Cranberry and Watercress Salad

    20 minutes

    A fresh salad in a red wine balsamic vinaigrette. The salad features fresh watercress, sliced fennel, cranberries, diced radicchio, garlic and toasted pecans.

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    Serves: 20 

    • 60g dried cranberries, diced
    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
    • 1 cup (250ml) extra virgin olive oil
    • 6 bunches watercress - rinsed, dried and trimmed
    • 3 bulbs fennel - trimmed, cored and thinly sliced
    • 3 small heads radicchio, cored and diced
    • 1 cup pecan halves, toasted

    Preparation:20min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. In a bowl, combine the cranberries, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, garlic and salt. Whisk in the olive oil slowly to emulsify.
    2. In a large salad bowl, combine the watercress, fennel, radicchio and pecans. Stir the vinaigrette and pour over salad. Toss well and serve at once.


    Crumbled gorgonzola cheese would be a fabulous addition to this already delicious salad.

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    This salad really grew on me. It was a 4 with the first few bites, but by the time I finished, I wanted more. I halved the recipe, and even that made a ton--but the leftovers are just as good. If you have a mandoline, I'd suggest using that to cut the fennel nice and thin so it'll blend better with the salad, or you could use a food processor with the slicer blade. The only change I'd suggest is to add more cranberries and pecans, because they add a lot to the flavor but get somewhat lost with the amount of veggies.  -  20 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was so easy and delicious. Made a weeknight meal feel special. Didn't have radichio on hand so left it out and it was still great.  -  26 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is a very delicious salad if you can find some nice fresh fennel and watercress. Try Whole Foods.  -  25 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)