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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lemon Lime Vinaigrette over Cucumber Salad

How many times have you had a wilted lettuce salad? You may find it interesting it's the oil, not the vinegar, that wilts the lettuce quicker. True story.

Enter this cucumber lettuce salad. The butter lettuce is hardy and won't wilt under this dressing made with less oil than typical, so you can dress this salad for a buffet table and be confident it will stand up.

Try this fantastic fresh, crisp summer salad next to a spicy grilled burger like this Chorizo Stuffed Burger. The citrusy vinaigrette is tasty and cooling.

Fat and Happy Food Blog Tips and Techniques: Cucumbers have a lot of water in them, to keep the salad from being watered down, grate it and let it sit in a strainer for a hour.

Lemon Lime Vinaigrette over Cucumber Salad

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 tbls agava
3 tbls olive oil
salt and pepper
1 tbls red wine

4 heads of butter lettuce
1 English cucumber, grated and strained
1/4 cup toasted pepitas
1 cup bean sprouts

 Place all the dressing in mason jar or seal-able dressing container and shake well to combine.

Grate the cucumber, sprinkle with salt and place in a fine strainer; allow to strain for up to 1 hour. Reserve the cucumber juice for another application if wanted. Layer the lettuce, cucumber, pepitas and bean sprouts on a platter. Drizzle the dressing over the top (you may not need all of the dressing, just add as needed.) Enjoy.

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