I just got this recipe by email from our departmental Wellness Committee, and it sounds so delicious, I thought I'd share it with y'all...
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, dark green and orange fruits such as cantaloupe, kiwi, mango, and oranges are particularly rich in phytochemicals such as lutein and beta-carotene; red fruits such as pomegranate contain phytochemicals like lycopene and anthocyanins. These phytochemicals provide a protective benefit from cancer.
Whether or not they’re beneficial, the ingredients in the recipe below combine to make a light and refreshing salad for hot summer days.
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. olive oil
½ tsp. Dijon mustard
2 medium bunches arugula, rinsed well and thick stems removed
2 firm but ripe pears, halved, cored and each cut into 6 wedges
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
1/3 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped (optional)
½ cup pomegranate seeds (from 1 medium pomegranate)
18 rinsed and dried leaves of Bostan, Bibb, or green-leaf lettuce (optional)
In small bowl, whisk together lime juice, oil and mustard. In salad bowl, place arugula and pears. Toss with just enough dressing to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with feta, pecans (if using), and pomegranate seeds, and serve. Serves 6.
Per serving: 92 calories, 5 g. total diet fat (less than 1 g. saturated fat), 14 g. carbohydrate, less than 1 g. protein, 2 g. dietary fibre, 9 mg. sodium.
For more information on cancer prevention, visit Nova Scotia’s page at www.cancer.ca and click on Prevention (at the top of the page).