5 Watercress Dishes That Don’t Require Salad Tongs

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Sometimes when we don’t know what to do with a leafy green, it can be all too tempting to throw it into a salad, toss with our favorite dressing and call it a day. Don’t get us wrong, we aren’t opposed to a nice spring salad, but a peppery, nutritious green like watercress deserves to be more than just an afterthought. Here are some of our favorite ways to pump up watercress.

Pesto Pizza With Watercress

Our perfect pizzas are relaxed, refined, and impossible to put down. Without a doubt, a pesto pizza with watercress fits the bill. By incorporating similar ingredients to the risotto but focusing on a creamy cheese like goat or mozzarella, the flavor of your watercress will mellow out but not ignored. Additionally, we’d recommend topping with a cured meat like prosciutto or salami to bring some savory, salty flavors into the mix.

  • Pro Tip: For a colorful gluten-free treat, try making beetroot crust.

Watercress Risotto

Along with Asia, Europe has been a hotbed of watercress innovation for centuries. This mixture of innovation and tradition is on clear display with watercress risotto. there are numerous regional takes on this dish, we’re particularly big fans of spotlighting classic Italian flavors by pairing our watercress with garlic, pesto, and parmesan. If you really want to focus on watercress, trying adding the leafy green to the pesto itself!

Watercress Fried Rice and Orange Chicken

Historically, watercress has roots in Asian cooking as its slightly peppery flavor offers a reprieve from particularly spicy plants like wasabi or horseradish. We like to add watercress to our fried rice to add some heat but not make the dish about the heat. Toss with your favorite veggies and top with some mandarin orange chicken for a main that your customers won’t soon forget.

Watercress Soup

This classic french soup easily starts off your meal with some simplistic elegance. A combination of vegetables, cream and seasonings, watercress soup is a great way to spotlight spring flavors. Although the dish itself may not be overly complicated, it’s extremely important that you use the freshest ingredients that you can get your hands on. Visit here for selection and storage guidelines and get cooking. 

Sautéed Watercress

Sick of kale? Try sautéed watercress! The leafy green cooks similarly to the trendy superfood, but brings extra doses of nutrition and spice. Best of all, you can achieve numerous different profiles but playing with your seasonings. To start, we recommend pairing watercress with garlic and butter or a ginger/sesame mix!

  • Pro Tip: Your watercress will quickly shrink in size when exposed to heat, so be sure to use substantially more greens when cooking!