Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pear, Avocado and Blue Cheese Salad




This really has nothing to do with anything (and I will get to today's recipe in a few minutes...), except that it seems to be all anyone talks about lately...  I'm starting to think I must be one of the last people on earth who has no idea what Angry Birds is all about.  Can anyone explain to me the appeal of playing a game where you launch birds at pigs?  Not having grown up playing many video games, I guess I have little patience for the whole business to begin with, since I've seen how gaming sucks people in, never to be heard from for weeks, until they emerge from their homes, bleary-eyed, unshowered, wondering what the rest of the planet has been up to while they've been glued to their computers and Xboxes.

We've moved on with our lives, people.

I'm also one of the few people who has yet to own an iPhone (not that I don't want one, I DO, I'm just trying to factor in the cost to my budget of upgrading from my old Nokia flip phone which does little more than make calls and send texts).  The only video/computer game I remember playing as a kid was Lemmings, which we had loaded onto our very primitive computer at the time.  Maybe I liked it because it used some math and critical thinking skills, and math was actually one of my favorite subjects through high school.

Yeah, I was kind of a dork.  And I was in choir and band, too, which actually wasn't considered geeky at my school since it was such a small school, and it was pretty much the only elective activity there was to participate in.  Plus, I played drums, which I thought made me super cool at the time.  But really it didn't.  I don't think I escaped from that awkward phase of life until my early twenties.

Anyway, as dumb as I think the game sounds - about as ridiculous as Farmville - I kind of wish I'd thought of it.  There's so much money-making potential out there for software and computer geeks - I'm sure their high school friends aren't making fun of them now! :)






Lately I've shared lots of sweet treats with you all, since I love to bake for the holidays, but I've got to have my fruit and veggies, too.  Also, I try to balance out my posts on baking and sweet things with savory dishes as well so that I don't send you all into sugar overload!

Since I'm getting to the gym so infrequently lately, I bought a couple of exercise DVDs to work out to - and although they are still in their plastic, I have very good intentions of using them very soon!  My body will thank me.  We made this salad last week for a light dinner, and even though it's just a salad, it has so many delicious and filling elements that it was completely satisfying as a meal.

The avocado, blue cheese and egg give it the protein needed to fill you up - the addition of some grilled chicken would make it even better.  And the fresh pears and blueberries are a refreshing and light touch.  We never buy salad dressing since it's so easy and quick to mix something up, or to just drizzle a little oil and vinegar over the vegetables.  Blue cheese can be pretty strong, and sometimes takes over a dish, but we found a really nice, slightly mild Gorgonzola at our grocery store that didn't overpower the other ingredients.  And if blue cheese isn't your thing, then just use whatever you like.

I'm curious...  when you have a healthy dinner, does it make you feel justified in following it up with something sweet and bad for you, or does it make you more determined to resist dessert?








Pear, Avocado and Blue Cheese Salad
printable recipe

  • 2 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 medium ripe pear, or two small pears, cored and sliced
  • 2 ounces blue or Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 eggs, poached or soft-boiled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch of paprika

Arrange the salad greens on two plates and top with the pears, cheese, blueberries, avocado and eggs.  Drizzle with the olive oil and white wine vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.  Add a sprinkling of paprika.

Yields 2 servings.