Farmers Market Potato Salad

4 points

Look for a mix of red, purple, and brown-skinned fingerling potatoes, so named because of their oblong shapes, to prepare this stunning salad. If you can’t find them, substitute small red potatoes. You can serve this dish at room temperature just after it’s tossed together, or make it ahead, refrigerate, and serve chilled.

Yield:  6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
2 pounds fingerling potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
3/4 cup vertically sliced red onion
3/4 cup diced zucchini
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Place corn and potatoes on a jelly-roll pan. Drizzle vegetables with 1 tablespoon oil; toss to coat. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Place mixture in a large bowl. Combine tarragon and next 5 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, stirring constantly with a whisk. Drizzle potato mixture with dressing; toss gently to coat.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and zucchini to pan; cook 4 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add zucchini mixture and tomatoes to potato mixture; toss gently to combine.

CALORIES 198 ; FAT 6.6g (sat 0.9g,mono 4.1g,poly 0.7g); CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 28mg; CARBOHYDRATE 32.7g; SODIUM 438mg; PROTEIN 4.5g; FIBER 3.8g; IRON 1.4mg

Cracked Wheat Salad with Nectarines, Parsley and Pistachios+

4 points

Yield:  6 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

I had trouble finding bulgur, so used some other whole grains and it worked out fine.  I wanted more flavor, but that is partly my aging taste buds.  Vinegar?  Brown sugar?  Also, my nectarines weren’t quite ripe enough…

1 cup uncooked bulgur
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced nectarines (about 3)
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons chopped pistachios

1. Combine bulgur and 1 cup boiling water in a large bowl. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Stir in nectarines and remaining ingredients except nuts; toss well. Sprinkle with nuts.

CALORIES 188 ; FAT 9g (sat 1.2g,mono 5.9g,poly 1.4g); CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 29mg; CARBOHYDRATE 24.7g; SODIUM 307mg; PROTEIN 4.2g; FIBER 5.7g; IRON 1.2mg

Sauteed Arctic Char and Arugula Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette*

8 points (technically – must be from the fish))
If you can’t find arctic char, substitute another sustainable option like Alaskan salmon. I used tuna.

Yield:  4 servings

4 (6-ounce) arctic char fillets
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
Cooking spray
4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons minced shallots
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
5 cups loosely packed arugula
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted (replaced with pepitas)
added: fresh tarragon – which was amazing, and fresh chopped chives

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fillets evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add fillets to pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Turn fillets over; cook 4 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Remove fish from pan; loosely cover, and keep warm. Wipe pan clean with paper towels.

2. While fish cooks, place vinegar in a medium bowl. Gradually add oil, stirring with a whisk. Stir in shallots.

3. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add tomatoes, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; sauté for 3 minutes or until tomatoes soften. Add tomatoes and herbs to vinaigrette; toss to combine.

4. Arrange 1 1/4 cups arugula on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 fillet. Spoon about 1/2 cup tomato mixture over each salad, and sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons nuts.

CALORIES 342 ; FAT 20.5g (sat 3.7g,mono 10.4g,poly 4.8g); CHOLESTEROL 80mg; CALCIUM 72mg; CARBOHYDRATE 5.9g; SODIUM 522mg; PROTEIN 33.1g; FIBER 1.6g; IRON 1.5mg