Refreshing Leafy Salad with Melon, Pistachios, Cheese, Cranberries and a Light Citrus Garlic Dressing

A Perfect Summer Salad!  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Salad Ingredients

 

2 cups, assorted baby lettuce, shredded, approximately 5-6 ounces

2 cups, baby spinach, shredded

2 small to medium cucumbers, peeled

1/2 cup very fresh mozzarella, cubed

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup pistachios

1/4 of a melon (you decide), cut bite-size

 

Dressing Ingredients

2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil

1 or 2 fresh garlic cloves, squeezed

Juice from 1/2 of an Orange

Juice from 1/2 of a Lemon

Pinch salt

Pinch black pepper

Pinch chili flakes

 

Fresh summer ingredients.  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Ingredients getting cut up. Notice how little dressing is needed. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

Make enough; this salad will go fast!  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

This meal was a delicious low calorie comfort food fest with some of our favorite dishes. First we clinked our glasses of chilled Vice chardonnay, just because we were enjoying being lazy, this weekend.

 

The recipe above was the first course and a delicious change from our usual tomato/avocado salad. Then we had eggplant parmesan, a recipe that was shared on this newsletter, long ago. Easy to prepare, simple but good, baked garlic-y mini red potatoes. For dessert, home-made black bean brownies with cool whip on top.

 

A treat for New Yorkers was not only a second Tosca at the MetOpera, but the amazingly beautiful voice of soprano Anna Netrebko, singing with her husband, Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov.

 

Below is Netrebko singing one of the most sublime arias ever written.  Each time I hear it, I tear up. I’ve heard all the great sopranos sing Vissi d’Arte and IMO, this is the best recording.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnMMXfr8FZc

Anna Netrebko – Vissi d’arte (Tosca, Act 2) by Giocomo Puccini

 

This long weekend was good for us and we hope for you also.

 

Icy Stag’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc   ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

 

From Our Table to Yours!

Bon Appetit!

 

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