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I’m at a family reunion this weekend — lots of family, food and  fun, silliness, catching up on happenings in each other’s lives and many memories in the making.  My mom’s family has been having these get togethers for decades and they have been woven through the lives of scores of people.  The ties that bind  also broaden our horizons as we listen to different experiences and viewpoints.  Thank you for being a part of the A Pinch of Joy family as you come by each week to leave a link to your latest post!

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Beef and Pear Salad with honey mustard dressing

Pear and Steak Salad with honey mustard dressing -- A Pinch of Joy

Pear and Steak Salad with honey mustard dressing -- A Pinch of Joy

Sometimes we look at a recipe, like Pear and Beef Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing, and think “I can’t use that.  It serves four and I am cooking for two.”  Or  “This is too spicy for my family”.  Or even, “this combination is weird!” – which usually actually means “ I’ve not had this before”.  Don’t turn the page or click away too soon however!  You’ll miss some good eatin’, if you do!   Instead think of ways you can make it fit your situation and tastebuds.

I cook for three people, two with pretty big appetites.  To make this fit my family, I use only half of some of the salad ingredients, but I leave the amount of meat and the dressing the same.  One third of a bag of baby greens each is just about right for our appetites.  Dried cranberries are high carb so we only need a few for color.  The cheese provides additional protein so I usually use the full amount and the same with the walnuts, which are also healthy.  I don’t eat a lot of meat at any one time, so by the time I take my palm sized piece (about 4 ounces), the guys have about a pound of steak to divide between them.  That makes them really happy. (Although I can and do buy smaller steaks, too.)    I am wimpy when it comes to tart or spicy flavors so I usually opt for no dressing or a light raspberry vinagerette or even a creamy yogurt dressing.  The guys LOVE this mustard dressing drizzled across the meat and over the salad.  Everybody gets a balanced meal with flavors they like and will leave the table full and happy.  It can pay to be adventurous and flexible!

And as for combinations that seem weird – I couldn’t quite imagine hearty beef with delicate spring greens and pears.  It really helps to watch the temperature of the meat as it grills so it does not overcook and become tough.   The tender beef  plays off the greens and pears in a perfect combination!  Makes a great summer meal by itself.  Add a crusty roll, if you like. Adapt the recipe,  if you need. Go ahead, make this.   Betcha like it!

Original recipe from Dinner is Solved at HyVee.

Beef and Pear Salad with honey mustard dressing
 
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The tender beef plays off the delicate greens and pears in a perfect combination with a zip of mustard!
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ pound sirloin steak
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 5 ounce bags baby salad greens
  • 2 medium pears, cored and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbles
Honey Mustard Dressing
  • ½ cup prepared honey mustard
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle pepper over sirloin and grill over medium heat for about 10 minutes, turning after five minutes until medium done. OR use a countertop grill. Medium doneness is achieved at 160 degrees.
  2. In small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  3. Divide salad greens among 4 serving plates. Top with pears, nuts, cranberries and cheese.
  4. When steak is done, let it rest a couple of minutes before slicing across the grain in thin slices.
  5. Drizzle with dressing.

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We attended a birthday party for a little princess yesterday.  She was turning three and mommy made a pretty pink cake with white polka dots — just like I wanted, the princess said.  Everybody should get something just the way they want it, once in a while!  Thank you for stopping by each week to share the things that turn out just the way you wanted — or  that don’t turn out at all as expected.

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