Nectarine and Watercress Salad with Apple Dressing

Nectarine and Watercress Salad with Apple Dressing

Dressing
¼ cup apple vinegar
2 small shallots, cut into thin rings
1 large nectarine, cut into chunks
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 tsp. fresh tarragon leaves
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground black pepper

Salad
4 cups watercress leaves and small, tender stems
2 nectarines, halved and cut into 1cm thick slices
8 cherry tomatoes, halved (1 cup)
½ small cucumber, halved and sliced
¼ cup chopped toasted pecans, for sprinkling

Preparation

To make Dressing: pour vinegar over shallots in small bowl; let stand 10 minutes.
Place nectarine, oil, tarragon, salt, and pepper in blender.
Drain vinegar into blender; reserve shallots.
Blend Purée nectarine-vinegar mixture until smooth.
Season with salt and pepper as desired.

To make Salad: Toss together watercress, nectarines, tomatoes, cucumber, and reserved shallots in large bowl. Drizzle with Dressing, and toss to coat. Sprinkle with pecans.

Serves 4

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