Serves 4

1 head Bibb lettuce
1 bunch watercress
1 cup golden raisins
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. finely minced fresh garlic
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Remove and discard old leaves from lettuce and watercress; then wash. Wrap in paper towels and refrigerate. Put raisins into small pot with water to cover, and simmer for 3 minutes. Take off heat and set aside so raisins can plump. In large salad bowl, place oil, lemon juice, vinegar and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Just before serving, remove greens from refrigerator and tear into large pieces. Drain raisins, discarding water. Mix dressing and raisins and greens, and sprinkle feta cheese on top. Serve at once.

From the book Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes by Maya Angelou. Copyright © 2004 by Maya Angelou. Reprinted by arrangement with Random House, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.


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