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We paired peppery watercress with bright rhubarb and sweet berries in this spring salad recipe.

Ingredients

  • ½ medium rhubarb stalk, very thinly sliced on a diagonal
  • 6 oz. strawberries, hulled, halved, sliced if large
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bunch watercress, tough stems removed
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced on a diagonal
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Poppy seeds (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Toss rhubarb, strawberries, lemon juice, and honey in a medium bowl to combine.

  • Arrange watercress, basil, and cilantro on a platter, then scatter scallions over. Season with salt and sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Spoon berry mixture and juices over; drizzle with oil and sprinkle with poppy seeds.

Reviews Section

Watercress Salad With Strawberries and Feta

Sally is the author of four cookbooks and is a regular correspondent for the Boston Globe Wednesday Food Section. She also is a food photographer.

Spring has finally arrived, and with it the appearance of longed-for exhilarating spring flavors. Like strawberries!

Once you have savored these fresh, ripe berries for breakfast, in a pie, and in a bowl covered with cream, you'll start looking around for other ways to use them.

Might I suggest this simple, yet beautiful, spring salad?

This salad features all four of my favorite flavor components: something sweet (juicy strawberries), salty (fresh feta), crunchy (toasted almonds), and refreshing (cucumbers).

Add one more element of "something unexpected" and you have a salad that really sings. Here, the surprise is the peppery explosion of watercress and radishes and some lively mint. (You could use either mint or basil, or both, depending on what you can find—they add a nice punch to the salad.)

If you are lucky enough to find young watercress with thin, tender stems, you will not need to do anything except rinse and shake off the moisture. For bunches with thicker, tougher stems, just remove the bottom thick ends, and keep the leaves on their upper stems.

And let's not leave out the visuals. Serve this stunning tangle of spring ingredients all by itself on salad plates so you can really show off its beauty. It's almost too pretty to eat! But of course, you should.


Fava, Strawberry, Watercress Trifecta Salad

I had to open with that (perhaps?) overly cute mock salad race because I realize that I’m proposing a rather unconventional combination. Fava, Strawberry and Watercress are not three flavors typically brought to you by my frenemy The Jolly Green Giant (in a frozen green cube). There’s nothing ho-ho-ho humdrum on this plate. This perfectly seasonal combination of sweet, sour, salty and rich isn’t a co-mingling that most folks would consider competitive, but I know that it’s a winning trifecta of flavor. GREG

Fava Strawberry Salad with Watercress

Print This Recipe Total time 6 minutes Yield 6 Source Inspired by California Strawberries Published April 7, 2014

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon mild white vinegar (such as Champagne)
  • ½ cup grape seed oil (or other mild flavored oil)
  • 2 cup shelled fava beans (about 4 pounds in the pods)
  • 2 cup fresh strawberries (washed, dried, stemmed and quartered lengthwise)
  • 1 small bunch fresh watercress (tough stems removed washed and dried)
  • pecorino cheese (to taste)

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk together both vinegars and the olive oil until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper. This recipe makes just under 1‑cup, more than needed for this salad. Refrigerate the extra for another use.

Prepare an ice-water bath set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add fava beans, and cook 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to ice-water bath to stop the cooking. Drain fava beans and then pinch off the skins (you should have about 2 cups). Discard skins.

Add the fava beans, strawberries and watercress to a large bowl. Drizzle in vinaigrette to taste toss to mix. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt a pepper.

Transfer the salad to a serving plate or divided among individual plates. Using a vegetable peeler, shave a few shards of pecorino over the top serve immediately.


Strawberry Watercress Salad

Fresh strawberries, avocados and grapes are marinated in a honeyed citrus marinade and arranged atop a bed of watercress with a garnish of sliced brie cheese.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup each grapefruit juice and orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup honey
Dash salt
2 pint baskets fresh California strawberries, stemmed
2 avocados, pitted, peeled and cut into wedges
1 cup stemmed seedless grapes
2 bunches watercress, trimmed
Sliced brie cheese or blue cheese crumbles for garnish
Crackers for accompaniment

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large bowl mix citrus juice, honey and salt to blend. Add strawberries, avocados and grapes toss. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 1 hour.
  2. To serve, arrange watercress and fruits on eight salad plates. Serve garnished with a slice of brie or blue cheese crumbles, and crackers for accompaniment.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy California Strawberry Commission. ©2003 California Strawberry Commission. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


Watercress, Strawberry & Feta Cream Salad – Recipe!

