The Fantastic Mr. Feedbag

A website celebrating and enumerating Juneau, Alaska's food culture

Pagan’s Supreme Watercress & Herb Salad

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The best food in Juneau is the food that friends and family make and share at home. The dinner parties and potlucks get us through the tough winter months and further illuminate our midnight sun summer nights. Matt’s sister Tryphena was in town this weekend and our friend Pagan came to dinner on Saturday night with this incredible salad. It was too good not to photograph and feature on Feedbag.

The freshness of watercress, parsley, mint, and romaine create a lovely bed for the richness of hazelnuts and compliment the sweetness of navel orange. The dressing is a happy marriage of citrus, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and olive oil.

This salad is an all around winner winner chicken dinner. Minus, the chicken of course. Your whole family will win at life this spring if you make this incredible salad, guaranteed.

Thank you Pagan!

Ingredients & Instructions from Pagan:

– 3 oranges supremed, juice from discarded parts reserved
– 1 bunch watercress, washed
– 1 small bunch parsley, coarsely chopped ( I would have used flat leaf but they were out)
– 4 sprigs mint or about 1.5 tablespoons loosely chopped- I might put in more if I did it again
– 1 core of 1 large head romaine, sliced thinly
– 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts

– 1/4 cup orange juice
– 1/8 cup lime juice
– zest of 1/2 each lime and orange
– 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
– 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
– 1 teaspoon honey
– about 1/3 cup olive oil
– salt & pepper to taste

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Written by Patrice Helmar

April 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm

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  1. Hey! Thanks a million for memorializing this salad. I may never have written it down or made anything like it ever again if it weren’t for your awesome food bloggering skillz. This was my first time “supreming” any citrus fruit, it was super fun and way faster than I expected. The only other comment I have is the hazelnuts could certainly be subbed out for many different nuts. Maybe candied pecans would be a nice counterpoint to the bright, sharp citrus and the peppery watercress.


    April 4, 2011 at 9:09 am

  2. PS: Dinner was great, and the company was divine. That hot sauce (Soylent Green) is going to make you your first million. Seriously. I’ll take a case now. I want to put some in my coffee.


    April 4, 2011 at 9:13 am

    • Thanks P.

      I may or may not have a flask of hot sauce in my desk as I type this reply to you – I need to figure out a hot sauce of the month club or some way to distribute and mass produce all colors and varieties of that magical hot sauce!!!

      I have a little jar with your name on it.

      Patrice Helmar

      April 4, 2011 at 10:06 am

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