This unusual salad ties together earthy greens, sweet-tart cranberries, smoky cheese and crunchy croutons with a spicy-sweet dressing. Baby chard and beet greens have bright-colored ribs and veins, which give this salad a beautiful look. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2009

Ellen Ecker Ogden
Advertisement

Ingredients

Vinaigrette

Croutons

Salad

Directions

  • To prepare vinaigrette: Heat mustard seeds, coriander and cumin in a small dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add carrot juice and simmer over medium heat until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.

    Advertisement
  • Place raisins in a blender and add the hot juice. Let stand for 5 minutes to plump the raisins. Then add vinegar, cilantro, yogurt, honey, crushed red pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and blend until combined. Pour in 1/4 cup oil and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.

  • To prepare croutons: Preheat oven to 375 degrees 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, 12 to 15 minutes.

  • To prepare salad: Season a wooden salad bowl by rubbing with garlic and pinch of salt. Chop the garlic and add to the bowl along with greens. Pour 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette over the greens. (Cover and refrigerate the remaining 1/2 cup vinaigrette for up to 3 days.) Sprinkle the salad with cranberries, cheese and the croutons; toss and serve.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the vinaigrette (Steps 1 & 2) for up to 3 days.

Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

184 calories; 10.6 g total fat; 2.2 g saturated fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 242 mg sodium. 178 mg potassium; 18.9 g carbohydrates; 2.3 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 4.4 g protein; 2655 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 12 mcg folate; 88 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 25 mg magnesium;

Reviews