Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Romaine Salad with Fresh Corn and Goat Cheese Dressing

Spring is a good season for fresh corn that you can buy at the farmers market for a small price. The farmers market is a good place to buy fresh vegetables and fruits for a low cost and you don't have to deal with a middle man like the grocery store where the vegetables and fruits would have to travel a long way on a truck that might take a few days to get to their destination. So, the freshness is just not the same and the price could be higher. 

Fresh corn has a good source of nutritional value like vitamin B1 (thiamin) that maintains the memory, good dietary fiber, folate that is a B vitamin which is heart healthy, vitamin c, and  B5 (pantothenic acid) which helps when you are under stress it helps support the function of the adrenal glands.

I have a  recipe for a light Spring salad that can be made with raw fresh corn and the taste of the sweet corn makes the salad mouth watering. You have to take the kernels off the cob in a bowl with a knife and set aside which is pictured below. This recipe will serve 4 people.



2 ears of fresh corn, remove corn from cob
2 Romaine Hearts, cut bite size pieces
2 carrots, sliced
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
4 pitted Medjool Dates, sliced
1 cup chick peas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped (in a small pan on low cook walnuts about 5 to 7 minutes, until fragrant)


4 ounces goat cheese, softened
2 tablespoons low- fat buttermilk
1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
1 teaspoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

In a large bowl put chopped romaine, add carrots, dates, chick peas, tomatoes, walnuts, and corn.

For the dressing put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth and pour over salad. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

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