Watercress, Pistachio & Beet Salad

Watercress, Pistachio & Beet Salad

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2014

Sweet, quick-pickled beets, peppery watercress and the delicate licorice flavor of crunchy fennel make a healthy salad that artfully balances flavor, texture and color.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 pound medium beets, peeled and sliced into ¼-inch rounds
  • 4 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white-wine vinegar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup plus 2 teaspoons, divided
  • Pinch of salt plus ¼ teaspoon, divided
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 10 cups watercress, trimmed
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed, cored and thinly sliced; fronds reserved
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped salted pistachios
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta or goat cheese


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  1. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket. Add beets, cover and cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Combine 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 tablespoon syrup and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Stir in the beets. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes and up to 2 days.
  2. To serve, whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, 2 teaspoons syrup, ¼ teaspoon salt, oil and pepper in a large bowl. Add watercress and sliced fennel; toss to coat. Arrange the beets around the edge of a platter and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the pickling liquid. Mound the salad in the center. Top with pistachios and cheese. Garnish with chopped fennel fronds, if desired.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare beets (Step 1); cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1⅔ cups
  • Per serving: 166 calories; 11 g fat(2 g sat); 4 g fiber; 15 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 98 mcg folate; 6 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 1,341 IU vitamin A; 21 mg vitamin C; 105 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 276 mg sodium; 544 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (35% daily value), Vitamin A (27% dv), Folate (24% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1½ vegetable, 2 fat

Reviews 1

December 27, 2016
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By: ahetz
I will make this again! It was DELICIOUS. I made it with goat cheese because I just think beets and goat cheese belong together. Very tasty, VERY healthy!
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