Spring is approaching and the weather is getting a little warmer. I promised more salads and I hope I am satisfying the request. I feel like a salad is what you make it but we can definitely get in a rut with dressings and and the things we put on top of our lettuce. This was a thrown together salad I made last week but it ended up really good. I had the idea for the dressing, but since the salad was our only side I felt something other than just lettuce was needed.
1 C shaved carrots (just use a veg peeler to get thin strips)
1/2 corn kernels
1/4 C sliced olives
1 large heart of romaine, chopped
Creamy Cumin Lime Dressing:
1/8 tsp cumin seeds
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp (heaping) light sour creamjuice of 1 lime*
zest of 1/2 lime
1/4 tsp pasted or grated garlic
dash crushed red pepper flake
salt and pepper
In a dry pan over medium heat toast cumin seeds for 2-3 minutes. When you start to smell them they are done; cool. Lightly crush seeds. (I used the curved back of a heavy ice cream scoop because I didn't want to get out the mortar and pestle for such a small amount.... worked really well).
Combine all dressing ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste.
*If the lime does not give off a lot of juice, use red wine vinegar or other mild vinegar. You want 2 tsp-1 Tbsp total of acid.
Combine corn, carrots, and olives. Add about 2 tsp of dressing; mix. Let sit 30 minutes.
Toss lettuce in half of remaining dressing. Top with "slaw". Serve the rest of the dressing on the side.
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