Spicy Mediterranean Vinaigrette

Spicy Mediterranean Vinaigrette

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

From EatingWell: March/April 2009
Yield: about 3/4 cup
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  2. 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  3. 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  4. 1/2 cup carrot juice
  5. 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  6. 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  7. 4 sprigs fresh cilantro
  8. 1 tablespoon nonfat plain yogurt
  9. 1 teaspoon honey
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  11. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  12. Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  13. 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

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 55 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 4 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 53 mg sodium; 50 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (40% daily value).

Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 fat