I am definitely on a salad roll lately and the reason for this roll is twofold, my friends.
I make them because I have to eat them and I keep making new ones because it’s bad enough that the majority of my meals are salad, it would be absolutely unbearable if I had to eat the same one over and over again.
Here is where I think we go wrong: same lettuce, same ranch dressing, same chicken breast. Boring!
There are so many varieties of salad greens available nowadays that actually alter the taste of your salad quite a bit.
Let’s take watercress.
What is so great about watercress?
I have to admit it’s pretty British of me to use it. Apparently, peasants used to eat watercress with bread and it was known as a “poor man’s sandwich”.
It has a mild peppery taste that is absolutely delicious in salads and is one of the best pairings for roast beef. If you are watching your weight, do you know that lean roast beef is just as good as chicken breast?
Variety is key here for sure.
I absolutely loved this watercress and roast beef salad, which actually became my dinner.
Why is this watercress and roast beef salad is a real winner?
The combination of watercress and roast beef livened up by sweet cherry tomatoes, crunchy tenderstem broccoli and mildly spicy spring onions dressed with creamy yet zesty horseradish dressing is absolutely matchless.
I was quite apprehensive that the horseradish dressing would become the dominant flavour but was pleasantly surprised that it did exactly what it was supposed to do-pulled all the flavours together without taking the center-stage.
I was so impressed with this unique and tasty dressing that I mixed up a whole jar, enough for many salads.
- 3 cups Watercress
- 1 cup broccoli florets I used tenderstem broccoli/broccolini
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes red and yellow, halved
- 3 spring onions sliced
- 4 oz/100 g roast beef cut in strips (I used my own leftover roast beef but deli roast beef could be substituted)
- pumpkins seeds optional
For the dressing
- 2 tbsp creamy horseradish
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- ¾ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 tbsp Greek yogurt
- Toss watercress, broccoli florets, sliced spring onions and cherry tomatoes.
- In a medium bowl combine horseradish, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and salt with a whisk. Slowly pour in olive oil in a thin steady streamy while whisking the whole time until incorporated.
- Mix in Green yogurt.
- Dress your salad with creamy horseradish dressing and divide among two salad bowl.
- Top with sliced roast beed and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.
The recipe is adapted from Food and Wine “Quick from scratch one-dish meals cookbook”.