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by Stephanie Michelle Scott, RDN

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Registered Dietitian Colorado Springs, Nutritionist Colorado Springs, Health Coach, Online Nutritionist, Online Dietitian, Eating Psychologist, Mind Body Nutrition Coach

Sesame Watercress Salad with Asian Pears

 

It might be cliche for a dietitian to post a lot of recipes for salads, but the truth is... I eat a lot of them.  Not because I'm dieting or trying to lose weight, and not because they're low in calories. In fact a lot of the salads I eat are actually quite high in calories.  But the reasons behind why calories don't count is a topic for another day... 

Salads tend to get a bad rap and have a reputation for being "diet food", but in reality they're just a fresh and delicious way of providing your body with a ton of nutrients at one meal.  Think of fresh salads as nature's multi-vitamin.  The more color the more nutritious, however keeping your salads simple increases the likelihood that you'll actually eat them.   

My favorite kinds of salads are quick to throw together and as easy to make as they are delicious. My rule of thumb is to try and get in at least one salad a day that includes one or two handfuls of greens with one or two additional fruits or vegetables.

That's it.

And that's why I love this salad.  

 
 

This salad is adapted from Colorado Colore and combines peppery watercress with crisp asian pears, shredded carrots, and a sweet and tangy asian peanut dressing.  If you're not familiar with asian pears they're a delicious high fiber fruit with a a crisp apple-like texture that holds up well in salads.  I love the texture and subtle sweetness they add to this salad. 

 
 

This salad is delicious on it's own, but to make it a more balanced meal I added some leftover shredded chicken for protein.  Feel free to mix with additional greens like fresh chopped spinach, and top with sliced green onions and chopped cilantro for even more flavor.  

 
 

Sesame Watercress Salad with Asian Pears

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

    1 (1/2 inch) slice fresh ginger

    1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

    1/4 cup rice vinegar

    3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

    2 tablespoons water

    1 1/2 teaspoons coconut sugar or honey

    1 teaspoon organic sriracha or asian garlic chili paste

    1/4 tsp salt

    2 medium Asian pears, sliced into bite size pieces

    2 bunches trimmed fresh watercress

    2 carrots, shredded

Optional Toppings

    shredded chicken

    sliced green onions

    chopped cilantro

Combine the ginger, peanut butter, vinegar, sesame oil, water, sugar, sriracha, and salt in a blender and process until smooth.

Toss the pears, watercress, and carrots in a bowl and drizzle with the dressing to taste.  Add toppings as desired.

Eat slowly.  Savor.  Enjoy.

 
Stephanie Scott