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Friday, April 05 2013

In this Asian-inspired salad, the peppery flavor of watercress is paired with another emblematic spring vegetable - sugar snap peas. Tossed with a warm dressing made with caramelized onions, rice vinegar and toasted sesame oil, this salad is the perfect antidote to the chill of early spring. For the best-tasting watercress, look for supple, thin stems (not woody stalks) with small, heart-shaped, dark green leaves that have no yellow blemishes.

Watercress & Sugar Snap Salad with Warm Sesame-Shallot Vinaigrette
Recipe from 
Servings: 4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each
Prep Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
  •  ounces  fresh sugar snap peas, trimmed (about 2 cups; see Tip)
  •  large bunches  watercress, woody stems trimmed (4 ounces or 4 loosely packed cups)
  •  tablespoons  peanut oil, or canola oil
  •    large shallots, thinly sliced into rings
  •  tablespoons  rice vinegar
  •  teaspoons  toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  cup  crumbled hard, aged goat cheese, or Asiago cheese
Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add peas and cook until bright green, 30 seconds. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water until cool. Transfer to a large bowl, add watercress and toss to combine.
Heat peanut (or canola) oil in a medium nonstick skillet over low heat; add shallots and cook very slowly, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in vinegar, sesame oil and salt; cook until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Pour the warm dressing over the peas and watercress; toss well. Top with cheese and serve.
Tip: To remove the stem and strings at the same time from sugar snap peas, hold the stem between your thumb and index finger, snap and pull down.
nutrition information
Per serving: Calories 185, Total Fat 14 g, Saturated Fat 5 g, Monounsaturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 15 mg, Sodium 99 mg, Carbohydrate 8 g, Fiber 3 g, Protein 7 g, Potassium 150 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin A 40%, Vitamin C 30%, Calcium 20%. Exchanges: Vegetable 1.5, High-Fat Meat 0.5, Fat 2. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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