Ring in the Chinese New Year with these Watercress-based Recipes


Watercress has long been a popular ingredient in Chinese cuisine. So what better way to celebrate the world’s most nutrient dense food than to feature it in a traditional Asian Watercress Salad? And, since today is the beginning of The Chinese New Year, we thought we’d add a little goat cheese to the recipe for flavor, added protein, and, most of all, to honor The Year of the Goat.

Unknown-6Traditional Chinese recipes are integral to the Chinese New Year celebration. All family members gather together to eat these special foods throughout this festival time. Chinese Dumplings, Fish, Spring Rolls, and Nian Gao are a few samples of the traditional dishes enjoyed during this celebration. So, if you’d like to celebrate The Chinese New Year in traditional style, try this Asian Watercress Salad. Or, for a less formal gathering, also try our Upland Cress & Roast Beef Summer Rolls with Hoisin Dipping Sauce.

Asian Watercress Salad
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
2 tbsp finely shredded fresh mint
1 package Live Gourmet Living Upland Cress
1 carrot, shredded                                         1768_l
1 cup bean sprouts
Goat cheese

1. Toss sesame seeds in a frying pan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until toasted.
2. Whisk together the fish sauce, lime juice, sweet chili sauce and ginger in a bowl. Add in the mint, stir to combine.
3. Place Upland Cress, carrot shreds, and bean sprouts in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle the dressing over the salad and gently mix. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and goat cheese.

Wear your reds today, as the Chinese believe that by wearing red during New Year’s will bring you luck and ward off evil spirits. Eat your greens daily to stay healthy, combining it with goat cheese to ring in the Year of the Goat.