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Rocco's Mixed Green Salad with Fennel-Tarragon Dressing

A Great Green Salad That Tastes Great

Roccos Mixed Green Salad with Fennel-Tarragon Dressing
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Servings:4
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

A great green salad has always been a staple on my restaurant menus and on my table at home. The combination of Dijon mustard, good-quality vinegar and olive oil gives tender green leaves their raison d'etre. There is no olive oil in this dressing and it still tastes great.

I kept the Dijon mustard in the mix because it's very low in fat -- and because few ingredients can pack a punch like Dijon mustard. Yogurt, lemon juice and aromatics like tarragon and fennel round out the dressing.

You'll never again eat a green dressed with artificial-tasting, gloppy, low- fat dressing.

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • 1 small fennel bulb, cored and roughly chopped 8 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh tarragon, whole leaves
  • Salad:
  • One 7-ounce package (8 cups) green-leaf lettuce mix, such as Ready Pac Parisian
  • 8 large radishes, sliced thin
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 small cucumber, cut in half lengthwise and sliced into half-moons
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking Directions

    To prepare the dressing, combine the fennel, garlic and water in a medium microwave-safe bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and microwave on high until the vegetables are completely tender, about 8 minutes.

    In a blender, combine the cooked fennel and garlic, any remaining juices and the lemon juice. Puree the mixture until it is smooth. Let the puree cool slightly, still in the blender. Then add the mustard, yogurt, and tarragon, and puree until smooth. Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste; chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.

    To prepare the salad, in a large bowl, combine the greens, radishes, tomatoes, red onion, and cucumber. Toss the salad with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

    NOW YOU CAN EAT THIS!

    Before After

    Fat 27g 3.1g

    Calories 350 119

    Protein: 4g

    Carbohydrates: 19g

    Cholesterol: 8mg

    Fiber: 5g

    Sodium: 638mg

    Food styled by Karen Pickus.


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