Salad with Pastry Packages

In each phyllo pastry package is a flavorful cheese-and-grape surprise.

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Makes:
8 servings
Prep:
30 mins
Bake:
10 mins 400°F
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Salad with Pastry Packages

Ingredients
1 1/2
cups seedless red grapes, halved
1/2
cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese or blue cheese
1/2
6
sheets frozen phyllo dough (about 17x12-inch rectangles), thawed
3
tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
1/3
cup balsamic vinegar or cider vinegar
1
clove garlic, minced
1/2
teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/4
cup salad oil
 
Salt
4
cups torn fresh spinach or mixed salad greens
4
cups torn red-tip leaf lettuce or radicchio
 
Coarsely ground pink peppercorns
 
small clusters of seedless red grapes (optional)
 
Fresh chives (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl combine halved grapes, cheese, and walnuts. Set aside.
  2. For pastry packages, unfold phyllo dough. Cover phyllo with plastic wrap to help keep it from drying out; remove sheets as needed. Brush 1 phyllo sheet with some of the melted margarine or butter. Top with another sheet of phyllo and brush with some of the melted margarine. Add 1 more sheet for a total of 3 sheets, brushing each sheet with margarine. Use remaining phyllo and melted margarine to make a second 3-layer stack of phyllo. Trim each stack into a 14-inch square; cut each large square into four 7-inch squares.
  3. Place 1/4 cup of the grape-cheese mixture onto the center of one 7-inch square. Fold 2 opposite sides of phyllo over filling; fold remaining 2 sides of phyllo over, forming a square package. Press edges lightly to seal. Place, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet or 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Repeat with remaining phyllo squares and filling. Brush with any remaining melted margarine. Bake 10 minutes or until golden.
  4. For dressing, in a food processor bowl or blender container combine vinegar, garlic, and thyme. With food processor or blender running, slowly add the 1/4 cup salad oil; process or blend until combined. Add salt to taste.
  5. To serve, for each salad, place one pastry package in the center of a salad plate. Surround with spinach or salad greens and red-tip lettuce or radicchio. Drizzle the greens with 1 tablespoon of the dressing. Sprinkle with pepper. If desired, garnish with small clusters of grapes and fresh chives. Makes 8 side-dish salads.

Nutrition Facts

(Salad with Pastry Packages)
    Per serving:
  • 338 kcal cal.,
  • 26 g fat
  • (5 g sat. fat,
  • 8 mg chol.,
  • 396 mg sodium,
  • 21 g carb.,
  • 4 g fiber,
  • 7 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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