Spicy Green Salad with Soy & Roasted Garlic Dressing

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Spicy Green Salad with Soy & Roasted Garlic Dressing

Spicy Green Salad with Soy & Roasted Garlic Dressing

Piquant greens, such as mizuna and red mustard, are mellowed with a sweet-and-savory dressing that includes a whole head of roasted garlic. Add a skewer of grilled shrimp or teriyaki beef to make it a main course. To soften the leaves, heat the dressing just before serving and pour over the greens.

Serves 4

Prep Time 45 min

Total Time 90 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 head garlic
  • 4 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon p salt, divided
  • 2 cups baby mizuna, baby kale or Asian salad mix
  • 2 cups baby red mustard greens, tatsoi or watercress, any tough stems removed
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted (see Tip)

Cooking Directions

Step 1

To prepare dressing: Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2

Rub excess papery skin off garlic head without separating cloves. Slice the tip off, exposing the ends of the cloves. Place the garlic head on a piece of foil, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and wrap into a package. Put in a baking dish and bake until the garlic is very soft, 40 minutes to 1 hour. Unwrap and let cool slightly. Increase oven temperature to 450ºF.

Step 3

Squeeze the garlic pulp into a blender or food processor (discard the skins). Add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, ginger, sesame oil and soy sauce; blend or process until smooth. Season with pepper.

Step 4

To prepare salad: Toss asparagus with 2 teaspoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spread in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring once halfway through, until tender and browned, 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 5

Meanwhile, season a wooden salad bowl by rubbing with 1/2 clove garlic and a pinch of salt. Chop the garlic and add to the bowl along with all the greens. (If leaves are large, tear them into bite-size pieces first.) Pour 1/4 cup of the dressing over the greens. (Cover and refrigerate the remaining 1/2 cup dressing for up to 3 days.) Sprinkle the salad with sesame seeds and the asparagus; toss and serve.


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