I’m so bored with “winter foods” and would love a great-tasting, “main-dish” salad. Any ideas?

Dale asked Lauren:

Dear Lauren,

Not sure about you but, by this time of the year (February), I’m so bored with cold weather foods! All the stews, soups and pasta dishes are definitely hearty but I’m truly dying for a great main-dish salad to serve, either for a healthy weeknight meal or something great-tasting and substantial, when entertaining. I thought (hoping) you might have a recipe you’d like to share. Thanks so much!

Lauren says:

Although I’m truly “one of those” that never seems to get tired of pasta, stews and soups (and often have vats of simmering concoctions “blipping” away on the stove, even in July), I do have a recipe for a fabulous main-dish salad that features tender greens, tossed with “year-round” fruits, cubed creamy (and totally dreamy) Dolcelatte dolce, a fabulous type of gorgonzola cheese and toasted nuts. To augment this, making it more substantial, thus appropriate as a “main-dish” dinnertime salad, I serve this salad with sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts that, during the colder months I grill inside, using a stove-top grill pan. This salad, labeled Tender Greens with Pears, Apples, Grapes, Pan-Toasted Walnuts and Gorgonzola Cheese, with Grilled Chicken, has been deemed a real winner to anyone I’ve served it to. So I hope you’ll serve it too, with pride, to your most favorite people.

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