Watercress and Radish Salad




By Jordan Miller;

Watercress is one of the oldest leafy green vegetables that has been consumed by humans. This plant, which is considered part of the cabbage family, can be found virtually in every corner of the world. It generally grown along the banks of slow running streams and rivers. This highly nutritious plant which is rich in chlorophyll, potassium, and sulfur, is a great addition to any salad. Watercress is a good source of vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, E, manganese, and carotene. It also contains calcium, fibre, iron and copper. This herb has over 40 medicinal uses. Furthermore, radishes are also very nutritious. Radishes have quite a high vitamin count. The real star among radish nutrition facts is vitamin C, giving you 14% of your daily value in just a ½ cup serving. But that’s not all; radishes have vitamin K, B6, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid. These vitamins are available in significant amounts, especially for such a small serving size. Given the nutritional profile of both vegetables, they are even more nutritious when combined together. Not only do they provide you with life-enhancing nutrients, but they also taste amazing together - probably because of the high sulfur content in both vegetables. Feel free to give this recipe a try, and most importantly, have fun with it!

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Watercress and Radish Salad

Ingredients:

1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped shallot
2 Tbsp (30 mL) apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup (60 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
Celtic sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 bunches watercress, larger stems removed
4 cups (1 L) mixed baby greens
5 radishes, thinly sliced

Directions:

Vinaigrette: Combine mustard, shallot, and vinegar in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil until well blended, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. If making ahead, cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.  

Combine watercress, baby greens, and radishes in a large bowl and toss with vinaigrette.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Nutritional Information:

Each serving contains: 86 calories; 1 g protein; 9 g total fat (0 g trans fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 0 g fibre; 41 mg sodium

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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.

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