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Watercress-Walnut Stir-Fry Recipe

Watercress-Walnut Stir-Fry Recipe

This mouthwatering “cooked salad” makes a great bed for sautéed Portobello mushrooms or protein strips, or as a simple but very tasty side.

Infused with the zesty flavors of ginger and omega-3-rich walnuts, the watercress is cooked just long enough to lose its raw taste while retaining its texture and freshness. And it’s ultra-fast to make, too.


2 teaspoons peanut oil
1 teaspoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
Leaves from 2 bunches watercress, coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon tamari or other soy sauce
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons walnut oil (optional)

1. Heat the peanut oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the watercress, red pepper flakes, tamari, and walnuts and stir-fry until wilted but not overcooked, about 3 minutes.

2. Serve hot, drizzled with the walnut oil, if desired.

Serves 4.

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Adapted from Vegan Planet, by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Robin Robertson. Reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press.
Adapted from Vegan Planet, by Robin Robertson (Harvard Common Press, 2003).

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9:14AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012


4:06AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

Very interesting, thanks :)

3:23PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

2:19PM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

sounds good.

3:08PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

WoW! i want to try this right away!
Love watercress and walnuts....recently got some watercress sprouting seeds, but have a hard time, as they are slimy and clog up the grid that drains them...does anyone know how to sprout these effectively?
Thanks once again Annie for the great recipe!

2:42PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012


4:59AM PST on Mar 10, 2012

full of allergens

11:24AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Thanks Annie.

1:45AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Great recipe. Thanks.

3:15AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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