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May 24, 2006

Good Foods Fight Illness (Apple-Onion Salad)

In my quest for ways to combine my love of food, science and good health, I sometimes turn up surprising information. This new study reports that . Apparently, the stinkier the onion, the greater the health benefit.

As for cooked onions, the researchers didn't test whether cooking affects their cancer-fighting ability.

The onion's cancer fighting abilities showed up best for colon cancer. Combined with , something like an can deliver a healthy one-two punch.

This salad is refreshingly light, flavorful, and good for you: a wonderful combination.

Apple-Onion Salad (courtesy of Epicurious)

1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 cup thinly sliced red onion

2 Gala apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 pound)

5 hearts of romaine lettuce, halved lengthwise
3/4 cup pecans, toasted, coarsely chopped

Whisk first 8 ingredients in small bowl for dressing. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Refrigerate. Rewhisk before using.)

Place sliced onion in medium bowl. Cover with cold water; let stand 30 minutes. Drain well. Place 1/3 cup dressing in another medium bowl. Add apples; toss to coat.

Trim off tips of romaine halves, leaving 5-inch lengths. Cut each romaine half lengthwise into 3 wedges. Fan wedges on large platter. Top with red onion slices. Drizzle salad with dressing, then sprinkle with apples and pecans.

Makes 10 servings.

So tie on your apron, tuck in your napkin and don't forget your breath mints!

Posted by linda at May 24, 2006 2:16 PM