From green salads and stir frys to soups, quiches, and pastas, watercress can be used in a variety of ways. Try these watercress recipes and this healthful, cruciferous green vegetable may quickly become a regular at your table.See Popular Watercress Recipes
This lemony stew has a delicious mix of spinach, sorrel, watercress, romaine, and herbs.
Watercress has a peppery bite that provides contrast to mild-mannered asparagus in this simple main-dish salad.
Takashi Yagihashi crusts strip steak with a spicy wasabi-horseradish cream, then serves it with miso-glazed potatoes and deep-fried salsify (a root vegetable). For a healthier way, coat lean but tasty flank steak with bottled horseradish and wasabi -- no cream. Skip the salsify.
Sophie Dahl likes eating peppery watercress in the spring and has figured out a way to highlight its bright flavor in this silky soup. A single tablespoon of cream gives the vivid green soup a touch of richness.
This salad is a well-rounded meal in itself, supplying a wealth of nutrients, including vitamins A and C. "I grew up in the French countryside," Laurent Gras says. "So vegetable-heavy dishes make me feel like I'm back home."
"This is the dish that sums up the whole collaboration between Chris and me," says Andrew Mariani of Sonoma's Scribe Winery. His friend Chris Kronner, chef at Bar Tartine in San Francisco, sautes guinea hens in bacon fat, then roasts them in Scribe's wood-burning oven; he serves them with vegetables braised in whatever Scribe red wine is on hand.
Charles Phan of the Slanted Door in San Francisco serves this sweet and vinegary Vietnamese dish with a tart dipping sauce of lime juice, salt, and pepper. Serve the beef with fresh lime wedges instead of a dipping sauce.
This savory main-course salad is as satisfying as it is restorative. "According to Thai belief, both peas and pea shoots are revitalizing, as well as good for digestion," Su-Mei Yu says. "And escarole strengthens muscles and bones."
If you like, add grilled chicken to make this rainbow-colored salad a main dish.
Watercress gives this vegetarian quiche a peppery bite while wheat berries and egg whites give it a healthy facelift.
Kevin O'Connor, former wine director at Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills, roasts chicken with white wine, whole garlic cloves and plenty of herbs; then he takes some of the fragrant juices left in the pan and mixes them into sauteed morel mushrooms and a lush vinaigrette for watercress.
Food lovers look forward to the first fresh fava beans of spring. Look for them at farmer's markets, Middle Eastern markets and well-stocked supermarkets. You could also use fresh lima beans or edamame (fresh soybeans) and prepare them the same way.
30 minutes or fewer. This refreshing salad makes a lively accompaniment for just about any Mediterranean dish, including pizza.
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The fish sauce and peanuts in this seafood stir-fry are hallmarks of Vietnamese cooking. Ample amounts of fresh ginger and lime juice bump up the flavor of the dish.