Side Dish Recipes for Spring Vegetables

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. Try it as an appetizer to some delicious Poblano Peppers. What to buy: Look for membrillo, also called quince paste, in gourmet groceries and Latin markets.... Read More