FOOD + DRINK, RECIPES + menus | July 24, 2008

Ode to the Watercress

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I love all green salads except for the watery Iceberg lettuce. Watercress is at the top of my list.

Very Nutritious

I make a watercress salad at least once a week. I will keep doing it now that I know that watercress is deemed to be a super-food by dietary experts.

Watercress is a top source of vitamins C, B1, B6, K and E, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Click here for a comparative nutritional analysis.

If you wish to add watercress to your diet, you can start with these super easy recipes.

Tea Sandwiches Recipes

I always want to host a tea party but never find the right time. In the meantime, I collect recipes and delightful tea leaves.

Nikki of Canarygirl proposes her Homemade Aioli and Baby Watercress Tea Sandwiches, a simpler version of the classic. Nikki elevates the sandwich by using an arabesque pattern breakfast china set.

The secret of the classic English tea sandwich is how the sweet cucumbers play against the peppery watercress while the butter and cream cheese add their own richness to the soft white bread.

Salad recipes

For a new potato and watercress salad, try the stunning looking recipe by Rob Rainford. He simply mixed new red and white potatoes, watercress, 2 garlic cloves with simple lemon and olive oil vinaigrette. On the picture, we see that he enhances the plate with juliennes of yellow and orange sweet peppers and edible flowers.

Kim’s Watercress, Capers and Red Pepper recipe

I make a French style salad with the classic Dijon olive oil vinaigrette.

Salad ingredients for 2:

  • 1 bunch of watercress on which your remove the big stems at the end
  • 1 tomato cut in 8 pieces (shape: half-quarter)
  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • 1 finely sliced sweet red pepper
  • Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper

Typical assembly: put the  ingredients in a salad, season to taste, add the vinaigrette, mix and serve immediately.

RECIPES:
+ Homemade Garlic Mayo and Baby Watercress Tea Sandwiches [Canarygirl]
+ Potato and Watercress Salad by Rob Rainford [Foodtv.ca] 
+ Watercress And Cucumber Tea Sandwiches [Cookthink]

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3 Responses to “Ode to the Watercress”

  1. Hmm, I love watercress!

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