For a sophisticated starter, try this colorful salad, which marries fresh berries, caramelized nuts and tangy feta cheese. Pureed berries form the base of the dressing, giving it a velvety texture and rich flavor. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Summer 2004

Patsy Jamieson
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Ingredients

Nuts

Dressing

Salad

Directions

  • To prepare nuts: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a small baking dish with cooking spray. Combine oil and honey in a small bowl. Add nuts and toss to coat. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and bake, stirring from time to time, until golden, 10 to 14 minutes. Let cool completely.

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  • To prepare dressing: Combine berries, oil, vinegar, water, mustard, garlic, honey, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in shallots.

  • To prepare salad: Just before serving, place greens in a large bowl. Drizzle the dressing over the greens and toss to coat. Divide the salad among 4 plates. Scatter berries, cheese and the glazed nuts over each salad; serve immediately.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: The dressing will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

230 calories; 17.1 g total fat; 4.3 g saturated fat; 17 mg cholesterol; 311 mg sodium. 614 mg potassium; 15.3 g carbohydrates; 6.2 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 6.8 g protein; 3960 IU vitamin a iu; 33 mg vitamin c; 186 mcg folate; 193 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 59 mg magnesium;