Iceberg lettuce with mint, radish and avocado dressing

Iceberg lettuce with mint, radish and avocado dressing

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From
Mr Wilkinson's Simply Dressed Salads
Serves
2-4
Photographer
Jacqui Melville

This salad has an amazing dressing. Also known as a green goddess dressing, it’s a simpler version of the one by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse fame in Berkeley, California.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 large iceberg lettuce, washed and torn
6 french breakfast radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 handful mint, washed and torn

Avocado dressing

Quantity Ingredient
1 large avocado, (see note)
150ml pouring cream
250ml olive oil
1 french shallot, finely chopped
10 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
60ml chardonnay vinegar, or any good vinegar, (see glossary)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 small handful flat-leaf parsley, washed and finely chopped

Method

  1. To make the dressing, remove the peel and stone from the avocado, roughly chop the flesh and place in a mixing bowl with the cream. Blitz together using a hand-held blender until smooth. Carefully fold in the other dressing ingredients until incorporated. Season with salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Place the lettuce in a mixing bowl and dress the leaves until they are coated. Any left-over dressing will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days before it starts to discolour.
  3. Add most of the radish and mint to the salad and toss. Place in a serving bowl. Finish off with the remaining radish and mint, and a wee bit more dressing, then it’s ready to go.

Note:

  • For the avocado, I use the Reed variety. But if you can’t get hold of a really large avocado, use 2 regular avocados, or even 3 if small.

    The super avocado dressing has a multitude of uses. For other tasty ideas, see the chapter introduction.
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