Definition of watercress
1 : any of several aquatic or semiaquatic cresses; especially : a perennial cress (Nasturtium officinale) native to Europe and southwestern Asia that is naturalized in the U.S. and has leaves used especially in salads or as a potherb
2 : the leaves of a watercress
Recent Examples of watercress from the Web
Layer turkey, cheese and watercress or arugula on the bottom half of the baguette and give it a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
For instance, a breakfast menu for Monday calls for sliced oranges; grits with milk or cream; fried croakers; broiled spring chicken; potato croquettes; radishes; watercress; batter cakes with butter and syrup; and cafe au lait.
The cruciferous family includes an interesting assortment of vegetables — arugula, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, radishes, turnips, watercress and bok choy, as well as collard, mustard and turnip greens.
Pig ears are slivered and fried into crisp-chewy tendrils that are woven with watercress and pickled onion and piled on creamy pecan butter.
Do Ahead: Potato salad, without watercress, can be made 1 day ahead.
And no one need wait for asparagus to give the sign that spring has arrived: The Northwest has stinging nettle as its siren — miner’s lettuce and wild watercress, too.
I especially like the mix of different greens: Dandelion greens, mache and basil work well here, but keep the combination of watercress, purslane and butter lettuce in mind for another time.
Blend cheese: Roughly chop 1/3 cup of the edible flowers and 1/4 cup watercress, reserving the remainder of each for garnish.
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First Known Use of watercress
WATERCRESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of watercress for English Language Learners
: a plant that grows in water and that has small, round leaves which are often used in salads
WATERCRESS Defined for Kids
Definition of watercress for Students
: a plant that grows in or near water and has sharp-tasting leaves used especially in salads
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