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Watercress and Hearts of Palm Salad With Tahini Dressing

A light, hearty salad
E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune; Shannon Kinsella/food styling

Watercress is part of the cabbage family, and is a very delicate green. For a light salad before a big meal, this is an ideal option. 

This recipe is by JeanMarie Brownson and was originally published in the Chicago Tribune

Ready in
15 m
15 m
(prepare time)
1 m
(cook time)
6
Servings
177
Calories Per Serving

Ingredients

For the tahini dressing

  • 1/4 Cup sesame tahini paste
  • 1/4 Cup safflower oil
  • 1/4 Cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt

For the salad

  • 1 bag (4 ounces) small watercress leaves
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, very finely sliced
  • 1/2 Cup pomegranate seeds, optional
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole hearts of palm, drained
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

Directions

For the tahini dressing

Put tahini paste, oil, vinegar, salt and 1/4 cup water into a blender.

Process until smooth.

Add another tablespoon or two water if needed to make a thick, but pourable, dressing.

Taste and adjust salt as desired.

You’ll have about 1 cup. Dressing will keep refrigerated for several days.

For the salad

Pile watercress in the center of a serving platter.

Scatter red pepper pieces and optional pomegranate seeds among the leaves.

Slice a couple of the hearts of palm lengthwise in half and place on platter.

Slice remaining hearts of palm into ¼-inch thick rounds and scatter over the watercress.

Sprinkle everything with black pepper.

Dollop with some of the dressing and serve right away.

Nutritional Facts
Servings6
Calories Per Serving177
Total Fat15g23%
Sugar2gN/A
Saturated1g7%
Protein4g8%
Carbs9g3%
Vitamin A38µg4%
Vitamin C21mg24%
Vitamin E3mg23%
Vitamin K51µg43%
Calcium108mg11%
Fiber3g14%
Folate (food)45µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)45µg11%
Iron3mg17%
Magnesium42mg10%
Monounsaturated3gN/A
Niacin (B3)1mg6%
Phosphorus135mg19%
Polyunsaturated9gN/A
Potassium278mg6%
Riboflavin (B2)0.1mg9.3%
Sodium311mg13%
Thiamin (B1)0.2mg13.3%
Water103gN/A
Zinc1mg12%