Everyday Food: Shake it up, then dress it up

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Pour it on: quick ideas for lemon-herb dressing

• Use as a marinade for chicken or pork chops.

• Mix with warm boiled new potatoes.

• Drizzle over baked fish, such as salmon or cod.

• Brush on crusty bread and grill or broil.

• Toss with steamed or grilled vegetables.

• Mash with feta for a quick crostini spread.

Lemon-herb dressing

Makes 1 cup

In a medium jar with a tight-fitting lid, place 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest plus 1/4 cup lemon juice (from 2 lemons), 2 teaspoons each honey and Dijon mustard, 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons each chopped fresh chives and chopped fresh parsley, and 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon. Season with coarse salt and ground pepper, tighten lid, and shake to combine. To store, refrigerate, up to 5 days.

Nutritional analysis per 2 tablespoons: 134 calories, 14 grams fat (2 grams saturated fat), 0 grams protein, 2 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams fiber, 94 percent of calories from fat.

Spring vegetables with shrimp

Serves 4

1. Cook 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, in boiling water until opaque throughout, about 1 minute. Drain and run under cold water.

2. Divide 1 large head frisee, torn into bite-size pieces; half an English cucumber, thinly sliced; and 4 radishes, thinly sliced, among four plates. Toss shrimp with 1/4 cup lemon-herb dressing. Season with coarse salt and ground pepper and divide among plates. Serve with 1/4 cup dressing.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 266 calories, 16 grams fat (2 grams saturated fat), 24 grams protein, 5 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 54 percent of calories from fat.

Tangy pasta salad with spinach

Serves 4

In a large bowl, toss 3/4 pound cooled cooked short pasta, such as campanelle, with 3 large celery stalks, thinly sliced; 2 cups baby spinach, chopped; 1/4 cup capers, rinsed and chopped; and 6 tablespoons lemon-herb dressing. Season with coarse salt and ground pepper. To store, refrigerate in an airtight container overnight.

Nutritional analysis: 421 calories, 12 grams fat (2 grams saturated fat), 13 grams protein, 69 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber, 26 percent of calories from fat.

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Shake things up with a versatile blend of fresh herbs and bright flavors that you make in a jar.

“Everyday Food” magazine offers quick, healthy solutions for everyday meals, from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living. For more recipes and additional tips, visit www.marthastewart.com/everydayfood.

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