Marinated Mussel Salad

Marinated Mussel Salad

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From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1991

Archaeologists say that humans have been eating mussels for over 20,000 years, but it's unlikely our prehistoric ancestors ever tried them with this tangy lemon-caper marinade. Garlic-Tomato Toasts and a bold Sauvignon Blanc are wonderful with this salad.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 2 pounds mussels, debearded and scrubbed (see Tip)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon capers, rinsed
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 4 cups torn leaf lettuce, such as Boston, red leaf or romaine
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste


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  1. Place mussels, onion, water and wine in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook just until the mussels open, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, cool and shell the mussels, discarding any that do not open.
  2. Combine lemon juice, parsley, oil, capers, mustard and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the shelled mussels; marinate for at least 5 minutes.
  3. To serve, divide lettuce between 2 plates and top with the mussel mixture.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2. Cover and chill for up to 8 hours.
  • Tip: Use a stiff brush to scrub mussels under running water. Discard any with broken shells or any whose shells remain open after you tap them lightly. Scrape off any barnacles; pull off the black fibrous “beard”.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 204 calories; 9 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 9 g carbohydrates; 21 g protein; 91 mcg folate; 48 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 4,616 IU vitamin A; 22 mg vitamin C; 53 mg calcium; 7 mg iron; 363 mg sodium; 361 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (92% daily value), Iron (39% dv), Vitamin C (37% dv), Folate (23% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½

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