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Hearts of Romaine with Creamy Feta Dressing

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

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

Yield: 1/2 cup
Start to Finish 5 mins
  • 1/4  cup  olive oil
  • 2  tablespoons  lemon juice
  • 2  tablespoons  white wine vinegar

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)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 65,
  • Fat, total (g) 6,
  • chol. (mg) 6,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 2,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 4,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 1,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • vit. A (IU) 2430,
  • vit. C (mg) 2,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 0,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 40,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 130,
  • Potassium (mg) 81,
  • calcium (mg) 50,
  • iron (mg) 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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