Watercress and goat cheese summer salad

“Salad is never more appetizing than when served in a large wooden bowl

Dorothy Draper

..as long as it’s mixed with some eye-catching ingredients too.

hello chefs,

Salad can be unglamorous and boring even if it’s healthy, don’t you think?

My family thinks I’m boring because I eat mainly salads. Well, i like salads because it’s the only food that doesn’t make me fall asleep.

Some of my close friends are not so…how shall I say it delicately…creative when it comes to salads. They don’t even think it’s food. I just hope they don’t read this.

So when you want to prepare something to eat but without a lot of effort, something that tastes like you spent the afternoon shopping in an upscale market, what can be better than a good healthy contrasting delicious colorful crunchy fresh salad? if you’re asking me…well, a lot of things like chilling under the Tuscan sun, shopping in Paris, flying first class but…let’s just stick with the salad now shall we.

Do you love watercress? if you’ve never had it why don’t you give it a try. It’s a herb widely used in Europe and rich in vitamin C and iron. But aside from its benefits I love the tangy taste, especially when I combine it with other fresh greens, or soups. watercress summer salad

Jazz up your salad with watercress and the addition of fresh sliced strawberries helps to make the salad colorful and refreshing. Nothing says summer more than red juicy berries right? This salad might even surprise the kids. Look, with kids it’s straight forward: either they will hate it or be all over it. It happens to me all the time. First they say no, then they taste, than it’s gone, than I make another one. 🙂

watercress goatcheese summer salad

A good salad starts with basic lettuce then you add whatever you like, build it up in layers, it’s like art class. The “fuller” the salad the more “dinner” appeal it gets. Then, complaints that “there is nothing to eat in this house” magically disappear. It’s fun to make and eat and so colorful to look at you’d even want to take pictures of it.

Shall we:


2 cups Romaine lettuce (washed, dried and roughly cut)
bunch watercress, remove tough stems (washed and dried)
sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
4 small radishes, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup canned artichoke hearts (drained and roughly cut)
1 tsp each toasted white and black sesame seeds (use both or either)
kosher salt and black pepper to taste
3 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp dried orange zest
(store-bought or you can make it yourself)

The dressing: in a bowl combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and paper. Whisk until well combined. Set aside.
Assembly: in a large platter place Romaine lettuce mixed with watercress, radishes and artichoke hearts. Top with crumbled goat cheese and garnish with strawberries. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and dried orange zest. Drizzle the dressing on top and all around the salad.

Serve with toasted french or country bread (optional).

watercress goat cheese summer salad

This juicy salad can turn any blah moment to a special one. It’s very light and refreshing…almost like taking a cool shower on a hot summer day

…or maybe not.

But it’s a good as it sounds.

Bon appetit

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