Watercress, Citrus, and Avocado Salad

Change up this classic salad by trying other combinations: dandelion greens with a balsamic and dried-cherry vinaigrette, or arugula with a warm pancetta dressing and shaved Parmesan. For a heartier salad, add diced smoked turkey or chicken, or a crumble of cooked bacon.

watercress citrus salad

Makes four servings
Prep time: 10 minutes


  • 4 cups coarsely chopped watercress, stems included
  • 1 cup pink grapefruit segments, juice reserved
  • 11/2 cups diced avocado (about 1 avocado)
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced red onion
  • 1 tbs. white-wine vinegar
  • 4 tbs. walnut oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Toss the greens together with the grapefruit, avocado, and onion. Whisk the reserved grapefruit juice, vinegar, and oil together, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over the salad.

Food photography by Terry Brennan; Food styling by Betsy Nelson

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