Pear salad with basil oil dressing

(Recipe adapted from Women’s Health 15-Minute training guide)

If you’re as obsessed with soaking up every second of warm weather while we’ve got it as I am, then you’re probably looking for ways to add amazing fruits and fresh flavors to your easy weeknight salads. I’m a huge fan of making your own dressing, because it’s almost always more healthy and delicious. This salad’s dressing offers a fresh herbaceous flavor the everyone at your table will enjoy, health freak or not. Noticing a serious upgrade in recipe photography? The talented Christiana Basso is to thank for that. Dressing ingredients:

  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe pears
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2 large balls of fresh mozzerella
  • 3 TBS chopped walnuts

Directions: 1. Start by combining all dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender. IMG_2155 2. Let the mixture blend for about 1 minute. It should look like a thin pesto when it’s done. You could make this dressing alone on a Sunday and use it throughout the week. IMG_2177 3. Divide the arugula in half and place on two plates. IMG_2120 4. Cut the pears into half inch cubes or whatever you consider to be a smallish cube.IMG_2184 5. Put half of the cubed pears on each salad. IMG_2185 5. Cut the fresh mozzarella into cubes the same size as your pears. Cheese is my weakness, I cut up a little extra (about 1/4 cup) to make a snack out of mozzarella marinated in the dressing. IMG_2187   IMG_2210 6. Add Mozzarella and walnuts to your salad. IMG_2190 IMG_2191 7. Drizzle dressing onto the salad and devour! IMG_2196    IMG_2207 Recipe options: you can add some rotisserie chicken to the mix or sub in grilled asparagus instead of pears for a weeknight feast. Enjoy!   addtext_com_MTMwNzAxMjIwMzUx

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About Jeana Anderson Cohen

Jeana Anderson Cohen is the founder and CEO of a premiere wellness media destination that creates content and community to help womxn live better lives and achieve their goals. Before founding health-focused companies Jeana earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison - and fresh out of college she worked on the '08 Obama campaign in Michigan. From there, she created and executed social media strategies for brands. aSweatLife fuses her experience in building community and her passion for wellness. You can find Jeana leading the team at aSweatLife, trying to join a book club, and walking her dog Maverick.

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