The Healthy & Crunchy Watercress Salad That’s Perfect For Summer Lunches

by | Nov 29, 2023 | Recipes

Looking for a new favourite healthy salad recipe for the summer? You’ve come to the right place. This watercress salad (with flavour-packed homemade dressing) is fresh, easy-to-make and uber crunchy thanks to the assortment of nuts and seeds.

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The best part? It’s easily customisable. Don’t add the cheese if you are vegan or dairy-free. Alternatively, you can substitute with your favourite vegan cheese (Woolworths has a large range).

Either way, you’ll use this healthy salad recipe time and time again, whether it’s for al fresco dinners with friends or when you’re meal prepping to help you reach those goals.

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healthy salad recipe made and plated up on a table

Herby Watecress Salad with Crunchy Nuts & Seeds

This watercress salad with flavour-packed homemade dressing is fresh, easy-to-make and uber crunchy thanks to the assortment of nuts and seeds. Best part? It’s easily customisable. Don’t add the cheese if you are vegan or dairy-free.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Healthy
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tbsp Flaked almonds
  • 2 Tbsp Pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame seeds
  • 3 Handfuls Watercress
  • 1 Handful Coriander
  • 1 Handful Basil
  • 50 g Ricotta or chevin (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

For The Dressing:

  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • Juice and zest of half a lemon
  • 2 Tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pinch chilli flakes

Instructions
 

  • Toast the seeds in a large dry pan until you hear a popping noise and the sesame seeds and almond flakes turn slightly golden.
  • Toss the leaves together in a large bowl. Next, add the seeds.
  • Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour into the bowl. Then toss the leaves to coat.
  • Plate the dressed leaves and seeds on a large platter before dotting small pieces of cheese among the leaves. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Keyword Easy Meals, healthy, Healthy Recipes, vegetarian

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