Smoked Salmon & Watercress Salad With Red Onion-Caper Vinaigrette Recipe -
Smoked Salmon & Watercress Salad With Red Onion-Caper Vinaigrette Recipe

Smoked Salmon & Watercress Salad With Red Onion-Caper Vinaigrette

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"Start with a salad of smoked salmon and watercress. Try to buy the commercial bagged watercress that already has been cleaned to speed things along, or you may substitute other mixed salad greens. (I like to make sure there are some bitter ones, such as radicchio and arugula, along with milder greens, such as butter lettuce or baby spinach.) Also, because this is such a simple salad, all the ingredients should be top-quality. So spring for the best smoked salmon you can find."

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  1. Mix lemon juice, vinegar, mustard and a big pinch of salt and pepper to taste in a 1-quart Pyrex measuring cup. Add capers and onion; toss to coat. Slowly add oil, pushing onion aside and beating with a small whisk or fork to form a thick dressing.
  2. Mix watercress and half the salmon in a large bowl. When ready to serve, pour dressing over watercress and salmon; toss to coat. Arrange on salad plates, garnishing each with remaining smoked salmon.
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  • Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

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Jun 19, 2005

The dressing turned out to be too sour for me, so I added 1 teaspoon of honey to the mixture. In addition, I added sliced of cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, and used Dole's Spring Mix instead of watercress. It was delicious.

Nov 09, 2007

I'm rating this on the vinaigrette more so than the salad because the salad as written is quite simple. I made the dressing a day ahead of time to let the flavors meld. It is quite pungent with the red onions, dijon mustard, capers, lemon juice, and rice wine vinegar. But those strong flavors complement the simple salad perfectly! In addition to the lettuce and smoked salmon, I threw in pinenuts, grape tomatoes cut in half, and one avocado cubed. The creamy avocado and fresh smoked salmon were fabulous together. This is truly a salad fit for a meal!

Feb 25, 2006


Aug 22, 2007

I added slices of red potato to the salad and served an entire filet of salmon on top of each persons salad. Very elegant and so delicious!

Aug 13, 2007

This was really good. I left out the capers, as my husband and I don't like them, and added a tablespoon of honey- and mixed the dressing in my food processor. It was nice and simple but packed with flavor. A great, cool summer meal. Will make again as soon as my hubby smokes some more salmon!

Oct 13, 2012

I had a lot of watercress and found this. I mixed the watercress 50/50 with spring mix. I'm watching calories so I also cut the olive oil back to a few tablespoons and added an equal amount of water. I read the comments about adding something sweet so used Honey Dijon mustard. But the lemon/vinegar goes very well with the peppery bite of the watercress. Have most of a smoked filet flaked in a bag and with the dressing pre made this will be a super quick salad to whip up the next few days. I smoke salmon pretty frequently and this will be a regular rotation for the cold leftovers. Thanks.

Jan 05, 2010

I used mixed field greens and smoked salmon from Costco. Overall this is a delicious salad except that the dressing is too sour. I halved the recipe and served it as a meal for my husband and I. We both agreed that it's a delicious and healthy meal but if I make it again, I'll probably halve the amount of lemon juice and vinegar next time.

Jul 06, 2011

I wasn't expecting this, but this recipe is very, very good. A must try!


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  • Calories
  • 162 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 15 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 4.9 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 501 mg
  • 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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