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Salad with Pastry Packages

Makes: 8 servings
Prep 30 mins Bake 400°F 10 mins
Salad with Pastry Packages
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2  cups  seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1/2  cup  crumbled Gorgonzola cheese or blue cheese
  • 1/2  cup  chopped walnuts
  • 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 or parchment-lined 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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 338,
  • Fat, total (g) 26,
  • chol. (mg) 8,
  • sat. fat (g) 5,
  • carb. (g) 21,
  • fiber (g) 4,
  • pro. (g) 7,
  • vit. A (RE) 278,
  • vit. C (mg) 13,
  • sodium (mg) 396,
  • calcium (mg) 121,
  • iron (mg) 3,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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