Why not try a different salad green as spring begins? Often overlooked, watercress is a close cousin to mustard greens, arugula, and cabbage. True to its name, the small leaves grow near streams and springs. It ranked as the most nutrient-rich vegetable, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control. Besides its abundance of vitamins and antioxidants, the cruciferous spring vegetable has a pretty bright green color with a nice peppery flavor. Combined with Manchego (a sheep's milk cheese), slivered almonds, diced membrillo (quince paste), and a simple vinaigrette, watercress delivers the best of Spanish flavors.
This simple watercress salad celebrates all the flavors that define Spanish cuisine.
What to buy: Look for membrillo, also called quince paste, in gourmet groceries and Latin markets. Manchego is an aged sheep’s-milk cheese from Spain; look for it in gourmet groceries.... Read More