I Suwannee it took me forevah to find this thread! The most difficult time of the year for me are the 'Dog Days of Summer' as noted in the southern U.S. The thought of turning on my oven ( except for slight broiling ) despite air conditioning is horrifying: it invites the humidity from outdoors in to play.
Thus, I am constantly seeking new and exciting salads etc. I found one I absolutely LOVE, and it's become a staple in my fridge now. It's refreshing, healthy, and SO delicious! Walnut Poppyseed Fruit Salad
: Two ripe pears
( chopped ) ( I've tried Bosque and Bartlett, but recommend Anjou ) Two cups seedless grapes
( halved ) One cup Walnuts
( chopped ) Dressing
: Two T Lemon Yogurt
( I use Qui - non GMO ) Two T Mayo
( I omit now but did initially try, thus I now use 4 T of lemon yogurt )
Two T Poppy seeds ( organic if possible ) Directions:
Mix fruit and walnuts in one bowl and dressing ingredients in another. Combine and chill for best results. I use Jacob's Pita bread. I have various sides; however, today I chose a broiled pear salad with walnuts and bleu cheese and fresh watermelon.
I'm telling you, if you love fruit this salad is for you. Very filling, but leaves you light and refreshed. Also. . .its fun to play with! You can add, substitute according to taste.
Edit: and if you're worried about protein, don't. As a vegetarian I keep track of that:
—1 cup fruit salad: 6 grams
—Josephs Pita ( I stuff one side in the other so I'm eating a whole filled with only half the salad ): 6 grams
—Walnut Bleu Cheese salad: 17 grams
—Watermelon: 1 gram
—Roasted pear with bleu cheese and walnuts: 6 grams Total protein: 36 grams
oOPS! Edit again: Poppy seeds. Unfortunately poppy seeds have 0 protein; however, on the flip side of the
seed, they also have 0 carbs, fat, cholesterol and saturated fat. But don't underestimate the health values of these things. . .they're enormous!