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Hearty Holiday Salad

Contributed by: NAPSA

Canned Pears Help Turn Holiday Leftovers Into Holiday Makeovers (NAPSA) - The holidays are a fun and exciting time, but they can also be extremely stressful. One of the major ways to stress a body is by not feeding it properly. It's easy to do if you have worked a full day then gone straight to the stores for gift shopping. By the time you get home, you're likely too exhausted to think about cooking a meal.

One solution is to have something on hand that is quick to prepare and full of nutrition. A hearty soup containing healthy amounts of the major food groups is a great way to get everything you need in one meal.

A quick tour of your pantry should reveal everything you need, especially if you have a supply of canned pears from the Pacific Northwest, along with some low-salt canned chicken broth and a can of evaporated skim milk. Add a few more fresh ingredients, a crisp green salad, some nice crusty rolls and you've got just the thing a tired shopper needs after a hard day at the mall.

The following "post-shopping pick-me-up" recipe is a great way to meet your nutritional needs while using up some of those holiday leftovers.


  • 4 cups mixed salad greens, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can (16 oz.) sliced pears in juice, drained (reserve juice)
  • 3/4 lb. cooked white turkey meat, cut into 1/4-inch thick strips


  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce, jellied or whole berry
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. reserved pear juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a large bowl, combine greens, pears and turkey; toss gently. In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients; mix until well-blended. Drizzle dressing evenly over salad right before serving.

Nutritional Information: Nutrients per serving: Calories: 303; Protein: 27g; Carbohydrates: 23.5g; Dietary Fiber: 2.75g; Fat Total: 11.5g; Cholesterol: 72.9mg; Sodium: 204mg; Calories From Fat: 34 percent.

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