Green Salad with Brown Butter Walnut Vinaigrette

Green Salad with Brown Butter Walnut Vinaigrette

Dress up simple mixed greens by drizzling them with a brown-butter vinaigrette made with walnuts, garlic and rosemary. Finish the salad with a touch of crumbled blue cheese.

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Serving size: 8
Calories per serving: 1

1 cup walnut halves or pieces
2 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for the salad
freshly ground black pepper
10 cups mixed garden greens
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
2 ounces crumbled aged blue cheese, such as roelli red rock

Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat and add the walnuts, butter, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Cook very gently, stirring often, until the walnuts turn golden brown and the garlic has cooked, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil to the skillet to slow the cooking, and set aside.

When ready to serve, toss the greens with a little salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice and vinegar to the walnut mixture and spoon the nuts over the salad, adding as much of the dressing as needed to lightly coat the leaves. Add the blue cheese, and toss again.

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