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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Sausage, courgette and watercress pesto pasta

Sausage pasta recipes

Sausage, courgette and watercress pesto pasta

Peppery summer watercress is a brilliant partner for silky, soft courgettes in this easy sausage pasta dish. The vibrant lemony...

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Watercress soup with lardons and poached eggs

Watercress recipes

Watercress soup with lardons and poached eggs

Watercress soup makes an ideal spring supper when you add crisp bacon lardons and a perfectly poached egg. Try this...

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Chilled herb and greens soup

15-minute meal recipes

Chilled herb and greens soup

Need to cool down on a hot day? Take those wilted leaves languishing in the fridge and 5 mins later...

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Strawberry, clotted cream and watercress salad

Best of British recipes

Strawberry, clotted cream and watercress salad

Where do you stand on strawberries in savoury dishes? We are all for the combination of sweet and savoury, and...

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Leek and watercress risotto

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Leek and watercress risotto

This verdant leek risotto is kept fresh, light and peppery thanks to a simple watercress purée stirred through right before...

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Pasta with watercress and radish pesto

15-minute meal recipes

Pasta with watercress and radish pesto

Use up summer veg in this vibrant pasta recipe with a peppery radish and watercress pesto. The thrifty recipe uses...

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Pea and watercress vol-au-vents

May seasonal recipes

Pea and watercress vol-au-vents

Serve these moreish vol au vents with a creamy watercress and pea filling, then top with radish or smoked trout...

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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 fancy gadget but you do...

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Watercress and tomato scone-based ‘pizza’

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Watercress and tomato scone-based ‘pizza’

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

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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 perfect starter or canapé for...

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Stilton and watercress chicken kiev

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Stilton and watercress chicken kiev

Our recipe for golden, crispy chicken kievs packs in the flavour by combining stilton, watercress and garlic to make a...

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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 could easily swap them for...

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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, fresher taste. Stir through pasta...

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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 lardons give this light recipe...

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Langoustines with watercress and pastis hollandaise

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Langoustines with watercress and pastis hollandaise

The aniseed flavour of pastis added to this creamy, rich hollandaise works wonders with cooked langoustines. Serve as a starter...

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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 – that will be on...

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