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Leafy Greek Salad with Marinated Almonds

Leafy Greek Salad with Marinated Almonds

This salad is one of those recipes that really fills the hunger void, tastes like you spent time on it but actually requires very little time or effort. And it represents the new (or at least current) me. My almost 7-month-old is everything you could ask for in a baby, except for the fact that she is taking an extended sleeping hiatus.

Leafy Greek Salad with Marinated Almonds

She is fine with it, not grumpy or eye-rubby (unlike myself who looks like a (suntanned) 175-year-dead zombie these days). But no matter how sleepy she is going down, every time I put her into her crib to sleep, day or night, she opens her eyes, smiles so big her face looks like it’s going to turn inside out and then she does the horizontal running man. It’s so cute, it makes me laugh every time, even though I’m crying (and very possibly sleeping) inside.

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Green Salad with Papaya and Avocado

Green Salad with Papaya and Avocado

It didn’t matter what we were having for dinner, growing up, there was always salad on the table. This was before pre-washed, boxed lettuces were as common, so the base was usually leaf lettuce or fresh spinach with green onions sometimes fruit sometimes tomatoes, cucumbers or peppers, sometimes a bit of goat cheese or pine nuts and always lots of lemon juice.

Green Salad with Papaya and Avocado

We were really lucky. It meant that we got our greens every day in a world before green smoothies, green supplements, or even kale, as we know it now, anyway. It also meant that we learned to crave fresh veggies from a young age. This didn’t mean we weren’t hitting up the candy store, the DQ or eating pizza pockets on some soccer practice nights, but it was all balanced out most nights of the week.

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