Peppery and tangy, watercress is a storehouse of many natural phytonutrients that have health and disease prevention properties. Try it in this Peach Watercress Salad with fresh peaches, toasted pine nuts, avocado and blue cheese. Enjoy it for a side dish or lunch with grilled chicken or shrimp. Here are some of my favorite health benefits of watercress:
- Watercress is a super low-calorie green leafy vegetables (only 11 calories). It is antioxidant rich, and it is often recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs
- It is also high in B-complex group of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid that are essential for optimum cellular metabolic functions.
- Watercress is an abundant source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that are said to be beneficial for the eyes and the heart.
Peach Watercress Salad
4 cups fresh watercress
2 fresh ripe peaches, cut into bite size pieces
1 avocado, peeled and diced
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup bottled citrus vinaigrette
1. Divide watercress among 4 serving plates. Top evenly with peaches, avocado, pine nuts and blue cheese. Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve immediately