Summer Vegetable Salad with Walnut-Yogurt Dressing
- TOTAL TIME: 40 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
Part of what makes Michael Anthony's salad so great are the four different dressings on the plate. His walnut-yogurt dressing inspired Grace Parisi to invent her own fast riff, a puree of toasted walnuts with yogurt, lemon juice and fresh herbs. She uses the bright, tangy dressing on a mix of haricots vert, baby squash and tomatoes.
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 3/4 pound thin green beans
- 3/4 pound mixed baby squash or zucchini, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons walnut oil or canola oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves
- 2 tablespoons snipped chives
- 1 tablespoon tarragon leaves
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the walnuts in a pie plate and toast for about 10 minutes, until golden. Let cool.
- Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and fill a bowl with ice water. Add the green beans to the boiling water and blanch until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beans to the ice water. Add the squash to the boiling water and blanch until crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Add the squash to the ice water. Drain the vegetables and pat completely dry.
- In a blender, combine the walnuts, yogurt, walnut oil, lemon juice, cilantro, chives and tarragon. Blend until smooth, scraping down the side of blender. Transfer the dressing to a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the green beans, squash and tomatoes, toss to coat and serve.
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