Avocado and Watercress Salad

15 mins (prep 15)
8 ingredients
makes 6 servings
Ruggiero couldn't figure out what made the salad dressing at New York's Natori so irresistible and was shocked when she finally got the secret ingredient out of the sushi chef: grated apple. Nor would you ever guess it from a bite of this dressing, since it's not at all sweet or fruity, just perfectly balanced and lip-smackingly delicious. Its slight pulp extends the unctuous richness of avocado and complements the clean assertiveness of watercress.

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  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar (not seasoned)
  • 1 tablespoon grated sweet onion such as vidalia or walla walla (use large holes of a box grater)
  • 1/4 cup finely grated peeled gala apple (use small holes of box grater)
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 cups watercress (thin stems and leaves only; from 1 large bunch)
  • 1 firm-ripe avocado


Serving Size (260.84 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 99.21 Calories from Fat 68.76
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7.64g 70.49%
Saturated Fat 0.61g 18.41%
Trans Fat 0.19g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 281.56mg 70.39%
Total Carbohydrate 4.27g 8.54%
Dietary Fiber 1.23 g 29.56%
Sugars 1.47 g %
Protein 5.81g 69.73%
Vitamin A 7549.93IU% Vitamin C 101.91mg%
Calcium 285.67mg% Iron 0.6mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
grated, or, gala apple, peeled