Recipe - Green Gusto Salad

Serves 6

No matter the time of year, served warm or cold, formal or casual, this salad brightens any meal with its contrasting colors and fresh flavors --providing heart-healthy goodness. And, it’s the reason to grow mint. Serve with Sweet Barley Pilaf

  • 1 pound green beans, ends trimmed and sliced into 1-inch lengths
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 orange
  • pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons orange peel, finely grated
  1. In a bowl, mix the orange peel with yogurt and fresh mint. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix the orange peel with yogurt and fresh mint. Set aside.
  3. Defrost peas in a colander under cool running water. Drain and add to beans. Add the scallions and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  4. Peel the remaining orange skin and fibers and cut orange into bite size pieces.
  5. Just before serving, add the dressing to salad and toss. Plate and garnish with orange sections.
Per serving: 92 calories, 6g protein, 18g carbohydrate, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 0mg cholesterol, 5g fiber, 75mg sodium

THE SEASONED COOK: Make the dressing ahead of time and refrigerate it to allow the flavors to blend even better. If the dressing is too thick, add a little water or milk to thin it. For convenience, you can substitute canned mandarins in their own juice for the orange.

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