This Paleo Watercress & Apple Salad is made with fresh watercress, tart honeycrisp apples, bacon, toasted pipettes (pumpkin seeds), avocado and Paleo Sesame Ginger Dressing that’s definitely a keeper. Watercress is has a variety of health benefits, ranging from iron to calcium, folic acid, and Vitamin C. The tart and peppery watercress, sweet apples, earthy bacon and sesame ginger dressing make a really well balanced salad that’s light and delicious. Only one quick note – if you’ve never cooked bacon over a lower heat, I really suggest trying it…you may never go back!
As for the day, I took a personal day from work with my friend Kristin and we had the best time. We got our nails done, had mimosas, got hour long massages, then ate lunch at the beach, then went to the beach and relaxed. I really needed it! I feel like we’ve been going and going and going with no rest. I had so many knots in my upper back and shoulders it was ridiculous! Sometimes, even if it’s 45 degrees, it’s nice to just sit on the beach and feel the warm sun on your face. It makes me feel privileged to have it so close, as I grew up in Indiana and know how that is definitely a luxury. It’s also really great to spend some gal pal time. I never do it and when I do, I remember how much I miss it. Gonna have to remedy that this 2014!
Recipe: Paleo Watercress & Apple Salad
- Cut the bacon into strips or cubes depending on how you want to eat it later. Heat a pan over medium heat (~5) and add the bacon. I like doing a little lower heat because it doesn’t make the grease pop, but also, it really makes the bacon the perfect combination of crunchy without burnt.
- While the bacon is cooking (and I suggest moving it around every so often), slice the apple and avocado and make the dressing according to the directions here, adding the 1 tsp of reserved bacon fat.
- Toss the watercress in the dressing, then plate: watercress, apple, avocado, bacon, pepitas, dressing.
- This recipe can easily be made Vegan by omitting the bacon.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
Looking for something a little warmer? Try our Paleo Coconut Curried Butternut Squash Soup!