Watercress, pear, fig, walnut & pomegranate salad

watercress, walnut, pear, fig & pomegranate salad
Cooking is all about flavour combinations. It’s about understanding how to put ingredients together to make an explosion of complimentary salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami flavours. Once you understand these flavours, you can’t unlearn it, and the best thing is that you’ll be able to cook without recipes and still be able to make awesome food. For this salad I went a bit overboard with some classic duo combos like:

Watercress & Pear
Fig & Walnut
Pomegranate & Walnut
Pear & Fig
Pear & Walnut
Pomegranate & Fig

Any of the above duos would work normally but putting all 4 ingredients together should work nicely as well….well I thought so anyway, try for yourself.
watercress, walnut, pear, fig & pomegranate salad

Salad (serves 2)

1 bunch of watercress (destemmed and roughly chopped)
1 pear (cored and sliced thinly)
2 figs (sliced)
1 handful of pomegranate seeds
1 handful of walnut kernels (toasted)


1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1 tablespoon Vincotto (Or you can subsitute with caramalised Balsamic)
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Toss all the salad ingredients together. Add dressing to taste. Add a dollop/piece of soft cheese (I’ve used cottage here) to finish.

Eating something tasty and healthy can’t be simpler than that.
watercress, walnut, pear, fig & pomegranate salad