Mache (pronounced "mosh" and accented with a little French hat above the 'a' which I can't seem to figure out on Blogger) is a fresh-tasting salad green, pricey but elegant looking so good for special occasions. But I'd recommend the dressing for other salad greens. It's REALLY good.
NUTRITION NOTES ... Salad dressings seem to call for HEAPS of oil and I just don't get it. The inspiring recipe called for 8 whole tablespoons -- I used just 1 tablespoon and my tastebuds didn't suspect a thing. (My waist and thighs are most grateful, however.)
In fact, I do suspect that with LESS oil, the orange and cumin and green onion had a fair chance to shine. (The same phenomenon happens with sugar. Cut the sugar in half for virtually any baked good, bump up the 'intended' flavor, cinnamon, lemon, whatever and suddenly you have a 'cinnamon cookie' versus one more 'sweet cinnamon cookie' that tastes not all that different than the last 'sweet lemon cookie'. The single exception I've found to this rule is Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies! And I've been experimenting for more than three years. It WORKS.)
NEXT TIME ... I'll try not to eat the whole bowl! (Good luck with that, AK ...)
FROM THE ARCHIVES ... The Recipe Box has several good dressings for salad greens.
MACHE with ORANGE CUMIN DRESSING
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Hands-on time: 6 minutes for dressing, 9 minutes to trim/wash the mache, section the oranges
Time to table: 15 minutes
Zest and juice from an orange
Juice from a lemon
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup chopped green onion, white and green parts
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
GREENS & GARNISH
Mache for four (about 4 ounces for small servings), trimmed, washed, spun dry (or patted with paper towels)
2 oranges, sections removed (how? see here at Beyond Salmon for a lesson)
Whisk dressing ingredients and toss with salad greens just before serving. Garnish with orange sections. Serve and enjoy!
Dressing Only, Per Serving: 56 Cal (53% from Fat, 3% from Protein, 45% from Carb); 0 g Protein; 3 g Tot Fat; 0 g Sat Fat; 7 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; NetCarb7; 12 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 297 mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 1.5 points
Dressing, Salad Greens, Orange Garnish, Per Serving: 109 Cal (29% from Fat, 7% from Protein, 64% from Carb); 2 g Protein; 4 g Tot Fat; 0 g Sat Fat; 19 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; NetCarb16; 68 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 311 mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 2 points
- When you see this ◄ in the title and the Recipe Box, you know the recipe's a personal favorite. Tastes vary, of course, but the mark is one indication of another vegetable recipe that's worth paying attention to.
Adapted from Gourmet, August 2001