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.
Little Gem Wedges with Radishes and Green Goddess Dressing
For the dressing:
1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) mayonnaise
1/2 cup (4 oz./125 g) sour cream
1 garlic clove, minced
5 anchovy fillets, minced
1/2 cup (3/4 oz./20 g) minced fresh chives
1/3 cup (1/2 oz./15 g) 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
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.
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