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Watercress, Pear, and Beet Salad

This salad is enhanced by hazelnuts and Roquefort cheese.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 1993


  • 1 bunch (4 to 5) beets
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts
  • 3 tablespoons hazelnut or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 1 Comice or Bartlett pear
  • 1/3 pound Roquefort


  1. Scrub beets and trim stems. Place in a small saucepan and cover with cold salted water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 40 minutes, or under tender. Cover with cold water; when cool enough to handle, slip beets out of their skins. Set aside.

  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet and toast until skins blister and nuts give off an aroma, about 10 minutes. Place in a dish towel; rub off skins. Let cool; chop coarsely.

  3. Whisk together oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

  4. Wash watercress and discard large stems. Toss with dressing and divide among 4 plates. Slice beets and pears and arrange on each salad. Cut cheese into 4 slices (or crumble) and divide among salads. Sprinkle with hazelnuts and serve.

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