Pears in a wooden box

This month’s HotM theme is Nuts, Seeds and Nut-Like Things, we all know how healthy it is to eat nut and seeds every day, just look at the birds for example, they are fit, fly fast and do the most incredible loops and they usually sing beautifully as well. The hunting season is on here and I can hear my hunting neighbour’s birds/lockfåglar singing the most incredible tunes. Let’s not go into the lives of these poor birds, I get angry just thinking of it but if nuts and seed could make me thing as beautifully, I would eat them a lot more. But as with most things, moderation is a good thing and I just nibble here and there instead. And keep on being a really mediocre singer. In this salad I have included toasted sunflower seeds, both for the flavour and for their heart healthy properties but I have also added a bit of cheese which is not always that good for your heart as it contains animal fats but I trust you to not take to much and if you need to be stricter, to use a low fat cheese instead. The beautiful autumn pears we can get now gives it a nice sweet touch and the slightly minty dressing/vinaigrette is not bad either.

To cite Michelle: This month, send in your entry for the most creative thing you can think of to do with Nuts, seeds or other nut-like things. And of course it has to be heart-healthy too: your entry should be low in saturated fats (lean meats and fish), be low in salt (sodium), and if you’d like, abundant with vegetables or fruit. If you want to get more information, check out our useful links in the right hand marginal. Please only use your entry for this event so that we can keep things centred on heart-healthy recipes and please link to the event as well. Send your entries to me at phillipslayden AT gmail DOT com before (your) midnight Saturday the 31st of October, and please put “HotM” in your subject line so I can keep track of all the entries!

Baby Spinach Salad With Pears, Cheese and Toasted Sunflower Seeds

2 servings

2 medium fistfuls of baby spinach leaves
1 pear
a nice tasty cheese, semi-soft is good
2-3 tblsp sunflower seeds that you have toasted in a pan or skillet
10 mint leaves, finely chopped
2 tsp apple cider vinegar or some other mild vinegar
2-3 tblsp extra-virgin olive oil

– Slice the pear thinly or cut it into small pieces. Do the same with the cheese.
– Whisk vinegar, salt, mint leaves and olive oil quickly together.
– Mix spinach leaves, pear and cheese, add the dressing/vinaigrette and mix with a light hand.
– Sprinkle with toasted sunflower seeds and serve immediately.

Baby Spinach Salad With Pears, Cheese and Toasted Sunflower Seeds

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