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Red & Green Salad with Toasted Almonds

During a long Midwest winter, I crave greens and tomatoes from the garden. These leaf lettuces and grape tomatoes have a fantastic out-of-the-garden taste. Thank goodness we can get them year-round. —Jasmine Rose, Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (1-1/3 cups each)


  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed or canola oil
  • SALAD:
  • 2 heads Boston or Bibb lettuce, torn
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced English cucumber
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  • In a small bowl, whisk the first seven ingredients. Gradually whisk in grapeseed oil until blended.
  • In a large bowl, combine lettuces, red pepper, celery, cucumber, peas and tomatoes. Just before serving, pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with almonds.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 168 calories, 14g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 fat, 1 vegetable.

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  • sbpugh
    Jan 18, 2014

    Very tasty salad - and pretty, too! The crunch of the almonds adds another layer of flavor, and the dressing goes perfectly with it.

  • kimspacc
    Nov 30, 2013

    Yum! The dressing was also great tossed over rice and steamed veggies.