Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lunch Idea: "It's not easy being green" Salad

I usually LOVE color to my salad, but I thought it would be fun to go monotone for once. There was some leftover pesto in the fridge, begging to be eaten, and fresh lettuce in the garden ready to be picked, so I said, "Let's go green today." Ironically, I wore a green shirt while eating my green salad; apparently my clothes have to match the color of what I'm eating today. Oh! I think I might have just come up with a fun, new idea for the kids' lunches; pick out your favorite shirt, and then you have to eat for lunch whatever matches your shirt color! Brilliant! :) Hmm, blue might be a hard one...but you can always go for yogurt with blueberries or blue sprinkles! :) 

So, the salad I threw together for lunch today included red leaf lettuce, spinach, green grapes halved, pumpkin seeds, sliced cucumbers, a couple leaves of fresh mint and I mixed 1 TB of yogurt with 1/4 cup of pesto for the dressing (I didn't use all the dressing, about now I can have the rest for my salad tomorrow!).  

Try this yummy pesto recipe. It's the perfect dip, dressing or sauce for summertime. 


Who likes to CHANGE IT UP? 

~More green things to throw in to your salad? Steamed asparagus, raw broccoli, snap peas, green peas, green olives, green bell pepper, sliced green apples and green onions.
~Some things to try for an orange salad? Orange bell peppers, carrots, sliced oranges, mandarins or tangerines, orange hued tomatoes.
~Going for a red? Red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red apples, red radishes.


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