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Arugula and Watercress Salad with Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing

Arugula and Watercress Salad with Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing
1 vote, 4.00 avg. rating (79% score)

Yield: 8 servings

This salad of arugula and watercress, dressed with a light orange-poppy seed dressing, makes the perfect nest for the individual carved racks of lamb. This dressing would also be terrific tossed with a light luncheon salad of grilled shrimp, scallops, and baby greens.


  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 1 bunch arugula, washed and lower stems removed (about 1-1/2 packed cups)
  • 1 bunch watercress, washed, with lower stems removed (about 3 packed cups)


To make the dressing: In a bowl, whisk together honey, grated orange zest, orange juice, poppy seeds, vinegar, and salt. Gradually whisk in olive oil. Toss watercress and arugula in a large bowl. Before serving, add just enough dressing to coat greens; toss to mix well.

To serve: Place a nest of greens on each individual dinner plate. Top with carved lamb rack.
Updated Friday, April 4th, 2003

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One Response to Arugula and Watercress Salad with Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing

  1. Jennifer Paulaski April 15, 2003 at 9:38 pm #

    Very nice and refreshing! I like poppy seeds, but will use a little less next time.

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