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Quick and Easy, Salads, Vegetarian

Fennel, green apple and watercress salad

Fennel, green apple and watercress salad
Jennifer S. Altman / For the Times

When Nancy Silverton spots a caprese salad on a menu in winter, she says, "I don't stay in that restaurant." Nothing is a surer sign of seasonal insensitivity than the routine tomato-basil-mozzarella assemblage offered up in months with R in ... Read more

Time: 15 minutes | Serves 6
  • 1 small bulb fennel, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced about 1/2 -inch thick
  • 1 green apple, cored and very thinly sliced
  • 4 basil leaves, washed and cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup good-quality olive oil
  • Juice and zest of 2 small lemons
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 bunches watercress, picked and washed
  • 3/8 cup roasted Marcona almonds
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins, soaked in warm water to soften and drained
  • 2 tablespoons grated pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fine, dry bread crumbs

Step 1In a large bowl, combine the fennel, celery, apple and basil and toss to mix. Add the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper and toss to combine completely.

Step 2Just before serving, add the watercress, almonds and raisins and toss again. Divide among six salad bowls.

Step 3Combine the cheese and bread crumbs and sprinkle over the salads. Serve.

Note: Adapted from A Voce in New York. Roasted Marcona almonds are available at most markets.

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