Watercress and Goat Cheese Salad With Green Apple and Toasted Nuts and Honey Vinaigrette

Photo provided by Estancia Winery  --  On a hot day, serve a cool salad like Gail Simmons' Watercress and Goat Cheese Salad with Green Apple, Toasted Nuts and Honey Vinaigrette. A chardonnay wine is a good complement.
Photo provided by Estancia Winery -- On a hot day, serve a cool salad like Gail Simmons' Watercress and Goat Cheese Salad with Green Apple, Toasted Nuts and Honey Vinaigrette. A chardonnay wine is a good complement.

Watercress and Goat Cheese Salad With Green Apple and Toasted Nuts and Honey Vinaigrette

Serves 4. Recipe is by Estancia Winery Ambassador and “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons, who pairs the salad with Estancia Monterey County Chardonnay.

1⁄3 cup almonds or hazelnuts, coarsely chopped

3 tbls. fresh lemon juice

1 tbl. honey

2 tbls. extra-virgin olive oil

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 bunches watercress, tough stems removed

1 Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced

3 ozs. mild goat cheese, crumbled

1. In a small skillet, toast nuts over medium heat, watching closely and shaking pan evenly, until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice and honey; in a slow and steady stream, whisk in oil. Season with generous pinch salt and pepper. Add watercress, apple, goat cheese and nuts; toss to coat.