Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Hearts of Palm and Mandarin Salad


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Daily Tip for Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Hearts of Palm and Mandarin Salad

Take a vacation from ordinary greens with an exotic twist on your lunchtime salad. Mandarin oranges add a perky zing that boosts not only your mood, but also your vitamin C. You may not have had time for a tropical getaway on your lunch hour, but with the healing properties of citrus flavanones, anthocyanins and polyphenols, you just might feel like you did.

  • 1/4 cup fat-free buttermilk
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound fresh baby spinach, rinsed well, dried and stems removed
  • 1 can hearts of palm, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch rings
  • 2 mandarin oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
Whisk the buttermilk, lemon juice and oil together. Add the shallots, dill, parsley, salt and pepper. In a large salad bowl, combine the baby spinach and hearts of palm. Toss with the dressing. Arrange the mandarin segments on top and sprinkle with pine nuts.

Per serving: 235 calories; 12 grams fat (all healthy!), 23 grams carbohydrates (low-carb), 11 grams fiber (1/3 of daily needs!), 14 grams protein (a good dose!).

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