Hearts of Romaine with Creamy Feta Dressing

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Makes:
12 servings
Serving Size:
1 quarter romaine heart plus 1 tablespoon dressing
Yields:
about 3/4 cup dressing
Start to Finish:
15 mins
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Hearts of Romaine with Creamy Feta Dressing

Ingredients
3
hearts of romaine lettuce
1
Recipe Basic Vinaigrette, using 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar in place of 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/2
cup crumbled feta cheese (2 ounces)
1/4
cup water
1
teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1
clove garlic, minced
1/4
teaspoon sea salt
1/4
teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4
cup crumbled feta cheese (1 ounce)

Directions

  1. Cut each heart of romaine in half lengthwise. Arrange romaine on a serving platter.
  2. For dressing, in a food processor or blender combine Basic Vinaigrette, 1/2 cup cheese, the water, oregano, garlic, and salt. Cover and process or blend until smooth.
  3. Drizzle dressing over romaine; sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Top with 1/4 cup cheese. To serve, cut romaine halves crosswise into quarters.

From the Test Kitchen

Out of feta? Use goat cheese (chevre) instead. For a change of texture, use baby greens in place of the romaine. Go Middle Eastern and use a teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander instead of the oregano.

Basic Vinaigrette

Ingredients

1/4
cup olive oil
2
tablespoons lemon juice
2
tablespoons white wine vinegar

Directions

  1. In a small screw-top jar combine oil, lemon juice, and vinegar. Cover and shake well.
From the Test Kitchen

For an Asian spin, use 3 tablespoons peanut oil and 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil for the olive oil, lime juice for the lemon juice, and rice wine vinegar for the white wine vinegar. Want a French Vinaigrette? Add 1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard and 1 tablespoon minced shallot. Want a heartier flavor? Use red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar in place of the white wine vinegar.

Nutrition Facts

(Hearts of Romaine with Creamy Feta Dressing)
    Per serving:
  • 65 kcal cal.,
  • 6 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 4 g monounsatured fat),
  • 6 mg chol.,
  • 130 mg sodium,
  • 2 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 1 g sugar,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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