Watercress Salad with Cuban Mojo Vinaigrette

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Watercress Salad with Cuban Mojo Vinaigrette

The vinaigrette for the salad features the flavors of a classic Cuban mojo, a sauce made with olive oil, garlic, orange or lime juice, and cumin.


  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 rings fresh pineapple (1 inch thick) (canned pineapple works as well)
  • 2 bunches watercress, thick stems removed (can use 3 cups baby arugula if you can't find watercress)
  • ½ ripe avocado peeled and cubed
  • red onion slivers


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, orange juice, lime juice, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • IN a ceramic nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the pineapple rings and cook, turning once, until caramelized, 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Let the pineapple cool slightly and then cut into bite-size pieces.
  • Place the watercress in a medium bowl and toss with half the vinaigrette.
  • Arrange the watercress on a platter and top with the pineapple and avocado. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette and sprinkle with red onion.


From The Whole30 Cookbook by Melissa Hartwig (page 82).

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