A distinctive blend of seasonal flavors that can easily be modified to suit your taste. The is a delicious lunch or dinner salad.
5 oz. (12 cups) fresh salad greens (spring mix and baby spinach are good combination)
1/3 c. toasted pepitas*
1-2 pears, thinly sliced**
1/3 c. chopped dried figs
3-4 oz. Boursin cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup Maple Walnut Vinaigrette (for recipe, go to www.TheYummyLife.com/recipes/38)
Put greens in large bowl. Add vinaigrette and toss until greens are well coated. Add pears, figs, and pepitas and lightly toss. Sprinkle cheese on top and serve. Variations: --Substitute apples for pears. --Substitute sunflower seeds, walnuts, or pecans for pepitas. --Substitute blue, Gorgonzola or goat cheese for Boursin. --Substitute another dried fruit for the figs (cranberries, blueberries, cherries) --Top with grilled chicken and/or crumbled bacon.
*To toast pepitas, spread in a single layer on baking sheet, lightly spray with canola spray, sprinkle with kosher salt, bake at 350 degrees for 10 min, or until golden. **For tips on preventing pear slices from browning, go to www.theyummylife.com/blog/2010/10/67