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.

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

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.

Smoked Salmon Stacks

Better Homes and Gardens

The piquant flavor of capers perfectly accents the salmon for these colorful appetizers.

Tomato Egg Salad

Better Homes and Gardens
Total: 25 mins

Sesame Vegetable Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

All aspects of this healthy dinner salad can be made ahead and kept refrigerated until serving time. An Asian-influenced salad dressing adds flavor to this asparagus, pea pod, and chicken salad.

Pepper Poached Salmon

Better Homes and Gardens

This heart-healthy dish, loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, is ideal for dieters. It has fewer than 150 calories per serving.

Asparagus and Tomato Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Check your farmer's market for spring's first green and white asparagus to star in this refreshing salad.

Farfalle With Watercress, Cherry Tomatoes and Feta


This low-fat vegetarian meal has only five ingredients, making it a quick dinner for busy weeknights.

Crab, Avocado and Watercress Sandwiches

Midwest Living

Serve these fresh crab salad sandwiches as an appetizer or serve them with fruit to make a light meal.

Total: 30 mins

Red Potato Salad with Mustard Dressing

Better Homes and Gardens

Sharp and Sweet Green Salad

Better Homes and Gardens

Jalapeno chile pepper and watercress add a peppery bite to this easy salad. A touch of sweetness provided by kiwifruit and cucumber counteracts the zing.

Total: 20 mins

Go Fish Salmon Sandwiches

Better Homes and Gardens

Creamy salmon-caper filling, topped with watercress, makes these bite-size sandwiches a perfect appetizer or snack for small gatherings. Poach the salmon and make the dressing a day ahead of serving. Assemble the sandwiches shortly before serving.

Crab, Avocado, and Watercress Sandwiches

Diabetic Living

Serve this mini crab salad sandwich recipe for an appetizer or at a spring party with a variety of side salads.

Total: 30 mins
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