We're back from our visit to Grandma and Papa's house, which always is a treat. They live right on the water, and their home looks out on the water from almost every room. Something about looking out over the water instantly relaxes and renews me. I wouldn't call the drive to and from the East Coast relaxing and renewing, but the boys did relatively well and we're ready to start a new week.
Perhaps it is because I had some good time to myself over the weekend, but I thought I would share a favorite salad that is geared more toward adults than children. I know you probably came to familyeducation.com to gather some sort of great parenting gem or family-friendly tip, but this salad is all grown-up. And isn't taking care of yourself a key part of being a good parent?
I created this simple and easily-adaptable-to-what-you-have-on-hand salad during a rare solitary lunch time. I love beets, and when paired with the nectarine and other components, the result is pure salad bliss. Yes, I used "salad" and "bliss" in the same sentence.
Beet, Nectarine and Walnut Salad
A couple handfuls of Spring Greens
1 large beet, roasted, peeled, and sliced
1 nectarine (or peach, plum, apricot) sliced
1/4 cup walnut (or pecans, almonds, cashews) pieces
1 ounce goat cheese, crumbled
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh parsley (or basil, mint), chopped roughly
salt and pepper to taste
On a large plate arrange the greens, and then top with the beets, nectarine, walnuts and goat cheese. Drizzle balsamic vinegar and olive oil on top. Sprinkle with parsley. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, if desired.