Spicy Mediterranean Vinaigrette

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Spicy Mediterranean Vinaigrette

Sweet raisins, honey and carrot juice balance the heat of crushed red pepper in this brightly colored vinaigrette.

Yield: about 3/4 cup
Active Time: 20
Total Time: 20

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup carrot juice
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 4 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. Heat mustard seeds, coriander and cumin in a small dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add carrot juice and simmer over medium heat until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  2. Place raisins in a blender and add the hot juice. Let stand for 5 minutes to plump the raisins. Then add vinegar, cilantro, yogurt, honey, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper and blend until combined. Pour in oil and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving

calories 55
fat 5 g (1 g sat, 4 g mono)
cholesterol 0 mg
carbohydrates 3 g
protein 0 g
fiber 0 g
sodium 53 mg
potassium 50 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin A (40% daily value).

Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges 1 fat

From EatingWell March/April 2009