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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Salad Sunday- Margherita Salad

This salad takes its inspiration from the Margherita pizza. I had Margherita pizza on a trip to Rome a few years ago. It is a really simple pizza, just a crust, tomato sauce and fresh sliced mozzarella cheese.  I got my first tomatoes out of my garden, and I have pots of fresh basil just begging to be used.

 I’ve put my herbs in pots this year so I can take them indoors to my sunroom when the weather turns cold. Then I’ll have fresh herbs for cooking all winter.

Margherita Salad

10 medium Roma tomatoes, sliced
½ cup onion, chopped
1 package, 8 ounces, fresh mozzarella cheese pearls

½ cup fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup sun dried tomatoes
¾ cup olive oil
½ cup white wine vinegar
1/3 cup slivered or sliced almonds
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 bag kale or kale salad mixture

Place tomatoes, cheese and onions in a salad bowl.
Place the basil, garlic, and tomatoes in a blender.  Add almonds and cheese.  Drizzle in olive oil and add vinegar.  Pulse in blender on high speed for one minute.  Pour over tomatoes mixture.

Serves 4


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  She was the 2012 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division. In 2013 she qualified as a member of the Team USA Duathlon Team and was eligible to compete in 2014 at the Age Group World Duathlon Sprint Championship in Pontevedre Spain.  She chose instead to represent the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 152 members in 30 states. We also have members in Australia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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