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Baby Greens with Mediterranean Vinaigrette

 
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This is such a flavorful salad, the vinaigrette brings all the flavors together, and the spinach, dried cranberries and cheddar cheese are perfectly delicious with this tasty dressing.

Yield

4

servings

Prep

20

min

Cook

15

min

Ready

45

min

Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Low Carb
 

Ingredients

For the vinaigrette:
½ teaspoon mustard seeds, black
¼ teaspoon coriander
ground
*
teaspoon cumin
ground
*
½ cup carrot juice
*
2 tablespoons golden raisins
seedless
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
4 each cilantro
sprigs, fresh
*
1 tablespoon yogurt, plain
nonfat
1 teaspoon honey
1 ½ teaspoons red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon salt
1 x black pepper
freshly ground to taste
*
¼ cup olive oil
For the croutons:
1 ½ cups whole wheat bread
cubed
*
1 tablespoon olive oil
For the salad:
½ small garlic cloves
*
1 pinch salt
*
4 cups baby spinach
baby beet greens or baby chard
*
¼ cup cranberries, dried
*
¼ cup cheddar cheese
shredded, prefer smoked

Directions

For the vinaigrette:

Heat mustard seeds, coriander and cumin in a small dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

Stir in carrot juice and simmer over medium heat until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.

Put raisins in a blender and add the hot juice.

Let stand for 5 minutes to plump the raisins.

Then put in vinegar, cilantro, yogurt, honey, crushed red pepper, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper and blend until combined.

Pour in ¼ cup oil and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.

For the croutons:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Toss bread and 1 tablespoon oil in a medium bowl until well combined.

Spread in a single layer on a large baking sheet.

Bake, stirring once, until golden and crisp, about 14 minutes.

For the salad:

Season a salad bowl by rubbing with garlic.

Chop the garlic and add to the bowl along with greens.

Pour ¼ cup of the vinaigrette over the greens. (Cover and refrigerate the remaining ½ cup vinaigrette for up to 3 days.)

Sprinkle the salad with cranberries, cheese and the croutons, toss and serve.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 43g (1.5 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 20186% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 30%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Sugars g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 6% Iron 2%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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