Watercress & Sugar Snap Salad with Warm Sesame-Shallot Vinaigrette

Watercress & Sugar Snap Salad with Warm Sesame-Shallot Vinaigrette

In this Asian-inspired salad, the peppery flavor of watercress is paired with another emblematic spring vegetable—sugar snap peas. Tossed with a warm dressing made with caramelized onions, rice vinegar and toasted sesame oil, this salad is the perfect antidote to the chill of early spring. For the best-tasting watercress, look for supple, thin stems (not woody stalks) with small, heart-shaped, dark green leaves that have no yellow blemishes.

Nutirion Profile: Diabetes Appropriate Healthy Weight High Calcium Low Calorie Low Carb Low Cholesterol Low Sodium

Serves Prep Time Total Time
4 25 min 25 min

Directions

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces fresh sugar snap peas, trimmed (about 2 cups; see Tip)
  • 2 large bunc watercress, woody stems trimmed (4 ounces or 4 loosely packed cups)
  • 2 tablespoon peanut oil, or canola oil
  • 4 large shallots, thinly sliced into rings
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup crumbled hard, aged goat cheese, or Asiago cheese

Cooking Instruction

Step 1

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add peas and cook until bright green, 30 seconds. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water until cool. Transfer to a large bowl, add watercress and toss to combine.

Step 2

Heat peanut (or canola) oil in a medium nonstick skillet over low heat; add shallots and cook very slowly, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in vinegar, sesame oil and salt; cook until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Pour the warm dressing over the peas and watercress; toss well. Top with cheese and serve.


Nutrition

  • Serving: Per serving
  • Calories: 185
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Potassium: 150mg
  • Sodium: 99mg
  • Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 high-fat meat, 2 fat
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

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