Glycemic Index Cookbook For Dummies
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Maintaining a low-glycemic diet doesn't mean boring food — especially if you try this recipe for cranberry-walnut salad. Low-glycemic salad greens are topped with a slightly sweet and savory dressing. Toasted nuts, dried cranberries, and Gorgonzola cheese crumbles create differing textures. And there's lots of flavor in the dressing, so add it gradually — you may not want to use it all.

Low-Glycemic Cranberry Walnut Salad

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5–8 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

1/2 cup walnut halves

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

8 cups mixed salad greens

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lay out the walnut pieces on a nonstick cookie sheet, and bake until lightly toasted, fragrant, and just starting to brown, about 5 to 8 minutes. Pour the nuts into a bowl and set aside.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper until well blended.

  3. In a large serving bowl, mix the walnuts, salad greens, cranberries, and onion. Add the oil-vinegar dressing, and toss to coat everything evenly.

  4. Add the crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, and toss lightly. Serve immediately.

Per serving: Calories 308 (From Fat 217); Glycemic Load 8 (Low); Fat 24g (Saturated 4g); Cholesterol 6mg; Sodium 449mg; Carbohydrate 22g (Dietary Fiber 4g); Protein 5g.

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Meri Raffetto, RD, is a registered dietitian and recognized professional in the area of nutrition and wellness; she has been featured in Healthy Living Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. She is the founder and CEO of and author of The Glycemic Index Diet For Dummies.

Rosanne Rust, MS, RD, LDN, is a registered dietitian, freelance writer, and online weight-loss coach for Real Living Nutrition Services.

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