Seasonal Recipes

Little Gem Wedges with Radishes and Green Dressing

 

Little Gem is a small, compact lettuce, upright like romaine, but with ruffled leaves like a butter lettuce head, that hold up well when cut into wedges. Green Goddess dressing, full of the herbs that give the dressing its name, is exceptionally flavorful.

For the dressing:

1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream or natural yogurt 
1 garlic clove, minced
5 anchovy fillets, minced
1/2 cup minced fresh chives
1/3 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 Tbs. minced fresh tarragon
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs. champagne vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper
 
4 to 6 heads Little Gem lettuce, or more if very small (or 1 iceberg lettuce)
8 radishes, red or white tipped, trimmed

 

To make the dressing, in a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, anchovies, chives, parsley, tarragon, lemon juice, vinegar, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper and whisk until well combined. Set aside.

Halve the Little Gems lengthwise and thinly slice the radishes crosswise. Arrange the Little Gems on a serving platter or distribute among salad plates. Sprinkle with the radish slices, drizzle with the dressing and serve. Serves 4.