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Watermelon, Mâche, and Pecan Salad

Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep time 20 mins
Bake time 7 mins
Cool time 15 mins
Yield Makes 6 to 8 servings
Mâche, a tender heirloom variety of lamb's lettuce, has a slightly sweet, nutty flavor, but the salad is equally good prepared with baby lettuces.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 5 cups seeded and cubed watermelon
  • 1 (6-oz.) package mâche, thoroughly washed
  • Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette
  • 1 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake at 350° for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant. Cool on a wire rack 15 minutes or until completely cool.

  2. Combine watermelon and mâche in a large bowl; add vinaigrette, tossing gently to coat. Transfer watermelon mixture to a serving platter, and sprinkle evenly with pecans and cheese.