Sunday, January 24, 2016

Watercress Salad w/ Creamy Mascarpone Vinaigrette

Is it possible that watercress is the Fountain of Youth?

"The top dog, the unrivaled champion, the chairman of the cutting board, watercress may also be the closest thing yet to a true anti-aging food."*


In addition to keeping skin dewy and youthful, raw watercress contains four times the beta carotene of an apple to boost immunity, and is believed to help fight cancer. So do yourself a favor inside and out - eat up!

Ingredients:

For the Vinaigrette:

3 tablespoons mascarpone
1/3 cup coconut cream, preferably Trader Joe's
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
Small garlic clove, minced

For the salad:

2 cups watercress, washed thoroughly and towel dried
3 heads Belgium endive, washed and towel dried
2 red grapefruit, outer peel removed, segments cut away from outer membranes
2 pomelos, outer peel removed, segments cut away from outer membranes
1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
Salt and Pepper to taste


Topping:

1/2 cup slivered almonds, slightly roasted in pan on stovetop
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

Directions:

1. Put ingredients for the vinaigrette in a medium-sized bowl; whisk to mix completely.

2. Put the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add about half of the vinaigrette and mix thoroughly. Taste. Add more vinaigrette, salt and pepper as desired.
Store extra vinaigrette in the fridge and use on salads, vegetables, or fish.

Serves 4.

#salad #vegetarian #watercress #glutenfree #healthyeating #cleaneating #fountainofyouth

* "SUPERFOOD #1 Watercress; Nutrition Score: 100," article on Huffington Post website.