In this springtime salad, dandelion greens (or spinach, if you prefer) are tossed with a warm roasted garlic dressing, tangy goat cheese and toasted pine nuts for melt-in-your-mouth results. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2008

Ellen Ecker Ogden
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Ingredients

Roasted Garlic Dressing

Salad

Directions

  • To prepare dressing: Squeeze roasted garlic pulp into a blender or food processor (discard the skins). Add oil, vinegar, lime juice, salt and pepper and blend or process until smooth.

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  • To prepare salad: Transfer the dressing to a small saucepan and place over medium heat until warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Add shallot and simmer until the shallot is softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Place dandelion greens (or spinach) in a large salad bowl. Pour the warm dressing over the greens and toss until they are wilted and coated. Add pine nuts and goat cheese and toss again, slightly melting the cheese with the warm greens. Season with pepper.

Tips

How To Roast Garlic Rub off the excess papery skin from 1 large head of garlic without separating the cloves. Slice the tip off the head, exposing the ends of the cloves. Place the garlic on a piece of foil, drizzle with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and wrap into a package. Bake at 400°F in a small baking dish until the garlic is very soft, 40 minutes to 1 hour. Unwrap and let cool slightly before using.

Tip: To toast chopped, small or sliced nuts, cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

254 calories; 21.6 g total fat; 4.3 g saturated fat; 7 mg cholesterol; 201 mg sodium. 445 mg potassium; 11.9 g carbohydrates; 3.3 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 6.2 g protein; 8594 IU vitamin a iu; 30 mg vitamin c; 29 mcg folate; 179 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 55 mg magnesium;

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