Summer is Salad Time…

Butter Lettuce Salad with Fresh Pears and Blue Cheese Crumbles
By The Gourmet Farm Girl

 Any lettuce or combination of lettuce leaves will work for this recipe.
 I use Butter Lettuce for its soft tender sweetness.

Cut fresh cucumbers into bit size pieces, slice red onions, top with blue cheese crumbles and a fresh Anjou pear cut into slices. Arrange on plates or a large salad bowl and top with roasted pine nuts.

I toast approximately 1 tablespoon per individual salad; Toast pine nuts on an oven stone or a heavy cookie sheet for 3-4 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Toast till just golden brown.

Add grilled  chicken slices, serve with your favorite bread and you have a meal! 

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
The Gourmet Farm Girl

8 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3-4 Tablespoons of quality balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon of brown sugar, honey or 2 packets of Splenda sweetner
Pinch of cracked pepper and sea salt

Serves 4