I have spring on the brain, even though most of the country is still fighting the cold weather. Here in Los Angeles we are lucky enough to have fresh organic strawberries already. Growing up in Southern California, we used to stop at the roadside stands and buy fresh strawberries as soon as the farmers started selling them. I love strawberries in a variety of things, but especially salads. Strawberries heighten the flavors of other vegetables when paired together, that’s why they go so well with greens.

Watercress is one of those greens that is sometimes overlooked, but it is actually packed with tons of vitamins and has a slight earthy taste, that’s unique. When strawberries and watercress are combined the flavors are delightful and the feta cream just adds some salty magic to the salad. This salad is great for lunch or dinner and you can double or triple the recipe if needed.

Ingredients

3 cups watercress, organic preferably

6 large organic strawberries

2 heaping tablespoon light sour cream or plain Greek yogurt

2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed from stems

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Vinaigrette

1 teaspoon whole grain mustard

1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey

1. Wash and dry the watercress and place in a bowl. In a stand mixer or a large bowl, combine the feta, sour cream, thyme leaves and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend the mixture together on high speed for 2 minutes, or until light and creamy. Place the feta cream in a bowl.

2. Wash and slice the strawberries and place them in a bowl. In a mason jar, combine the mustard, vinegar, agave nectar, olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Shake the jar until the vinaigrette has thickened slightly, about 1 minute.

3. To plate the salads, get all the ingredients in place (mise en place) and make a schmear of feta cream on one side of the salad plate. You will probably have some feta cream leftover, but it makes a great dip with fresh veggies.

4. Then, add some watercress to the center of the plate and top with half the strawberries. Sprinkle the salad with almonds.

5. Using a teaspoon, drizzle a little vinaigrette over the entire salad. Enjoy!


Golden Door’s Watercress, Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

Perfectly pretty and simple yet full of flavor, this summer salad from Golden Door in Escondido, California, is as tasty as it is eye-catching. A little crunchy spice from the peppery watercress, sweet juiciness from the strawberries, and soft creamy goodness from the goat cheese, this salad offers a balance of taste elements that combine to create a well-rounded salad.

We love the balsamic strawberry dressing, which strays from the conventional balsamic vinaigrette we usually see for a salad like this. Great for picnics and summer dinner parties, this salad is sure to be a hit. Feel free to add some blueberries to the mix to make it a festive salad for the Fourth of July! Also, watercress can easily be substituted for arugula, another peppery green.

“Red wine vinegar is assertive and winey while white balsamic vinegar is mlder and sweeter either is very good in this recipe – choose your vinegar according to which quality you prefer or which vinegar you have in your pantry,” Canyon Ranch says. “Regular balsamic would also be tasty, but will significantly affect the color of the final dish. Whichever vinegar you use, if the strawberries are extremely sweet, you may want to use the greater amount called for below.”

Watercress, Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

1½ pints (12 oz) fresh strawberries, sliced (2 cups)
1½ tsp minced shallot
1½ tsp-1 tbsp red wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
⅛ tsp freshly ground pepper
4 cups watercress, whole leaves and tender stems (about 1 bunch)
1 oz. fresh or aged goat cheese, crumbled (¼ cup)

Instructions:

1. Combine half of the sliced strawberries and 2 tbsp water in a blender. Blend until just pureed, stopping the blender if necessary to push the strawberries down with a spoon a few times. Strain the puree through a mesh strainer set over a medium bowl to remove the seeds.
2. Add the shallot and vinegar to the strawberry puree and whisk to blend.
3. Whisking constantly, drizzle in the olive oil and continue whisking until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. You may prepare the dressing and store it, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days.

