Citrus Watercress Salad with Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette

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Citrus Watercress Salad with Vanilla Bean VinaigretteRecipe

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Look for brightly colored cara cara and blood oranges, which are available this time of year.

Makes 6 servings


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1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 vanilla bean
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 large oranges
2 ruby red grapefruit
1 large watercress bunch (about 2 cups)
2 radishes, thinly sliced


Hands-on: 25 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 25 Minutes

1. Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Split vanilla bean in half lengthwise; scrape seeds with the back of a paring knife into oil mixture. Whisk to combine. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Whisk in salt and pepper.

2. Cut away rind and white pith from oranges and grapefruit. Cut each into 1/4-inch-thick rounds.

3. Combine watercress and 1 tablespoon dressing in a large bowl; toss to coat. Arrange on a platter, reserving a few leaves. Top greens evenly with citrus rounds, radish slices, and reserved watercress leaves. Serve with remaining dressing.

Created date

February 2016