• Health News: Antioxidant-rich Watercress Shows Sports Nutrition Potential

    A recent study conduced at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland and the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland suggests that eight weeks of supplementation with watercress reduces markers of oxidative stress and damage after exhaustive exercise.

  • Watercress, Melon, and Almond Salad

    3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    1 teaspoon sweetener (plam sugar, raw honey, or xylitol) 
    1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    2 bunches watercress 
    2 1/2 cups cubed cantaloupe 
    1/3 cup sliced almonds 

    In a large bowl, whisk together lime juice, sweetener, and ginger root. Slowly add vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 2 bunches (or as much as you like) watercress, trimmed and chopped, cantaloupe, and almonds. Mix salad and serve immediately.

  • Watercress Pesto

    1/2 clove garlic
    1/3 cup walnuts
    3 ounces watercress
    1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
    1 tablespoons mayonnaise

    Combine all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Pulse until a finely chopped paste is formed.

  • Watercress Soup

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 peeled and cubed potato
    1 chopped onion
    1 ½ cups chicken stock
    1 ½ cups milk
    ½ cup watercress
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon pepper
    cream optional


    Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add 1 peeled and cubed potato, and 1 chopped onion of choice. Reduce heat to medium, cover for 5 minutes. Pour in 2 1/2 cups of chicken stock and 2 1/2 cups of milk, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in 1/2 cup watercress leaves and simmer uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes. Slowly transfer the soup to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Return the soup to the cooking pot, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and season to taste. If desired, serve with a dollop of cream.

  • In Season: Watercress


    Watercress is a great vegetable to try this summer.
  • It's Easy Eating Green

    Craving salads this time of year—but tired of the same old bowl of greens? Move over, iceberg: These leafy greens will transform your next salad and help you get your recommended daily veggie intake. San Francisco-based chef and nutrition consultant Grace Avila shares her favorite preparations and pairings for the following eight super-greens.

    Spruce up your next meal with these 8 unusual salad greens.
    By Lindsey Galloway