Garden Salad With Smoked Almond-Cilantro Dressing

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 5:00 PM, August 27, 2007

Aired August 27, 2007

Serves 2 servings
5 to 6 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, shredded
2 scallions, cut into 3-inch lengths then thinly sliced into sticks
2 to 3 baby zucchini, cut into matchsticks
1/3 red bell pepper, cut into matchsticks
1 small garlic clove
1/2 cup smoked almonds
4 soft sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
Handful of fresh cilantro
Handful of fresh mint
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar (eyeball it)
2 tablespoons of water (a splash)
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) (eyeball it)
Black pepper, to taste

Place the lettuce on a large platter and scatter the veggies across the top.

Place the garlic, almonds, sun-dried tomatoes, cilantro, mint and vinegar in a food processor and turn it on if you have trouble getting the dressing going, add a splash of water, 2 tablespoons, then stream in the EVOO.

Process the dressing then season it with black pepper to taste and pour it evenly over the salad then serve.