For a sophisticated starter, try this colorful salad, which marries fresh berries, caramelized nuts and tangy feta cheese. Pureed berries form the base of the dressing, giving it a velvety texture and rich flavor.
|Prep Time:||25 minutes|
|Ready in:||25 minutes|
|Yield:||4 servings, 2 1/2 cups each|
|Ease of Prep:||Easy|
|1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil|
|1 teaspoon honey|
|1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts or walnuts|
|1/3 cup raspberries , blackberries and/or blueberries|
|2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil|
|1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar|
|1 tablespoon water|
|1 teaspoon Dijon mustard|
|1 small clove garlic , crushed and peeled|
|1/2 teaspoon honey|
|1/8 teaspoon salt , or to taste|
|Freshly ground pepper to taste|
|2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots|
|10 cups mesclun salad greens (about 8 ounces)|
|1 cup blackberries, raspberries and/or blueberries|
|1/2 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese (4 ounces)|
- To prepare nuts: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a small baking dish with cooking spray. Combine oil and honey in a small bowl. Add nuts and toss to coat. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and bake, stirring from time to time, until golden, 10 to 14 minutes. Let cool completely.
- To prepare dressing: Combine berries, oil, vinegar, water, mustard, garlic, honey, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in shallots.
- To prepare salad: Just before serving, place greens in a large bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the greens and toss to coat. Divide the salad among 4 plates. Scatter berries, cheese and the glazed nuts over each salad; serve immediately.
Cover and refrigerate the dresing (Step 2) for up to 2 days.
Health Advantages: low calorie, low carb, high fiber, low cholesterol, low sodium, high potassium, high calcium, diabetes appropriate.
|Servings Per Recipe: 4|
|Amount Per serving|
|Calories:||232 cal||Carbohydrate Servings:||1/2|
|Carbohydrates:||15 g||Dietary Fiber:||6 g||Cholesterol:||17 mg|
|Fat:||17 g||Sodium:||349 mg||Saturated Fat:||4 g|
|Protein:||7 g||Potassium:||596 mg||Monounsaturated Fat:||10 g|
|Nutrition Bonus:||Vitamin A (80% daily value), Vitamin C (60% dv), Calcium (20% dv).|
|Exchanges:||2 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat, 2 fat|