In this Asian-inspired salad, the peppery flavor of watercress is paired with another emblematic spring vegetable--sugar snap peas. Tossed with a warm dressing made with caramelized onions, rice vinegar and toasted sesame oil, this salad is the perfect antidote to the chill of early spring. For the best-tasting watercress, look for supple, thin stems (not woody stalks) with small, heart-shaped, dark green leaves that have no yellow blemishes.

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Recipe Summary

25 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add peas and cook until bright green, 30 seconds. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water until cool. Transfer to a large bowl, add watercress and toss to combine.

  • Heat peanut (or canola) oil in a medium nonstick skillet over low heat; add shallots and cook very slowly, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Stir in vinegar, sesame oil and salt; cook until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Pour the warm dressing over the peas and watercress; toss well. Top with cheese and serve.


Tip: To remove the stem and strings at the same time from sugar snap peas, hold the stem between your thumb and index finger, snap and pull down.

Nutrition Facts

181 calories; protein 6.9g 14% DV; carbohydrates 7.4g 2% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 1.7g 7% DV; sugars 3.1g; fat 14.2g 22% DV; saturated fat 5g 25% DV; cholesterol 14.9mg 5% DV; vitamin a iu 1945.4IU 39% DV; vitamin c 47.4mg 79% DV; folate 32mcg 8% DV; calcium 190.9mg 19% DV; iron 1.7mg 9% DV; magnesium 30.3mg 11% DV; potassium 263.5mg 7% DV; sodium 221mg 9% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
This is an exceptional recipe. Very delicious. I love the crunchiness of the sugar snap peas. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was delicious! It's such a nice blend of flavors & textures. Planning to make it again this weekend for a party! Read More