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Mixed Greens with Berries & Honey-Glazed Hazelnuts
“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.”
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
¼ cup chopped hazelnuts, or walnuts
⅓ cup raspberries, blackberries and/or blueberries
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 small clove garlic, crushed and peeled
½ teaspoon honey
⅛ teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
10 cups mesclun salad greens, (about 8 ounces)
1 cup blackberries, raspberries and/or blueberries
½ cup crumbled feta, or goat cheese (4 ounces)
1To prepare nuts: Preheat oven to 350°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.
2To 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.
3To 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.
Make Ahead Tip: The dressing will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.