Ming Tsai’s Watercress Salad

Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 50
Theme: Salads
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Chef Ming Tsai’s quick and easy salad recipe features an underrated and super-nutritious veggie – watercress! While kale is a trendy salad addition, it doesn't always work well in a mixed salad because you have to sauté it or pour more dressing on to make it soft. Watercress plays well with other ingredients because of its complementary pepper-like flavor. Plus, watercress has one-quarter of the calories of kale! Chef Tsai is also passionate about the cancer charity Family Reach. Learn more about the nonprofit organization and its mission.


  • 1 1/2 cups watercress
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lemon


1. Toss the watercress with the olive oil, Kosher salt, and pepper in a large bowl.


2. Finish off with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice over the salad.

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