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Orange and watercress salad

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 2-4
Dietary Vegetarian


  1. Finely grate the zest of two of the oranges, avoiding any pith, then peel them with a sharp knife, removing all the pith.

  2. Run a sharp blade either side of the thin membranes, releasing whole segments one at a time. Let them drop into a bowl along with any juice that drips while you are performing this operation.

  3. Make a dressing by mixing the olive oil with 1 tbsp saved juice, the finely grated zest, a pinch of sugar and a little salt and pepper.

  4. Toss the leaves with this dressing just before serving and scatter the segments of orange among the leaves.


  • 4 oranges
  • a good bunch watercress
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch sugar
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper

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