Mixed Lettuce Salad with Cucumber Herb Vinaigrette

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Mixed Lettuce Salad with Cucumber Herb Vinaigrette

Oak leaf and baby romaine lettuces are so tender they're best eaten straight from the garden or at least within a day or two of picking. Mild and delicate, they pair wonderfully with peppery radishes and chopped hard-boiled eggs in this easy salad.

Yield: 4 servings, about 1 cup each
Active Time: 30
Total Time: 30

Ingredients

Vinaigrette

  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Salad

  • 1/2 small clove garlic
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups Red Oak or other red leaf lettuce
  • 2 cups Freckles or other baby romaine
  • 1/2 cup sliced radishes
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and chopped (see Tip)

Preparation

  1. To prepare vinaigrette: Puree cucumber, oil, vinegar, chives, parsley, yogurt, mustard, horseradish, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender until smooth.
  2. To prepare salad: Season a wooden salad bowl by rubbing with garlic and pinch of salt. Chop the garlic and add to the bowl along with all the lettuce. Pour 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette over the greens; toss to coat. (Cover and refrigerate the remaining 1 cup vinaigrette for up to 3 days.) Serve the salad garnished with radishes, scallions and hard-boiled egg.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the vinaigrette (Step 1) for up to 3 days.
  • Tip: To hard-boil eggs, place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook at the barest simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, pour out hot water and cover the eggs with cold water. Let stand until cool enough to handle before peeling.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving

calories 83
fat 6 g (1 g sat, 3 g mono)
cholesterol 106 mg
carbohydrates 4 g
protein 5 g
fiber 2 g
sodium 152 mg
potassium 297 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin A (35% daily value), Vitamin C (25% dv), Folate (22% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat, 1/2 medium fat meat

From EatingWell March/April 2009