Dipping artichoke leaves one by one into balsamic vinaigrette until you reach the meaty heart is a leisurely way to begin a meal. Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1994

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  • Cut lemon in half. Slice 1 half and reserve the other half for rubbing over artichokes. Place 3 quarts water, wine, parsley, thyme, bay leaf, salt and the lemon slices in a large pot. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, pull off the short tough outer leaves of each artichoke. Cut off the top 1/2 inch of the artichoke. Using scissors, trim off the sharp points of the remaining leaves. Rub the whole artichoke, especially the cut portions, with the cut side of the lemon half.

  • Add the artichokes to the pot and simmer, covered, until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain, discarding lemon slices and herbs, and let cool slightly.

  • Whisk together vinegar, oil, mustard, garlic and remaining 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the artichokes with the vinaigrette for dipping.

Nutrition Facts

97 calories; 3.7 g total fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 524 mg sodium. 498 mg potassium; 14.8 g carbohydrates; 6.9 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 4.2 g protein; 17 IU vitamin a iu; 15 mg vitamin c; 87 mcg folate; 58 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 77 mg magnesium;

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This is a great alternative to a melted butter dip. But not nearly enough of a dip for 4 artichokes. I tripled the vinegar doubled the oil & water & it was just enough. I do realize it adds to the cals./fat count. But it was much more enjoyable to eat this way! Read More