Salads are wonderful in summer with so many fresh fruits and vegetables available. There are many variations on the salad theme, but I particularly like the use of peaches in this recipe. And, it only takes a minute to whisk up your own homemade dressing with ingredients you have on hand. Make the dressing ahead if there's time so the flavors will blend.
Summertime Peach Salad
8 cups baby spinach, stems removed and leaves torn
2 fresh peaches, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup peeled and chopped cucumber
3 tablespoons crumbled lowfat Feta cheese (1 ounce)
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
2 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash freshly ground black pepper
Tear spinach leaves into bite-size pieces and place in salad bowl. Add peaches, cucumber, Feta, cranberries, and pecans. In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and toss. Makes 2 large servings, 4 points plus and 245 calories each.
Note: Make this salad a meal by adding protein such as cooked chicken, shrimp, or beans. Change it by substituting goat cheese or a blue cheese for the Feta. Walnuts could replace the pecans, and balsamic vinegar could replace the red wine vinegar.