Ghostly Greens

Top this healthy salad with deliciously ghoulish croutons. Cookie cutters make it easy.

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  • prep time 40 min
  • total time 40 min
  • ingredients 15
  • servings 12
 

Ingredients

Croutons

1
1/2-inch Halloween-shaped cookie cutters
6
slices (1/2 inch thick) white or whole-grain bread
1 1/2
teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1
teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4
teaspoon garlic salt

Dressing

1
cup packed fresh basil leaves
2
tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1
teaspoon sugar
1/8
teaspoon salt
1/4
cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salad

2
bags (5 oz each) mixed spring greens
1
cup sliced and quartered English (seedless) cucumber
1
cup halved cherry tomatoes
1/3
cup sliced ready-to-eat baby-cut carrots
1/2
cup crumbled feta cheese (2 oz)

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  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Using cutters, cut 4 shapes from each slice of bread. Place on cookie sheet; brush with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil. In small bowl, mix Italian seasoning and garlic salt; sprinkle over shapes. Bake about 8 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in blender, place basil leaves, vinegar, sugar and salt. Cover; blend on high speed. Scrape sides. Add 1/4 cup oil; blend until smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape sides.
  • 3 In large bowl, toss greens, cucumber, tomatoes and carrots with dressing. Top with feta cheese and croutons.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Using cutters, cut 4 shapes from each slice of bread. Place on cookie sheet; brush with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil. In small bowl, mix Italian seasoning and garlic salt; sprinkle over shapes. Bake about 8 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in blender, place basil leaves, vinegar, sugar and salt. Cover; blend on high speed. Scrape sides. Add 1/4 cup oil; blend until smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape sides.
  • 3 In large bowl, toss greens, cucumber, tomatoes and carrots with dressing. Top with feta cheese and croutons.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Apple orchard gift shops or specialty food stores are great places to look for small Halloween-shaped cutters.

Red wine vinegar can be substituted for the balsamic vinegar in the dressing.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
110
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
180mg
180%;
Total Carbohydrate
9g
9%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
40%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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