It'd been a long while since I'd had iceberg lettuce -- the only lettuce 'known to man' until well into my 20s -- and I was looking forward to revisiting something homey and familiar.
But as it turns out, at least to my nowadays taste, iceberg lettuce deserves its flavorless reputation. Tossed with watercress, the lettuce served only as filler and in fact watered down and washed out the watercress' trademark pepperbite.
And the big shock was how much dressing it took! Day 276's salad was barely dressed and yet spikey with flavor. Tonight's salad was drowning in dressing before any flavor came out.
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WATERCRESS, ICEBERG SALAD with BLUE CHEESE DRESSING
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Hands-on time: 7 minutes for the dressing, 5 minutes for the salad
Time to table: 15 minutes
1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise (reduced from 4 tablespoons mayonnaise)
1 tablespoon sour cream (reduced from 4 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles (reduced from 1 cup)
Squeeze lemon juice (reduced from 1 tablespoon)
4 tablespoons skim milk to thin (increased from 1 - 2 tablespoons)
Salt and pepper to taste
About 1/3 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
8 ounces fresh watercress, coarse stems discarded
Mix dressing ingredients, using enough milk to thin to desired consistency. Toss with lettuce and watercress.
After being "Alanna-sized", Per Serving: 51 Cal (51% from Fat, 24% from Protein, 26% from Carb); 3 g Protein; 3 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 3 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; NetCarb2; 105 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 119 mg Sodium; 5 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 1 point
Following the recipe, Per Serving: 191 Cal (74% from Fat, 18% from Protein, 8% from Carb); 8 g Protein; 16 g Tot Fat; 7 g Sat Fat; 4 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; NetCarb3; 101 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 553 mg Sodium; 27 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 5 points
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT'S DUE
Adapted from Gourmet April 2002