Must-Make Watercress Recipes

Add this leafy vegetable to salads, appetizers, main dishes and more. Explore the flavor that watercress recipes offer in these delicious dishes.

  • Goat Cheese and Strawberry Grilled Cheese
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Goat Cheese and Strawberry Grilled Cheese

    Tart, tangy, sweet, and with a bite of crunch, this sandwich has it all. The watercress provides a nice balance to the sweet berries and creamy goat cheese.
  • Orange, Fennel and Watercress Salad
    Photo: Ryan Benyi

    Orange, Fennel and Watercress Salad

    This fresh Orange, Fennel and Watercress Salad is a tasty and healthy way to round out a meal. Can't find blood oranges? Don't sweat it—regular oranges work just fine in this salad.

  • Lucky Black-eyed Pea Salad
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Lucky Black-eyed Pea Salad

    Peppery watercress fills in for traditional greens. January is peak season for fresh Chilean peaches—ripen at room temp in a brown paper bag until fragrant and juicy.

  • Puree of Watercress Soup
    Jim Franco

    Puree of Watercress Soup

    The secret to keeping this soup a beautiful bright green is to add the watercress and parsley in the last step. You could also make this soup with spinach or sorrel instead of watercress.

  • Watercress Canapes
    Photo: Jennifer Davick

    Watercress Canapés

    Watercress acts as the glue to hold these decadent appetizers together. Blended with the cream cheese mixture, the leaves add a delicate flavor and hint of color.
  • Halibut with Watercress Pesto
    James Carrier

    Halibut with Watercress Pesto

    You can use the coarse watercress stems and any flawed leaves in this peppery pesto. Besides fish, it also complements chicken, sliced cucumbers, and goat cheese.
  • Smoked Trout and Watercress Tea Sandwiches
    Oxmoor House

    Smoked Trout and Watercress Tea Sandwiches

    These delicate finger sandwiches are filled with a creamy smoked trout spread accented with lemon zest, capers, and dill. The spicy watercress offsets the salty, smoky trout while the very thin white bread slices keep the focal point on the star attraction.

  • Roasted Potatoes with Tangy Watercress Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Roasted Potatoes with Tangy Watercress Sauce

    Add watercress, basil, and mint to a yogurt base for a fragrant, fresh-tasting sauce you can make up to 2 days ahead. Serve this versatile dish alongside chicken, beef, or lamb. You can also use the sauce as a dip for vegetables.

  • Ham-and-Cheese Skewers
    Charles Walton IV

    Ham-and-Cheese Skewers

    Thread blue cheese wedges, apple slices, cubes of deli ham, and fresh watercress leaves onto wooden skewers for a super fast, super easy appetizer

  • Seared Beef Tenderloin Mini Sandwiches with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce
    Lee Harrelson

    Seared Beef Tenderloin Mini Sandwiches with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce

    Watercress provides a perfect platform for the reich beef-and-cheese topper to this open-faced sandwich.
  • Chicken Salad Pitas
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Chicken Salad Pitas

    A bunch of watercress adds a welcome crunch to this creamy chicken salad recipe. When served on a platter, these pint-sized pita pockets are almost too cute to enjoy.
  • Roast Beef Sandwiches with Watercress Slaw
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Roast Beef Sandwiches with Watercress Slaw

    Doctor packaged angel hair slaw to create a hearty roast beef sandwich that's perfect for a quick no-cook dinner.
  • "Beef, Watercress, and Peach Salad with Lime Vinaigrette"
    Photo: Anna Williams

    Beef, Watercress, and Peach Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

    Crisp watercress plays nicely with savory beef, sweet peaches, and the tart vinaigrette on this main dish salad recipe.

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