Watercress & Grape Salad with Creamy Cabernet Dressing

I’ll admit that I’m somewhat of an adventurous eater. I think most food bloggers can say that. At restaurants I try to order things that I’ve never had… or at least things that I haven’t yet tried making myself. It keeps things interesting, I think.

Greens are one of those foods I’ve been having fun experimenting with this year. I’ve found that I absolutely adore swiss chard, I tried mizuna in a stir fry and loved it, and arugula & mache have become my favorite greens to toss into salads and onto pizza. Beet greens will be next… I love beets themselves but have never tried to saute the greens. Something tells me they’ll be good too.

My mother was visiting last week, and I thought I’d introduce her to some greens that I knew she’d never had before. We visited Specialty Produce and picked out some rather leafy-looking watercress as well as heads of green and purple Belgian endive.  Watercress comes in little bunches and it has little leaves. For a salad, its best to mix it with other greens.
And we made this: Watercress- Grape Salad with Creamy Cabernet Dressing
First things first. I love wine, and I love cooking with wine. It’s a rare evening that I don’t indulge in a glass of red, so throwing a little bit of it into a salad dressing sounded like a good idea to me! It was a good idea. This pink-tinged salad dressing was delicious… just a touch of rice vinegar & dijon mustard, and a dollop sour cream made it slightly creamy.
I love making salads that aren’t the ‘typical’ same-old boring salad. This one was very different- the salad consisted of watercress, endive, grapes and avocado.   You may notice that the salad doesn’t have gobs of creamy dressing on it… we lightly dressed it & tossed it, and it was perfect that way.

This salad was amazing… we all agreed. My mother is one of the pickiest eaters I know (sorry Mom but you know that, right?!) and she enjoyed this salad too. Of course, you can make this salad with other greens, and I think it would be just as good. But do yourself a favor and try something different for a change- because you MIGHT just find that you like it!

This recipe can be found here:  Watercress- Grape Salad with Creamy Cabernet Dressing

22 Responses to “Watercress & Grape Salad with Creamy Cabernet Dressing”

  1. postedApr 1, 2009 4:57 AM

    That looks like such a delicious, healthy salad!! I love the addition of creamy avocado and sweet grapes – yum!

  2. postedApr 1, 2009 5:50 AM

    I adore experimenting with greens! They’re so versatile, healthy, and delicious. Speaking of delicious, your salad looks fabulous. I’m sure your mom was totally enthralled!

  3. postedApr 1, 2009 6:59 AM

    What an awesome looking salad. We have salad everyday at my house and are always looking for new interesting dressings. But we’ve never tried adding wine to one. Looking forward to trying this soon. Thanks so much for posting.

  4. postedApr 1, 2009 6:40 AM

    Your salad looks wonderful. The photos of it are amaizing. I enjoy food blogs for the amazing photos and receipes since I am not much of a cook.

  5. postedApr 1, 2009 7:22 AM

    I’m with ya on the different salads. This looks really good and I’m interested in that dressing! 🙂

  6. postedApr 1, 2009 7:47 AM

    I bet the avacado’s went perfect with this. This is my kind of salad

  7. postedApr 1, 2009 7:48 AM

    I love the idea of tossing some red wine into salad dressing! Looks delicious. And how fun to try new things with your mom along!

  8. postedApr 1, 2009 8:05 AM

    I love trying new things. Gorgeous salad. I can’t wait to try that dressing!

  9. postedApr 1, 2009 8:08 AM


  10. postedApr 1, 2009 10:14 AM

    I’ve been on such a salad kick these days. I’m sure it has to do with the arrival of spring. Your salad looks amazing! Not to mention intriguing. I always nip while I cook too. I can’t say I’ve ever tossed in the wine with avocado. Very interesting thought, indeed!

    Thanks for sharing…

  11. postedApr 1, 2009 10:25 AM

    Ooh yum!! I love fruit in salads and this is totally calling to me!! I just made a creamy chicken sauvignon.. the wine sure makes a great dressing doesn’t it! 🙂

  12. postedApr 1, 2009 10:39 AM

    Looks so DAMN good and I love the Cabernet in the dressing.. Perfect timing on this post as we are getting into Salad season!!

  13. postedApr 1, 2009 12:57 PM

    This is looking really good right now. I just need the warm weather to go with it!

  14. postedApr 1, 2009 3:06 PM

    Very cute blog!

    The salad looks wonderful – I love the grapes in it!

  15. postedApr 1, 2009 6:06 PM

    I just love the sound of this! I will have to add it to my list of salads for summer.

  16. postedApr 2, 2009 3:45 AM

    Haha, well I can’t be TOO adventurous with my eating, since I have so many food allergies 😉

    BEYOND amazing salad!!

  17. postedApr 2, 2009 2:27 PM
    RecipeGirl's Mom

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  18. postedApr 2, 2009 8:44 PM

    This salad seems perfect for lunch, or even a light dinner, and the dressing sounds even better!

  19. postedApr 3, 2009 4:57 AM

    That looks really, really GREAT! I’ve never had a cabernet dressing before, but it sounds perfect. I must try this. Great blog, by the way!

  20. postedApr 5, 2009 3:15 PM

    Looks fantastic! I love watercress, and most greens, even dandelion greens. Yep, I said it.


  21. postedApr 7, 2009 11:47 AM

    Oddly enough, I am looking high and low for great new salad recipes. I adore all the greens that come into season starting about now, but have never tried watercress! Thanks for the recipe.

  22. postedApr 10, 2009 9:01 PM

    This looks like a very delicious and healthy salad. Love the addition of grapes to it. It must add a nice taste to it.

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