Watercress Salad with Sesame-Garlic Dressing

Watercress Salad with Sesame-Garlic Dressing

4 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2015

Avocados, radishes and scallions top this watercress and radicchio salad recipe with a fish-sauce-spiked dressing to make a vibrant spring salad. Consider shaking up some extra dressing to toss with your salads throughout the week.

Ingredients 5 servings

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  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 cups trimmed watercress or arugula (about 4 ounces)
  • 2 cups torn radicchio (1-inch pieces)
  • 1 small avocado, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup sliced radishes
  • ½ cup thinly sliced spring onions or scallions
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh jalapeño
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds (optional)


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  1. To hard-boil eggs, place in a small saucepan and cover with 1 inch of water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook at the barest simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, pour out hot water and cover the eggs with ice-cold water. Let stand until cool enough to handle before peeling. Cut into quarters.
  2. Combine watercress (or arugula), radicchio, avocado, radishes and onions (or scallions) in a salad bowl. Add the eggs. Combine lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar, jalapeno, garlic and oil in a jar; cover and shake to combine. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss to combine. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, if desired.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 169 calories; 12 g fat(2 g sat); 4 g fiber; 11 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 76 mcg folate; 149 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 1,260 IU vitamin A; 25 mg vitamin C; 81 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 324 mg sodium; 487 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (42% daily value), Vitamin A (25% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat, 1½ fat

Reviews 4

July 06, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Question - brown sugar... Does the brown sugar serve a purpose other than sweetness? If not, I'd like to use a sweetener instead...
June 13, 2015
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By: lkberdal
The dressing is so tasty and easy to make! I had never used fish sauce in a recipe. The dressing has a smoky flavor and is very flavorfull. Great salad!
April 27, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Delightful salad! I subbed out the watercress for arugula, and soy sauce for the fish sauce. I was really happy with this pungent salad, and shockingly, so was the family! I served it with some leftover grilled chicken. Very tasty! Pros: Healthy Cons: None
March 13, 2015
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By: ap2109
Flavorful, helpful, filling This was a fun salad to make. Very healthy and full of flavor, almost like something you'd expect from a restaurant. Very filling once you add eggs and/or some other protein--I topped mine with a crab cake. Pros: Healthy and has lots of different veggies Cons: You'll probably need to buy fish sauce and sesame oil
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