wa·​ter·​cress | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkres, ˈwä-\

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

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In my book, the recipe ensalada de berro con China y aguacate is a very simple salad with avocado and watercress. Korsha Wilson, Bon Appetit, "'It’s Puerto Rican Because I Made it'," 23 Apr. 2018 Toss watercress with lime juice in a small bowl; season with salt. Bon Appetit, "Rutabaga Tacos with Greens and Queso Fresco," 26 Mar. 2018 Rosen, who also operates specialty food shop R&D Foods in Brooklyn, has an imaginative approach to dressings that employs everything from marmalade and miso to pumpkin seeds and watercress. Becky Krystal, chicagotribune.com, "How to leave those bottled dressings behind and make your own vinaigrette," 29 June 2018 This Nutty Watermelon Salad, built on watercress, screamed summer with its blueberries, strawberries, almonds, and splash of lime vinaigrette. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "The sassy, hoagie-mouthed chef is back | Let's Eat," 11 July 2018 Rosen has an imaginative approach to dressings that employs everything from marmalade and miso to pumpkin seeds and watercress. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "Shake it up: Lots of vinaigrette options," 10 July 2018 Transfer to a medium bowl and add 1 large handful mitsuba (Japanese parsley), pepper cress or watercress leaves, finely chopped. WSJ, "Hold the Mayo: 4 Adventurous Alternatives to Potato Salad," 19 Apr. 2018 To plate: In a small bowl, dress the watercress with the remaining lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Nicole Sours Larson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "White fish & vegetables," 9 July 2018 Beet roasted salmon with watercress purée, beet mustard and crisp potato, by Angie Rondinelli, executive chef of Downtown Kitchen; with 2015 Kate Arnold Winery Pinot Noir. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Have dinner by 7 women chefs June 13 at Bacchus," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of watercress

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of watercress

: a plant that grows in water and that has small, round leaves which are often used in salads


wa·​ter·​cress | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkres, ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of watercress

: a plant that grows in or near water and has sharp-tasting leaves used especially in salads

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