Watercress

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.

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Veal Stew with Spring Greens

Food & Wine

This lemony stew has a delicious mix of spinach, sorrel, watercress, romaine, and herbs.

Total: 2 hrs 15 mins

Shrimp & Watercress Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Watercress has a peppery bite that provides contrast to mild-mannered asparagus in this simple main-dish salad.

Total: 15 mins

Wasabi Flank Steak and Miso-Glazed Potatoes

Food & Wine

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.

Total: 40 mins

Zucchini-and-Watercress Soup

Food & Wine

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.

Total: 35 mins

Roasted Guinea Hens with Braised Vegetables

Food & Wine

"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.

Total: 2 hrs 30 mins

Crunchy Vegetable Salad with Sauteed Peas and Radishes

Food & Wine

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."

Total: 50 mins

Shaking Beef

Food & Wine

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.

Total: 1 hr 30 mins

Warm Escarole Salad with Snow Peas and Sausage

Food & Wine

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."

Total: 40 mins

Goat Cheese and Roasted Beet Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Midwest Living

If you like, add grilled chicken to make this rainbow-colored salad a main dish.

Wheat Berry-Watercress Quiche

Better Homes and Gardens

Watercress gives this vegetarian quiche a peppery bite while wheat berries and egg whites give it a healthy facelift.

Roasted Herb Chicken with Morels and Watercress Salad

Food & Wine

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.

Total: 2 hrs 30 mins

Fava Bean Salad with Watercress and Pecorino

Panera Bread®

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.

Total: 31 mins

Watercress, Orange and Olive Salad

Vegetarian Times

30 minutes or fewer. This refreshing salad makes a lively accompaniment for just about any Mediterranean dish, including pizza.

Tomato Egg Salad

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 25 mins

Mushroom Salad with Walnuts and Watercress

Atkins - Phase 2

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Total: 31 mins

Vietnamese-Style Shrimp and Watercress Stir-Fry

Food & Wine

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.

Total: 25 mins
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