Watercress Salad w/Manchego, Membrillo & Almonds

Watercress Salad W/manchego, Membrillo & Almonds

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Chowhound. If you cannot find membrillo, you can substitute with quince jam, fig or cherry jam or preserves, guava paste or similar. Don't omit the membrillo or jam or else the flavor of the salad will be unbalanced.


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15 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 1 clove
    garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 stick
    sherry vinegar
  • ·
  • 1/4 c
    extra virgin olive oil (spanish if you have it)
  • 2 bunch
    watercress, stemmed and washed
  • 1/2 c
    slivered almonds, toasted (i used marcona almonds)
  • 4 oz
    manchego cheese, shaved into thin slices (i tried with a combination of manchego and murcia al vino)
  • 4 oz
    membrillo, cut into small dice

How to Make Watercress Salad w/Manchego, Membrillo & Almonds


  1. Combine the garlic, sherry vinegar, and a couple pinches of salt in a medium, nonreactive bowl. Whisking constantly, add the olive oil in a steady stream until completely incorporated.
  2. Combine the watercress, almonds, half of the cheese shavings, and half of the diced membrillo in a large serving bowl (also non-reactive!). Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
  3. Divide the salad among 4 plates and garnish with the remaining cheese and membrillo. Serve immediately.

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About Watercress Salad w/Manchego, Membrillo & Almonds

Course/Dish: Lettuce Salads
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Spanish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian

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