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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Salad Sunday- Zucchini Pear Salad

Summer is winding down, but fresh garden produce is still plentiful.  I used a special tool to create the spirals used in this recipe.

I got this one on Amazon.  You can use spiral sliced zucchini instead of pasta. A great way to use all that zuchini that in everyone's gardens.  Fresh zuchini makes a pretty and tasty salad. The pears, pomegranates and zucchini all compliment each other very well. I kept the dressing very simple as well.  The pumpkin seeds add a nice salty crunch. Add them right before serving.

Zucchini Pear Salad
2 small green zucchini
1 small yellow zucchini
1 medium pomegranate, seeds removed and set aside.
1 green Pear ( hard and green)
¼ cup pumpkin seeds (Roasted and salted)

Juice of one lime
1 sprig rosemary
Zest of one lime
4 tablespoons olive oil

Use a spiral slicer to create long noodles from all three zucchini. Put into large salad bowl.  Chop pear into bite size pieces.  Add the pear and pomegranate seeds to the zucchini mixture.  Make the dressing by adding all the dressing ingredients to a bowl and stir until blended.  Pour dressing over vegetable mixture. Top with the pumpkin seeds.
Makes 4 servings

Author competing for Team USA PATCO Dallas

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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