Rich in vitamins and minerals, Watercress makes a healthy addition to your table. It’s long known as superfood because it packs large amount of a wide variety of these important substances, with a score of 100.
As its name implies, the vegetable is mostly water, about 95%. Yet, there are a great number of health benefits in eating this refreshing green.
Watercress provides potassium, magnesium, calcium, folate, vitamin A and K, along with trace amounts of several other micronutrients.
Still need a reason to eating more watercress? Then I’ll give you five good ones.
1- One cup contains more than 100 percent of your daily-recommended intake of vitamin K.
2- It’s packed with antioxidants that may help lower your risk of cancer and heart disease.
3- Watercress is rich in vitamin C, which can boost your immune system.
4- It’s nutrient-dense ad low in calories, so it could help with weight loss.
5- It contains carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin, which are good for your eyes.
You can enjoy watercress in soups, potato dishes, added to spring rolls, and wraps. Today, I’ll show you the easiest way to prepare it…. Let’s take our Caesar Salad to another level, to the Super Salad!
- 12 ounces watercress, tough stems trimmed
- 1 clove garlic smashed
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup grated or sliced parmesan cheese (topping)
- ½ cup roasted unsalted almonds chopped (or pepitas as you like it)
- Freshly ground pepper
How to prepare it!
1- Mash the garlic and ½ teaspoon salt with a fork in the bottom of a large salad bowl. Stir in the mayonnaise and mustard. Whisk in the lemon juice, then the olive oil. Stir in 2 tablespoons parmesan and season with salt and pepper.
2- Add the watercress to the bowl and toss to coat in the dressing. Top with the almonds (or pepitas) and the remaining ¼ cup parmesan or sliced parmesan.
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