Mediterranean Vinaigrette (with Radicchio and Butterhead Lettuce)

Makes ¼ cup / Serves 4
This spicy Mediterranean style dressing heightens the mellow flavor of soft butter head lettuce. Decorate with colorful shreds of radicchio and other garnish.

Ingredients
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 cup carrot juice
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
6-8 sprigs fresh cilantro
1-tablespoon plain yogurt
1/4-cup extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 head butter head lettuce
1 head radicchio
Garnish: Black olives, cucumber, carrots and croutons'

 

 

Directions

  1. In a small skillet, heat the cumin and coriander over medium heat until fragrant, 2–3 minutes. Add the carrot juice and gently simmer over until reduced by half.
  2. Place the raisins in a bowl and pour the hot carrot juice over them, allowing them to plump for 5 minutes. Whisk in the remaining ingredients and blend to emulsify. (Can be made in a blender). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Season a wooden salad bowl by rubbing with a clove of garlic and salt. Add the salad greens, and spoon over the dressing, to taste. (Reserve additional dressing in a covered jar in the refrigerator.) Garnish with the black olives, cucumber, carrots and croutons.