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Simple Salad with Ranch-Salsa Dressing

Yield 7 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
This basic salad with homemade dressing is a great way to introduce children to fresh salad greens. Store extra dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup bottled chunky mild salsa
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups torn iceberg lettuce
  • 3 cups torn romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrot
  • 3 tablespoons sliced green onions

Nutrition Information

  • calories 34
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 1.2 g
  • satfat 0.2 g
  • monofat 0.1 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 1.3 g
  • carbohydrate 5.3 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 1 mg
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 111 mg
  • calcium 37 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place first 8 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.

  2. Combine lettuces and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Add 3/4 cup dressing; toss well. Serve immediately.

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  4. Young Chefs can:

  5. Tear lettuces

  6. Combine measured lettuces, tomatoes, and carrots

  7.  

  8. Older Chefs can:

  9. Measure first 8 ingredients, and add to blender

  10. Halve cherry tomatoes with dinner knife