ESCAROLE SALAD WITH ROASTED TOMATOES AND WARM WHITE BEAN VINAIGRETTE

 

  • Cooking Time: 20
  • Servings: 6
  • Preparation Time: 15

Ingredients

  • For the tomatoes:
  • 1 pound (about 6) large plum tomatoes, each cut in 6 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste*
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon or 1/2 teaspoon chopped, fresh tarragon
  • For the Warm White Bean Vinaigrette dressing:
  • 1 can (about 15 ounces) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste*
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • For the salad:
  • 1 pound escarole lettuce mix, including radicchio, escarole, frisée, chicory and mâche or
  • 2 pounds of the same lettuce in heads, cleaned of damaged leaves, cored, washed and
  • broken in bite-size pieces
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 ounces (about 1/3 cup) pitted black olives, quartered

Directions

  • Heat oven to 450°F.
  • Toss the tomatoes and oil on a large sheet pan and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Roast for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with tarragon and cool. When just cool to the touch, lift carefully with a spatula to make sure the tomatoes are not sticking to the pan.
  • To make the dressing, purée all of the dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer to a skillet.
  • Toss the lettuces and scallions in a large mixing bowl.
  • Heat the dressing until simmering, stirring often; add more water if needed to keep it the texture of unbeaten cream. Toss the dressing with the lettuces. Mound on a large platter or on individual plates. Scatter the olives on top and arrange the roasted tomatoes decoratively on and around the salad.

Notes

A bed of crisp greens, topped with tarragon flavored plum tomatoes and drizzled with warm and creamy white bean vinaigrette dressing, makes this a one-of-a-kind healthful dish. Canned cannellini beans, pureed in the dressing, give a creamy texture without adding fat; instead they boost the fiber content of this tasty salad!

Categories: Dressing  Lettuce/Vegetable 

Author Credit: Mealtime.org

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