Watercress pesto: great with pasta and salads too!

Mandy

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 cup
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the garlic, walnuts, watercress, Parmesan cheese, and mayonnaise into a food processor or blender. Pulse until a finely chopped paste has formed.

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Nutrition Facts

113 calories; protein 5.9g; carbohydrates 1.5g; fat 9.6g; cholesterol 12.3mg; sodium 215.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2010
I had never tried watercress before nor had I made my own pesto. I really like this pesto a lot. I added lemon to mine after putting it on pasta. This recipe is great! Leftovers for lunch tomorrow:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/05/2012
This is a great alternative to the regular basil pesto. It is light and refreshingj - and I chose to squeeze a lime into the pesto because I wanted to serve it over shrimp scampi and linguini with a dusting of parmesan. I gave it 3 stars because it is not as great as basil pesto and watercress can be hard to find. Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2010
I had never tried watercress before nor had I made my own pesto. I really like this pesto a lot. I added lemon to mine after putting it on pasta. This recipe is great! Leftovers for lunch tomorrow:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2009
I have always wanted a different way to make watercress besides potato soup or throwing it in salad. I tried this with pasta and chicken. Very good. Thanks Mandy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2010
Delicious! I always made pesto with basil before but this time I didn't have any basil - just parsley and watercress. This watercress was delicious!! I added a couple tablespoons of EVOO to help it blend better though that may not even be necessary with a real food processor (I was using a magic bullet). I omitted the walnuts because I didn't have any and it was still perfect. And substituted parmesan cheese from the can instead of fresh because we were out of fresh. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2009
So yummy! Made this for a dinner party and everyone loved it. Served it with penne pasta very delicious Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2009
Easy to make full of flavor & healthy!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2012
This is a great alternative to the regular basil pesto. It is light and refreshingj - and I chose to squeeze a lime into the pesto because I wanted to serve it over shrimp scampi and linguini with a dusting of parmesan. I gave it 3 stars because it is not as great as basil pesto and watercress can be hard to find. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2008
This is supper yumy on a salad it gives it nice flavour its great in pasta too added with some tomatoes. GREAT Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/15/2015
I'm not sure if I did something wrong but I ended up having to use olive oil to get it to work in the blender and then added water to thin it out to coat the pasta. I tried it with and without the lemon juice and I would definitely recommend adding lemon juice. Felt like the paremesan cheese taste was overwhelming and made the sauce a bit grainy. I definitely like the idea of the watercress in the pesto just think in the future I might try adding more watercress and cutting back on the parmesan cheese. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2014
Being in Hawaii watercress is a very popular item. This is a new way of using watercress easy delicious I love it!! Read More
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