Notes: Apple wood-smoked bacon adds especially rich flavor to this salad. Use leftover cooked chicken or buy roast chicken from a deli. Choose a pungent blue cheese such as Oregon blue, Roquefort, or gorgonzola.
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- Calories: 458
- Calories from fat: 71%
- Protein: 25g
- Fat: 36g
- Saturated fat: 10g
- Carbohydrate: 12g
- Fiber: 3.5g
- Sodium: 768mg
- Cholesterol: 129mg
- 1 pound sliced bacon (see notes), coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup tarragon-flavor vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- About 1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground pepper
- About 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 quart lightly packed watercress sprigs (4 oz.), rinsed and crisped
- 5 quarts finely shredded lettuce (use half butter lettuce and half iceberg or all iceberg)
- 2 firm-ripe tomatoes (2/3 lb. total), rinsed, cored, and chopped
- 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced skinned cooked chicken (7 oz.; see notes)
- 2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese (3 oz.; see notes)
- 2 hard-cooked large eggs, shelled and chopped
- 1 firm-ripe avocado (1/2 lb.), halved, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced crosswise
- 1. In a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, stir bacon often until browned and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes; spoon out and discard fat in pan as it accumulates. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to towels to drain; discard remaining fat in pan.
- 2. In a 1-cup glass measure or small bowl, mix olive oil, vinegar, mustard, shallot, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- 3. Set aside 4 to 6 watercress sprigs; coarsely chop remaining sprigs. In a large bowl, combine chopped watercress and lettuce. Add all but 2 tablespoons dressing and mix gently to coat.
- 4. Arrange equal portions of lettuce mixture in wide, shallow bowls. On each, in pie-shaped wedges, arrange equal portions of bacon, tomatoes, chicken, blue cheese, eggs, and avocado.
- 5. Spoon remaining dressing evenly over toppings. Garnish salads with reserved watercress sprigs. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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