Watercress recipes

With its peppery leaves, watercress adds a knockout punch to salads and side dishes. But it’s also fantastic cooked in a soup, whizzed into a sauce or bashed into a pesto. Here’s our ways to use watercress in your cooking.

It’s at its best in spring and autumn in the UK, although the season does run right through summer.

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Trofie pasta with watercress, courgette and almonds

Italian pasta recipes

Trofie pasta with watercress, courgette and almonds

”This is a great dish to cook to impress guests . You don’t need a...

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Watercress and tomato scone-based ‘pizza’

Pizza recipes

Watercress and tomato scone-based ‘pizza’

There’s something a little more indulgent, and ever so satisfying, about a scone-based pizza (aka...

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Pancetta, watercress and mozzarella arancini

Italian starter recipes

Pancetta, watercress and mozzarella arancini

Crispy arancini risotto balls with a soft and gooey mozzarella, pancetta and watercress centre. The...

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Stilton and watercress chicken kiev

Comfort food

Stilton and watercress chicken kiev

Our recipe for golden, crispy chicken kievs packs in the flavour by combining stilton, watercress...

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Sardines with watercress salad

Summer salads and sides

Sardines with watercress salad

We’ve used tinned sardines in this simple salad to keep the cost down, but you...

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Watercress pesto

Homemade pesto recipes

Watercress pesto

We’ve used a mixture of watercress and basil in this pesto recipe for a lighter,...

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Easy oven-baked bacon, pea and watercress risotto

Midweek meal recipes

Easy oven-baked bacon, pea and watercress risotto

Give your arm a rest; skip the endless stirring and bake your risotto instead. Bacon...

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Langoustines with watercress and pastis hollandaise

Prawn recipes

Langoustines with watercress and pastis hollandaise

The aniseed flavour of pastis added to this creamy, rich hollandaise works wonders with cooked...

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Smoked salmon and watercress linguine with chilli crumbs

Salmon pasta recipes

Smoked salmon and watercress linguine with chilli crumbs

A quick and easy smoked salmon pasta recipe – made with watercress, chilli and lemon...

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Watercress, fennel and seedy salad

Watercress recipes

Watercress, fennel and seedy salad

Spring means watercress is in abundance. Keep it simple and serve with fennel and orange...

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Smoked haddock and watercress tart

Savoury tarts

Smoked haddock and watercress tart

A light and fresh haddock tart recipe for a quick midweek supper. Use up any...

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Cheese scones with watercress and goat’s cheese

Goat's cheese recipes

Cheese scones with watercress and goat’s cheese

This cheesy scones recipe is a fabulous variation, as it uses goat’s cheese as well...

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Smoked haddock and watercress fishcakes

Smoked haddock recipes

Smoked haddock and watercress fishcakes

Just a few basic ingredients, plus haddock, go into these fishcakes made with peppery watercress....

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Watercress mayonnaise

May seasonal recipes

Watercress mayonnaise

Make the most of fresh watercress, in season in the UK from around April to...

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Watercress and parsley soup

Watercress recipes

Watercress and parsley soup

Peppery watercress is a superfood and it shines in this easy to prepare watercress and...

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Spinach, watercress and pea soup

Watercress recipes

Spinach, watercress and pea soup

Bowl your guests over with this bright green vegetarian soup recipe. It makes a delicate...

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Quick salmon with watercress sauce

Speedy salmon recipes

Quick salmon with watercress sauce

All you need is 10 minutes to bring this fresh and simple salmon recipe to...

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Pea and watercress soup

Watercress recipes

Pea and watercress soup

Soup is the perfect way to warm up and this healthy pea and watercress soup...

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Chicory and watercress salad

Summer salads and sides

Chicory and watercress salad

Chicory (also known as endive or witloof) is a wonderful accompaniment to richer foods, such...

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Orange and watercress salad

Watercress recipes

Orange and watercress salad

This summer salad recipe with Valencian oranges and chicory is a great mix of sweet...

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