Here is one of my favorite ways to prepare watercress. This salad is definitely different but delicious. I highly recommend using cherry or grape tomatoes since they have a firm texture. The peanuts should be crushed and not left whole and don't leave out or substitute the ingredients if possible. The flavors are very strong due to the lime and fish sauce, so be prepared. The watercress does not have to be chopped up.



Recipe Summary

10 mins
10 mins
20 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place watercress in a large bowl; top with tomatoes, onion, peanuts, lime juice, sesame seeds, garlic oil, fish sauce, and salt. Toss mixture well; let sit for flavors to blend, about 10 minutes.


Cook's Notes:

If watercress is too long, cut into 2-inch pieces. Sometimes I place it in a bowl and run my scissors through it a couple of times.

Taste and add more salt, lime juice, and fish sauce if necessary. Before serving, toss well as the tomatoes and peanuts will fall to the bottom.

Nutrition Facts

144 calories; protein 7.8g 16% DV; carbohydrates 11.7g 4% DV; fat 9.5g 15% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 648.2mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition

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This has so much lime juice that it completely dominates every ingredient in the salad. I had no watercress so I used baby arugula and romaine but the lime overpowered the peppery arugula and even the fish sauce was negligible. Also there s nothing to temper the tartness of the lime juice and oh man did it make me pucker! This recipe calls for 3 whole limes for 4 servings (that's a lot of tart lime juice). If I were to make this again I d start out with no more than half the lime juice (maybe even less) and add just a little bit of honey to counterbalance the tartness. I like all of the ingredients in this salad (I did add freshly-ground black pepper) and I do think you can make it work but IMO it needs some tweaking. Sorry Josie this just didn't work for me today but I'll probably try again. Read More