• 1 Cup California raisins
  • 1/4 Cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Honey-Raisin Syrup*
  • Salt; to taste
  • 1 fresh ripe tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper; peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 red onion, julienne
  • 1 head butter lettuce, cut into quarters
  • 1 package mixed greens
  • 20 stems of watercress, leaves only


Just before serving, combine raisins with vinegar in large mixing bowl; set aside until raisins are plumped. Then, add black pepper, cumin, olive oil and Honey-Raisin Syrup*; season with salt, to taste, and mix thoroughly. Add tomato, bell pepper and onion; toss gently to coat well.

To serve, arrange lettuce and mixed greens on serving platter; top with watercress. Then, spoon vegetables on top; pour any dressing remaining in bowl over all. Serve at room temperature.

Note: For Honey-Raisin Syrup, combine 1 part rose honey with 4 parts California Raisin Juice Concentrate; mix well.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 140 (Calories from Fat 24%); Total Fat 4 ( Saturated Fat 0.5; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 0; Sodium 25; Potassium 450; Total Carbohydrate 26; Dietary Fiber 3; Sugars 22; Protein 2; Calcium 53; Iron 2;

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- by James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.