the fridge when serving, I don’t know what it is about a cold salad on a warm afternoon! Oh and the peppery arugula coupled with the sweet pear and the sharp onion and crunchy sesame sticks is the perfect combo of different taste bud pleasers we try to achieve in all of our sultry salads 🙂


Happy Eating, XO.

BLT(EA): A BLT on Steriods

This weekend, my husband and I were at a stand off – he wanted to have breakfast and I wanted to have lunch. This doesn’t usually happen – mainly because he almost never eats breakfast. (I know, go ahead and “tisk tisk”.) – so I had to get creative. Behold, the BLT(EA), the Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Egg, and Avocado. It was easy (or would have been if I didn’t burn the bacon the first time around…) but bottom line, made both of us happy!

You’re all smart people so I’m sure you don’t need the ingredients laid out for you, but in case you’re having a “half speed” day, here you go!

  • 2 strips of bacon
  • 1 egg, over easy
  • Layered lettuce
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • 2 slices of avocado

I won’t go in to detail, we all know how to make a sandwich. But I will tell you, we “customized” our sandwiches even further. I added a little mayo to mine, he added a little cheddar to his. This is a “no holds barred” sandwich so go crazy!


Happy Eating, XO