Day 276: Watercress, Clementine & Blue Cheese Salad ◄

This salad is so simple and sooo good. Call it 'my favorite new salad'.

It had me dreaming! It had me planning a 6am grocery run! (Bette yet: I just talked to the produce manager by phone. The beautiful bags of watercress he found in the back for me yesterday for $2 a bag are 'expired' now so he's going give me whatever I want for a buck! We'll be wallowing in watercress for a few days! Any ideas? What would you do? And can I preserve it somehow?)


The magic is in the combination of the peppery watercress with the tang of tangerine (spiked up with orange in the bare amount of dressing) with the stinky sour of the blue cheese. Heaven on a plate.

Portion size is interesting here. Eight ounces of watercress and a single tangerine and a single tablespoon of blue cheese would generously serve four. But for a dinner party, or some special meal, this is so flavorful that truly, it'd serve eight. At the same time, it absolutely
qualifies as something so good one could "easily make a meal out of it ".

NEXT TIME Not a single change!

FROM THE ARCHIVES Until now, this was my favorite winter green salad. It's in the Recipe Box.

WATERCRESS, CLEMENTINE & BLUE CHEESE SALAD
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Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes or
Serves 4 or 8 (or 1?)


DRESSING
1/2 tablespoon good olive oil
1/2 tablespoon orange juice concentrate (gives really strong orange flavor)
1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar

8 ounces fresh watercress
2 green onions, chopped

1 tangerine, sections cut in thirds
1 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles (it's enough, I promise!)

Whisk the dressing ingredients. Toss the watercress and green onions with the dressing. Sprinkle tangerine and blue cheese on top. Serve and enjoy!!

NUTRITION ESTIMATE
Serving 4, Per Serving: 49 Cal (48% from Fat, 17% from Protein, 35% from Carb); 2 g Protein; 3 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 5 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; NetCarb 4; 92 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 73 mg Sodium; 3 mg Cholesterol, Weight Watchers 1 point

Serving 8, Per Serving: 24 Cal (48% from Fat, 17% from Protein, 35% from Carb); 1 g Protein; 1 g Tot Fat; 0 g Sat Fat; 2 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; NetCarb2; 46 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 37 mg Sodium; 1 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 1 point

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing", Total Recipe: 195 Cal (48% from Fat, 17% from Protein, 35% from Carb); 9 g Protein; 11 g Tot Fat; 4 g Sat Fat; 19 g Carb; 4 g Fiber; NetCarb15; 369 mg Calcium; 1 mg Iron; 293 mg Sodium; 11 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 4 points

ALANNA's TIPS
  • When you see this in the title and the Recipe Box, you know the recipe's a personal favorite. Tastes vary, of course, but the mark is one indication of another vegetable recipe that's worth paying attention to.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT'S DUE
Adapted from Bon Appetit April 1995


(c) Copyright 2006 Kitchen Parade

8 comments:

Thanks for posting this recipe so quickly, Alanna. I will get myself straight to the market to buy some watercress and clementines. Can't wait to try it!!

Sounds really wonderful. When I was a kid we used to pick watercress wild by the side of the ditches in northern Utah. Now that area is so developed I doubt you could find it any more. I could tell I was going to be a foodie when I loved it and the rest of my sibs could not stand it.

What a yummy looking salad Alanna! Love the colors and how it's arranged on the brown plate. Thank you for sharing!

Thanks for all the compliments, all -- this is truly a wonderful salad, I've now had it four times (that's one of the things that happens when you buy 6 pounds of watercress for $1, the other is that you do endless posts on watercress ...) and haven't yet gotten the least bit tired of the bright flavor. Hmm. Must be time for lunch!

Thanx for the watercress idea!!! I have a similar favorite salad in which I use romaine and a mixture of other lettuces, canned mandarin oranges, blue cheese and walnuts! Can't wait to try it your recipe! I think I'll throw some walnuts on it; I love the crunch!

Hey Alanna-

I notice you live (or did in '06) in the STL area- where did you buy watercress? I have this and another recipe to try that calls for it. :D

-Jen

Hi Jen ~ I keep an eye out for watercress but don't have a 'regular' place. Schnucks often has it in a hydroponic form (that's what I was using for this salad, it wasn't selling so they sold me a whole case for a couple of dollars) but I've seen the 'wild' version (not wild, I'm sure, but in a tight bunch) at Whole Foods, maybe Dierbergs too.

My 'sense' is that it's a winter-y green, hitting STL when it's very early spring in California. I harvested some in the wild here in April or so.

What could you substitute for the watercress? We don't see it in the stores in West Tennessee.

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