Nutrient-Rich Gourmet Salad And Dressings

Asparagus Salad with Tangy Fig Dressing
2 lb. asparagus, tough ends removed, cut on diagonal into 2-inch pieces
1 small red bell pepper, very thinly sliced
4 fresh figs, halved (optional)
2 cups cooked red kidney beans
1/2 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted in low oven
6 cups mixed salad greens (baby greens, mashe, watercress)
1/3 cup Black Fig Vinegar
1 Tbsp. VegiZest
3 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh marjoram (or 1 tsp. dried)
1 Tbsp. almond butter
1 Tbsp. ketchup, low sodium
1 tsp. minced garlic
Boil vinegar in a heavy small saucepan over medium heat until reduced by half (about 3 minutes). Pour vinegar into bowl and whisk in mustard, marjoram, and garlic. Water sauté asparagus, peppers, and VegiZest, stirring over high heat for 3 minutes, then covering and steaming for an additional 1 minute. Add asparagus, beans, and bell pepper to dressing; gently toss to blend well. Serve on bed of mixed greens with fig halves. Sprinkle with pecans and serve.

Citrus Salad with Carrot-Ginger Dressing
2 cups carrot juice
1 baked potato, peeled
2 tsp. grated ginger root
1 clove garlic
3 whole pitted dates
1/4 tsp. Asian toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup raw cashew butter
1 tsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos
Blend all dressing ingredients until smooth. In a dry skillet, lightly toast sunflower and sesame seeds until just beginning to turn golden. Toss over a green salad made from watercress, spinach, romaine lettuce, diced avocado, thinly sliced sweet onion, and orange sections. Toss and sprinkle with sunflower and sesame seeds.

Mishmash Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing
1 Tbsp. raw cashew butter
2/3 cup sesame seeds, lightly toasted in flat pan
1/2 clove garlic
6 pitted dates
1 cup soy milk
2 Tbsp. Riesling Raisin Vinegar (or seasoned rice vinegar)
1 tsp. sesame oil
Assemble salad in a large salad bowl. Blend all dressing ingredients except for 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds. Blend until smooth and creamy. Stir in remaining sesame seeds. Toss over mixed greens, sliced kiwi, strawberries and sliced green apples.
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Marissa - September 22, 2006 9:08 AM

Some of the ingredients are not mentioned in the body of the directions. Such as the almond butter and the ketchup in the first recipe, would that be mix with the mustard marjoram and garlic? Thank you.

Stephanie - October 1, 2006 8:25 AM

where do you buy those speciality vinegars?

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