Watercress Pesto

    10 mins

    We had a creek in the backyard with all this wild watercress growing along it so I just adjusted a standard pesto recipe that I still make even though I don't live on the creek anymore! It's great with pasta, on salads, as a dip etc like any pesto.

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    Serves: 8 

    • ½ a bunch (about 100g) watercress
    • 1 clove garlic, chopped
    • 50g walnuts
    • 100g freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 2 tbsp mayonnaise

    Prep:10min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Place the garlic, walnuts, watercress, Parmesan cheese, and mayonnaise into a food processor or blender. Pulse until a finely chopped paste has formed.

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    I had never tried watercress before, nor had I made my own pesto. I really like this pesto a lot. I added lemon to mine after putting it on pasta. This recipe is great! Leftovers for lunch tomorrow  -  13 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I have always wanted a different way to make watercress besides potato soup or throwing it in salad. I tried this with pasta and chicken. Very good. Thanks Mandy!  -  06 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Delicious! I always made pesto with basil before, but this time I didn't have any basil - just parsley and watercress. This watercress was delicious!! I added a couple tablespoons of EVOO to help it blend better, though that may not even be necessary with a real food processor (I was using a magic bullet). I omitted the walnuts because I didn't have any, and it was still perfect. And substituted parmesan cheese from the can instead of fresh because we were out of fresh.  -  03 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)