Make Ahead

Melon and Watercress Salad with Honey-Marcona AlmondĀ Dressing

August 12, 2011
1 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Serves 2-4
Author Notes

I looked into my fridge, saw a bunch of beautiful, fresh ingredients and wanted to figure out a creative way to use a number of them. Voila! —em-i-lis

Test Kitchen Notes

The sweetness of the melon and figs combine deliciously with the saltiness of the cheese in this salad. If you can't find watercress, peppery arugula makes a great substitute. The thoughtful directions avoid all wilting -- be sure to spoon the dressing over the salad instead of mixing all of the ingredients together. This colorful salad makes a delightful contribution to a late summer potluck. —Ellen M.

What You'll Need
  • For the salad
  • 1 bunch watercress, washed, large stems removed and reserved
  • 1 hunk of cantaloupe (or similar melon), sliced thinly into 3" strips
  • 1 to 2 fresh figs, sliced very thinly lengthwise
  • 4 leaves fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 handful Blue cheese for crumbling on top
  • For the dressing
  • 1/2 cup reserved watercress stems, including any small leaves still attached
  • 1 small handful Marcona almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 dash Good quality olive oil
  • 1 splash Fresh lime juice
  • 1 dash Salt and pepper
  1. Casually layer the first four salad ingredients on a serving dish and crumble the blue cheese on top.
  2. In a mini-food processor (or the like), blend watercress stems, almonds, honey, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and squeeze some lime juice in. Blend again. Taste, adjusting ingredients to your preferred consistency and zing.
  3. Spoon dressing over the salad and serve.

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5 Reviews

Maggie O. September 19, 2016
"Lengthwise" is misspelled. The figs in the photograph are cut crosswise, rather than lengthwise, as in the directions. But an intriguing combination of flavors.
JanetFL September 25, 2012
Beautiful salad - will try it with a Golden Dewlicious melon and no figs since I can't get them now....
em-i-lis September 25, 2012
sounds wonderful, janet!! let me know what you think, and thank you!
em-i-lis August 12, 2011
Thank you!! We loved it!
sexyLAMBCHOPx August 12, 2011
Looks delicious and refreshing.