This simple watercress salad celebrates all the flavors that define Spanish cuisine, and includes “Mom’s” favorite Spanish cheese, Manchego.

Watercress Salad with Manchego, Membrillo, and Almonds


1 medium garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
Kosher salt
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 bunches watercress, stemmed and washed
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
4 ounces Manchego cheese, shaved into thin slices
4 ounces membrillo, small dice


Combine the garlic, vinegar, and a couple pinches of salt in a medium, nonreactive bowl. Whisking constantly, add the olive oil in a steady stream until completely incorporated.

Combine the watercress, almonds, half of the cheese shavings, and half of the diced membrillo in a second bowl.
Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Divide the salad among 4 plates and garnish with the remaining cheese and membrillo. Serve immediately.

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