The Always Pre-Peared Salad

I admire my mother-in-law for many reasons. She has a genuine heart, is unconditionally generous, is devoted to her family, a very organized and tidy housekeeper and a really amazing cook. She is always prepared for any need her family may have.

I would say that her way in the kitchen a good representation about how all the little things lead up to something bigger and better. She has an array of very simple recipes, using a short ingredient list that are always as nutritious and as they are tasty.  She also has that skill of coming up with a meal based on what is on hand in her home without having to run to the store. This waste-not-want-not approach is a throwback to simpler, efficient days. It’s really admirable.

So, yesterday we had a last minute brunch, celebrating family that was in town. With just an overnight to plan, we all came together to create a big ole feast for one last hurrah with all the kids in town. My mother in law brought the most simple yet yummy salad that I found myself camped by it picking at it as if it were a dessert.  She said she just put together whatever she had in the fridge.

And today I woke up craving her salad and I had to recreate it. I named it the “Always Pre-Peared Salad” because no matter what the call, she is prepared for anything for her family.

The Always Pre-Peared Salad

  • 3 cups mixed greens
  • 1/2 a pear, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • Handful blueberries
  • 1 – 2 tb. Balsamic Vinegar

Spread mixed greens evenly on a platter, layer pear slices, crumbled goat cheese and top with blue berries. Prior to serving, sprinkle balsamic vinegar lightly over salad. 


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