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Watercress Salad with Persimmons and Hazelnuts

Serve this light and delicious watercress, persimmon, and hazelnut salad -- it's a great meal on its own or as a starter.

  • servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon sherry-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 2 bunches watercress, washed and well dried, tough stems removed
  • 4 heads red endive, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup blanched hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 2 to 3 medium Fuyu persimmons, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
  • 4 ounces soft, ripened goat cheese, such as Bijou, Humboldt Fog, or Bucheron, cut into 8 wedges

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a large bowl, whisk together shallot, orange juice, vinegar, honey, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Slowly whisk in oils until mixture is emulsified; season with salt and pepper.

  2. Step 2

    Add red endive and watercress to bowl with dressing; lightly toss. Add hazelnuts and transfer salad to a large chilled platter. Place persimmon wedges and cheese around edge of platter; serve immediately.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show

Reviews (4)

  • 28 Jan, 2009

    to loki5- persimmons are available Nov. to Feb. I am sure you can substitute them for peaches, or roasted golden beets, or roasted butternut squash.

  • 19 Jan, 2009

    Cheese paper is a great way to store your cheeses. Specifically designed to keep cheese fresh and delicious, cheese paper has an outer waxy layer and an inner plastic layer that allows the cheese to breathe.

  • 17 Jan, 2009

    I'm an Aussie and heard Martha mention that the audience would receive cheese and "cheese paper". I am very interested to learn what that is. Can anyone help me?

  • 16 Jan, 2009

    I would love to make this salad but doubt I ever will. I live in the country and even the nearest large city does not have persimmons. I could find the hazelnut oil and sherry vinegar if I were willing to drive for 2 hours to that "nearby" city but it will have to wait till my net scheduled trip. As for the watercress, I will probably have to grow that in the garden next summer. It is possible that I could gather the ingredients by this coming fall, I think.