This salad is bursting with flavor! Peppery watercress, salty pancetta, fruity apples and sugary-sweet pecans are served with crumbled goat cheese and an apple-honey vinaigrette.

Diabetic Living Magazine
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Recipe Summary

active:
40 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

Candied Pecans
Watercress and Pancetta-Apple Salad

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Prepare Candied Pecans: Preheat oven to 300F. In a small bowl beat egg white until frothy. Add pecans; toss to coat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Place brown sugar in a large resealable plastic bag. Add the pecans; shake well to coat. Spread pecans evenly in an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake about 20 minutes or until pecans are toasted and dry, stirring twice. Remove from oven; transfer to a large sheet of foil. Cool completely. Set aside (see Tip).

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  • Prepare Watercress and Pancetta-Apple Salad: For apple-honey dressing, in a screw-top jar, combine apple juice, the 1 tablespoon olive oil, the vinegar, honey, 1/8 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper. Cover and shake well; set aside.

  • Trim fat from pork. Cut pork into bite-size strips. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. In a very large skillet, cook pancetta over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon; transfer to paper towels. In the same skillet, cook and stir pork for 3 to 4 minutes or just until done. Remove with slotted spoon. If necessary add 1 to 2 teaspoons olive oil to skillet. Add apples; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until apples are crisp-tender, turning occasionally.

  • Arrange watercress on four dinner plates; top with pork and apples. Sprinkle with pancetta, pecans and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle with apple-honey dressing.

Tips

Tips: If using a sugar substitute, we recommend Sweet'N Low(R) Brown or Sugar Twin(R) Granulated Brown. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Nutrition Facts Per Serving with Substitute: same as below, except 234 calories, 11 g carb. and total sugar 9 g.

Once cooled, candied pecans can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

236 calories; protein 20.7g 41% DV; carbohydrates 11.9g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 1.7g 7% DV; sugars 9.3g; fat 12.1g 19% DV; saturated fat 3.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 59.2mg 20% DV; vitamin a iu 1103.9IU 22% DV; vitamin c 15.7mg 26% DV; folate 5.4mcg 1% DV; calcium 68.2mg 7% DV; iron 1.2mg 7% DV; magnesium 38.7mg 14% DV; potassium 517.3mg 15% DV; sodium 271.3mg 11% DV.