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Watercress and Tenderloin Salad with Arugula Vinaigrette

Posted By Simon Clarke On 2012/05/02 @ 1:32 pm In Celiac, Gluten-free,Eggs,Fish,Grilling,Main Dishes,Milk/Dairy,Other Legumes,Peanut,Salads,Salads,Sesame,Shellfish,Soy,Spring,Sulphites,Summer,Tree Nuts,Wheat | No Comments

Allergic Living Magazine [1]Serves 4-6

Free of: Gluten and Top 8 allergens.


  • 2 lbs (900 g) beef tenderloin*
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 large bunches (4 cups) watercress, washed


  1. Pre-heat grill on high. Rub beef with 3 tbsp of olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Coat well and set aside 10-15 minutes.
  2. Grill tenderloin until seared on all sides. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking with the lid closed, 12-15 minutes for medium-rare. (Internal temperature of 130°F for medium-rare, 140°F for medium taken with a probe thermometer.) Remove beef from the grill, tent with foil and let stand for 15 minutes.
  3. Arrange watercress on a serving platter. Thinly slice beef and arrange on top of watercress.
  4. Drizzle generously with vinaigrette (see recipe below) and serve.

*Note: Budget-friendly flank steak also works ­well. Follow the same method, but adjust cooking time. Grill over high heat 4-6 minutes per side for medium rare.

Arugula Vinaigrette


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) gluten-free Dijon mustard
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh horseradish, grated
  • 2 cups (475 mL) fresh arugula leaves, washed
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place all ingredients except olive oil in a blender. Purée on high for 30 seconds, then add olive oil in a steady stream until well combined.


Recipe by Simon Clarke

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