That which I planted within myself during winter, begins to surface and it wants to come forth and bloom with the approach of spring.
The beginning of spring is March 21st, also known as the Spring Equinox, when night and day are equal.
I feel a spark this spring and it fills me with inspiration and energy to act upon my ideas that grew during the winter.
I’m taking a look at my life and making new plans…..what do I want to clear out from my environment and within myself? Nature and I will flourish within this season.
Eating is a significant part of a healthy lifestyle. This salad is a nourishing way to begin spring cleaning the body, mind and spirit.
Spring Cleaning Salad
1 pound whole wheat penne pasta, cooked and drained
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, coarsely chopped
2 cups fresh spinach, washed and shredded
1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and cut into cubes
1 medium red onion, thinly slices
1/3 cup kalamata olives, drained and pitted
1 bunch of asparagus, steamed til tender
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
Freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, optional garnish
1. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, rinse under cold running water, and drain again.
2. Place cooked pasta in a large salad bowl and add the other salad ingredients.
3. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients until thickened. Pour dressing over salad, tossing gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.
Serves 6 to 8.