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Friday, January 9, 2015

Quick Winter Salad

Aaron just started his 4th semester of Law School, complete with 7 classes - one of which is from 6:00 - 9:00 P.M.! SO... as we're both stuck in Malibu (life's really hard, isn't it) until way past dinner, I had to come up with something to eat that was transportable, healthy and yummy (why eat it if it sucks? Food is meant to be enjoyed, people.). Here's what I came up with:

Quick Winter Salad

1 Bosc pear, washed and sliced thin
1 Bartlett pear, washed and sliced thin
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 - 3 tbsp. pomegranate seeds
2 - 3 cups mixed baby greens
1/4 cup shredded parmesan (this is just what I had on hand. It would be absolutely delish with Feta or Gorgonzola).
2 - 3 tbsp. citrusy olive oil (we picked ours up at our local farmer's market from Olimila Gourmet Emporium)

Toss everything together. Done! YUM!

OK... so maybe since we had to pack it at 6:00 a.m. and keep it fresh until 6:00 p.m. I did do a little extra prep: 
I bought pre-packaged mixed baby greens and tossed 'em in a large re-usable grocery bags that LA county forces us to buy, now.
Next, in a large Glad container is where I stored the pears, whole and washed. That went in the grocery bag, too. 
Then, I tossed the bag of dried cranberries, container of pomegranate seeds, and container of cheese in with everything else, carefully placing the bottle of "dressing" upright in the bag's corner. 
I stored this all in the large fridge I fortunately have access to at work and at 5:45 p.m., I began to cut my pears on the makeshift cutting board of a Glad container lid (Pears are typically softer, so you don't need a super sharp knife. Shoot - sometimes even plastic knives with make the cut). I tossed everything by shaking it in the lidded Glad container and voila! Dinner was ready exactly when Aaron came to my office to eat at 5:53 p.m. 
All in all, it wasn't too bad, prep-wise. AND Aaron loved the blend of flavors between sweet, tart and a little picante, plus the occasional pop of a pomegranate seed. Aaron's verdict: Repeat.

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