Photo: Lisa Romerein; Styling: Dani Fisher Photo by: Photo: Lisa Romerein; Styling: Dani Fisher

Pine-Nut Salad Spears

Serve this wine-friendly, snackable salad at cocktail parties when you want something fresh and crunchy alongside all the rich bits.

Sunset DECEMBER 2011

  • Yield: Serves 8 to 10
  • Total:10 Minutes


  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • About 12 oz. romaine lettuce leaves
  • 3 tablespoons finely shredded parmesan cheese


1. Crush 1/3 cup nuts into a paste using a mortar and pestle. Add mustard, vinegar, shallot, honey, salt, and oil; mix until blended. Chill lettuce leaves until ready to serve.

2. Put lettuce leaves on a platter and drizzle with dressing, then sprinkle with cheese and remaining nuts.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 109
  • Calories from fat: 86%
  • Protein: 1.9g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated fat: 1.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 2.9g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 111mg
  • Cholesterol: 1.1mg

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