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.
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'
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.
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.
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.