Purslane, Mint, and Lettuce Salad with Spicy Yogurt Dressing

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A common weed in many a gardener's backyard bed, wild purslane is perfectly edible—even delicious, in fact. Its juicy little leaves have a citrusy, sometimes peppery zip. Cultivated golden purslane is much milder than the tangy wild weed; you can use wild here instead of golden, but you may want to cut back a little on the garlic, mint, and chile so they don't overwhelm the purslane.
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Yield:

Serves 4

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Nutritional Information

Calories 67
Caloriesfromfat 52 %
Protein 2.9 g
Fat 4 g
Satfat 0.7 g
Carbohydrate 6.6 g
Fiber 1.7 g
Sodium 229 mg
Cholesterol 1.3 mg

Ingredients

4 cups purslane leaves and tender stems
4 cups loosely packed butter lettuce leaves
1 cup torn frisee
1 1/4 cups thinly sliced Persian or seedless cucumber
2 tablespoons chopped peppermint* or 3 tbsp. spearmint
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 to 1 tsp. aleppo or red chile flakes

Preparation

1. Put purslane, butter lettuce, frisée, cucumber, and mint in a large serving bowl.

2. Sprinkle garlic with salt, then mash into a paste with the flat side of a chef's knife. Scrape paste into a bowl and whisk with oil, yogurt, and chile flakes.

3. Pour dressing over greens and toss gently but thoroughly.

* Peppermint is much stronger than the common grocery-store spearmint, with darker, more elongated leaves and purplish stems. Find it at well-stocked grocery stores (or grow your own).

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Margo True,

March 2012
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