Simple watercress salad with fresh peppery watercress and a hot bacon apple cider dressing.
- 2 bunches watercress (Try to get mature watercress as shown in the photo, not the hydroponic watercress that Whole Foods carries. It will hold up better to the hot dressing.)
- 3-4 slices bacon
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- Salt and pepper
- A pinch of ground mustard
- A pinch of paprika (sweet)
1 Prep the watercress: Rinse thoroughly the watercress, removing old leaves and thick stems. Set aside in a serving bowl.
2 Cook the bacon: Heat a small stick-free pan on medium heat and cook the bacon until done, several minutes on each side. Remove the bacon from the pan and put on a paper towel. Keep the bacon fat in the pan.
3 Make the dressing: Add the cider vinegar and sugar to the bacon fat. Stir to dissolve. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, add a pinch of ground mustard and a pinch of paprika. Taste and adjust seasoning. This is a sweet-sour dressing, so if it is too acidic, add a bit more sugar, if too sweet, add a bit more vinegar.
4 Pour hot dressing over watercress: Bring the dressing to a simmer. Pour over the watercress. Crumble the bacon over the top. Toss and serve.