nutritional information

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 460
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Total Fat: 31 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Cholesterol: 5 mg
  • Sodium: 380 mg
  • Fiber: 11 g
  • Sugar: 12 g

Alfresco Layered Salad

Alfresco Layered Salad

SERVES 6

30 minutes or fewer

Watercress, curly endive and escarole all have the spine to stand up to onion, fennel and oil-cured olives.
Salad
  • 1 ¾ cups chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups chopped dandelion greens
  • 1 cup pitted, coarsely chopped, oil-cured olives
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 4 navel oranges, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup low-fat Swiss-style cheese or goat gouda cheese
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
  • 2 cups diced fennel
Dressing
  • 5 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup sherry vinegar
  • 6 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. To make Salad: Layer ingredients in 3-quart, straight-sided glass bowl, starting with chickpeas, then in order spread one-third dandelion greens followed by all olives and onions. Top with another one-third greens and with half orange slices. Sprinkle cheese over oranges, and top with nuts and fennel. Cover salad with remaining oranges and greens.
  2. To make Dressing: Whisk dressing ingredients together until well blended. Drizzle over salad, and serve.

Wine Suggestions

Many of the ingredients in this salad are wine-loving foods: Beans, greens, cheeses, nuts and oils. When pairing the salad with wine, focus on these foods but also consider the tartness of the oranges and the sherry vinegar. A slightly acidic, medium-body Chardonnay would pair nicely with the finished dish.

May 2003

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