Artichokes, Asparagus, and Watercress Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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For the vinaigrette:

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon sugar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the salad:

1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed

1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

1 (12-ounce) can artichoke hearts in water, drained and halved

1 tomato, cored and chopped

1 bunch watercress, tough stems removed


  1. To prepare the dressing: In a small bowl, combine the vinegar mustard, cumin, and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Whisk to blend. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, mixing until the vinaigrette is emulsified. Set aside.
  2. To prepare the salad: Fill a medium bowl with 2 cups of ice cubes and cover with cold water. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and blanch until tender but not mushy, about 3 minutes. Drain the asparagus in a colander and transfer to the ice water bath to stop the cooking. Drain again and place on a paper towel-lined plate to dry. Cut the asparagus stalks into thirds.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the blanched asparagus, parsley, artichokes, tomatoes, and watercress. Whisk the vinaigrette to combine and pour over the salad. Toss to coat and serve.

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