Hoppin’ Pear Salad

May 27 2015

Spring is in the air! Try this fun twist on pears that will delight every bunny in your family!

Recipe adapted from foodhero.org

 Serves 4

Dietitian's Tip: 

Pears are loaded with fiber and vitamin C, while cottage cheese provides protein and calcium. What a great combo! Try this fun salad as a side dish or snack. To make a complete DASH meal, add an entrée and a glass of milk. 

Ingredients: 

• 2 cups shredded lettuce or spinach
• 4 pear halves, fresh or canned
• 1⁄2 cup cottage cheese
• 8 pieces sliced almonds
• 12 raisins 

Preparation: 

1. Place about 1/2 cup shredded lettuce on each plate.
2. Place one pear half on the lettuce, cut side faced down.
3. On the narrower end of each pear, make a rabbit face: Poke two pieces of sliced almonds into the pear to make ears. Arrange two raisins for eyes and one for the nose.
4. Place 2 Tablespoons of cottage cheese at the opposite end of each pear half to make a tail.

Notes:
• Optional: Add a miniature carrot or two for the bunnies to snack on.
• Look in the bulk food section of the store to buy only the amount you need of raisins or sliced almonds.  

Nutrition Information: 

Serving size = one bunny. Per serving: 90 calories, 1 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 17 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 4 g fiber, 115 mg sodium, 210 mg potassium, 15 mg magnesium, 38 mg calcium