Piquant greens, such as mizuna and red mustard, are mellowed with a sweet-and-savory dressing that includes a whole head of roasted garlic. Add a skewer of grilled shrimp or teriyaki beef to make it a main course. To soften the leaves, heat the dressing just before serving and pour over the greens.

Ellen Ecker Ogden

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Ingredients

Dressing
Salad

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare dressing: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

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  • Rub excess papery skin off garlic head without separating cloves. Slice the tip off, exposing the ends of the cloves. Place the garlic head on a piece of foil, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and wrap into a package. Put in a baking dish and bake until the garlic is very soft, 40 minutes to 1 hour. Unwrap and let cool slightly. Increase oven temperature to 450F.

  • Squeeze the garlic pulp into a blender or food processor (discard the skins). Add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, ginger, sesame oil and soy sauce; blend or process until smooth. Season with pepper.

  • To prepare salad: Toss asparagus with 2 teaspoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring once halfway through, until tender and browned, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, season a wooden salad bowl by rubbing with 1/2 clove garlic and a pinch of salt. Chop the garlic and add to the bowl along with all the greens. (If leaves are large, tear them into bite-size pieces first.) Pour 1/4 cup of the dressing over the greens. (Cover and refrigerate the remaining 1/2 cup dressing for up to 3 days.) Sprinkle the salad with sesame seeds and the asparagus; toss and serve.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the dressing for up to 3 days.

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

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

122 calories; protein 3.3g 7% DV; carbohydrates 6g 2% DV; dietary fiber 3.1g 12% DV; sugars 1.4g; fat 10.4g 16% DV; saturated fat 1.5g 7% DV; cholesterol 0mg; vitamin a iu 2213.7IU 44% DV; vitamin c 34.7mg 58% DV; folate 102.2mcg 26% DV; calcium 64mg 6% DV; iron 1.5mg 8% DV; magnesium 35.7mg 13% DV; potassium 299.4mg 8% DV; sodium 244.3mg 10% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 17% DV.
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