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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Salad Sunday- Italian Green Bean Salad

 Today's salad is my own creation. I like going to the farmers market and picking what appeals to me and then create recipe out of the ingredients. This recipe features some of the things I picked up on a recent visit to the Madison Farmer's market on Capitol Square.

I served this with orange pepper coated grilled pork chops and mac and cheese.

Italian Green Bean Salad

½ lb fresh green beans
½ pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 bunch green onions
6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese

Pesto Dressing
1 cup olive oil
½ cup white wine balsamic vinegar
1 cup fresh basil leaves
½ cup fresh oregano leaves, stems removed

Trim ends from green beans, wash and cut into bit size pieces.
Bring water to a boil. While waiting for water, slice onions and place in a salad bowl.
Add tomatoes.  When water boils add green beans and blanch for 2 minutes.
Strain and run cold water over the beans to stop the cooking. Add to the salad bowl.
Prepare dressing by placing oil and vinegar into blender.  Add basil and oregano.
Blend on high for 30 seconds.  Pour over the vegetables to coat. Cut the cheese into small pieces. Add to the salad and mix until covered with the dressing.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

4 servings


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

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 165 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, England 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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