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Green Salad with Strawberries & Goat Cheese

May/June 2009

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This lively salad captures the essence of early summer with ripe strawberries, chives and baby spinach. To make it a meal, top it with grilled chicken breast.



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"Put this in a salad bowl and I guarantee that by the end of dinner, the bowl will be empty. I've served it twice and my friends completely finished the bowl. This is a recipe that will make me regret the end of summer and fresh...
Green Salad with Strawberries & Goat Cheese Recipe

Makes: 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup , or brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper , to taste
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 3 cups watercress, tough stems removed
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries , (about 12 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup fresh chives, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans , (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

Preparation

  1. Whisk maple syrup (or brown sugar), vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add spinach, watercress, strawberries and chives; toss to coat. Divide the salad among 4 plates and top with pecans and goat cheese.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To toast chopped or sliced nuts, stir constantly in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition

Per serving: 215 calories; 17 g fat (3 g sat, 9 g mono); 4 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 4 g fiber; 209 mg sodium; 454 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (130% daily value), Vitamin A (60% dv), Folate (20% dv), Magnesium (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fruit, 3 fat


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