Lentil + Pear Salad

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So it turns out I am a trivia prodigy.

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I don’t look like much, but this noggin is jam packed with nothing but useless facts.

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At first, I was nervous to join my dad’s trivia team last because I felt a bit rusty. I haven’t really had to exercise the cortices of my brain that house this type of knowledge.

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But once I got going, I just started slinging answers left & right. I know that the U.S. won the 2011 yacht club championships (I am elite). I know that Norfolk, VA is home to the largest naval base in the U.S (Excellent military wife right here). I know that the Memphis airport handles more cargo than any other southern city (I would have been kicked out for answering this incorrectly). I am simply a trivia STAR! Among my many other talents.

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But I must admit I didn’t know that Gouda was from the Netherlands & for that I feel like I must shut down this food blog.

 

 

Time: 30 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 cups of packed spinach leaves
  • 1 cup of green lentils
  • 2 pears, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1.4 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup of feta cheese
  • S+P, to taste
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette, for serving

How to:

  • Cook lentils according to package directions, drain + set aside
  • Toast walnuts in a skillet over low heat for 4-5 minutes
  • In a bowl, combine spinach + lentils + pears + walnuts + cranberries + feta + S+P + some vinaigrette
  • Serve room temp or chilled
  • Shove literally all of this in your mouth it is guilt free
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17 thoughts on “Lentil + Pear Salad

  1. lindaravello says:

    Eeek – you are SO on my wavelength – I have just posted a ‘non lasagne, lasagne’ with green lentils replacing half (or all!) the meat.
    And my next post will be a walnut and Cranberry salad – shame we’re on different continents – I can see us opening a resto…….I am a bit behind reading post, so sorry if I have missed some of yours as I had no net for almost three weeks!

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    • Rachel says:

      Ughhhh yes!!! I need to do your lentil lasagna. What a great idea.

      & ummm I’d love to open a resto with ya! If we’re ever in each other’s neck of the woods, we simply must whip up some things together!

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      • lindaravello says:

        OH my – that wold be great fun, you and me in lentil heaven – they eat a lot of ‘Puy’ (green) lentils here in France, and little black ones too, that I am on the lookout for recipes with. I have a really interesting veggie moussaka coming up in a couple of weeks when I get back to the UK to test it on my daughter xx

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  2. Linda says:

    Sounds tasty Ms Trivia Queen!! And NO, you cannot shut down this blog just ’cause you didn’t know Gouda was named after a town in the Netherlands!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Your punishment now is to make something with Gouda and to blog it with it’s history!! (And that’s more trivia for us to learn!) 🙂 🙂

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