4. Arrange 1 cup of watercress on each of four salad plates. Scatter the remaining 1 cup sliced strawberries over the salads. Drizzle 2 tbsp dressing over each salad. Scatter the goat cheese over each salad and serve.


HealthY, HaPpy & WhOle

Fresh flowers…plus an opportunity to use our Wedding china…love this day!


Summary: I love Valentine’s Day. For me it’s not about buying an expensive gift or making any grand gesture it’s about showing your loved one that you care for him, you care about him, you know him…and I love making something special out of it…We have a home-made / creative gift policy. It’s a test. Lets see how well we know each other and what new and goofy way we make each other laugh. I love to plan a multi course dinner where we both cook and share the experience, drink a little wine and just enjoy our company. I mean it seems more special if you both had something to do with it ..right? I believe in keeping an independent life from your partner but I also believe that sharing some interests and activities are just as important. I think it creates a stronger bond between the couple. But enough rambling about love and relationships…

Here is a VERY SIMPLE SALAD recipe…that is perfect for today…or any other special day of the year. The salad itself only contains 4 ingredients!! It’s so simple – sweet, crunchy, creamy and fresh…It’s visually stunning and delicious. The flavors work so well together. I had never made a watercress salad before, but they are beginning to show up fresh in the supermarket so..I had to buy it and test it out. I am so pleased with the results. It’s soft and tender in flavor plus the leaf is so beautiful. It’s the perfect leafy green to add to a salad when you are entertaining or want to replace the same boring lettuce. Plus did you know that watercress is a diuretic and great detox food? Which makes it the perfect food just before your period (you know what I mean…when you feel bloated and just uncomfortable with yourself….Now you’ve got a natural remedy for it…and a cheap one too!) Hope you enjoy this!

Yield: 2 to 3 side servings or starter salads

Ingredients:
FOR THE SALAD:
4 cups watercress or arugula
1/2 lb. fresh strawberries, stem removed & sliced
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds

HONEY-BALSAMIC DRESSING:
3 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tbsp thick/creamy balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp honey
1/8 tsp of each – salt & pepper

1. Wash the salad ingredients and air dry. Add the watercress into a big bowl, layer the sliced strawberries, crumbled feta and finish off with the almonds.

2. Prep the dressing: in a small ramekin or bowl whisk all the ingredients.

Close up of the finished salad:

Happy Valentine’s DAY! ! Hope your day was filled with messages from loved ones, sentiments from friends and even some time with that special someone!

A quote to finish off this non- traditional personal post: “Paradise is always where love dwells.”


Spinach Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad

A delicious Spinach Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad, with watercress, tossed in a light maple vinaigrette and topped with sliced strawberries, goat cheese, maple-glazed walnuts and balsamic glaze.

This strawberry salad makes me happy just to look at, with it's bright colours! This salad is so much more than a pretty plate, though. There is so much goodness going on here I couldn't fit it all in the title.

It starts with baby spinach and some watercress. I love watercress. It adds great texture to a salad and it's a nutritional powerhouse that's often overlooked. The greens are tossed in a simple maple vinaigrette. Not a lot - just enough to moisten it. The greens are then topped with sliced strawberries, goat cheese crumbles, maple-glazed walnuts and a balsamic glaze.

It's worth mentioning again the maple-glazed walnuts, because they are seriously delicious. Walnuts are a nice nut and all, but they can tend to be a tiny bit bitter. It's amazing what a quick trip to a skillet will do though, when you add a bit of maple syrup. All at once, they are toasted and glazed in maple sweetness and I guarantee, you'll be snacking on them beyond this salad!


Chef Preston uses Infinite Harvest Bibb lettuce in Grind Kitchen’s Strawberry Pear Salad.

Bibb lettuce is generally synonymous with the varietals butterhead or Boston lettuce.

Where to Buy Infinite Harvest
Infinite Harvests’ microgreens and living lettuces can be ordered online and picked up at the company’s vertical farm in Lakewood, CO Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Infinite Harvest microgreens are available for purchase at select grocery stores along the Colorado front range and at over 30 Whole Foods Market locations in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Texas.


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