Watercress And Red Chicory Salad

In honour of the onset of spring, lighter evenings and warmer days, a zingy watercress and red chicory salad dressed with fresh orange, an orange vinaigrette and toasted hazelnuts.  If you’ve not grown watercress before then I throughly recommend it. Having tried many, we’ve found the best seeds to be from Franchi. Sow it in bags, keep in light shade and beyond keeping the compost damp it needs very little attention.

Watercress and Chicory Salad

Lovely for two people for lunch.

Watercress And Red Chicory Salad

Yield: 2



A big bunch of watercress washed and trimmed.
Some red chicory cut the leave in half if big otherwise leave whole.
A navel orange, peeled, segmented and pith removed.
A handful of whole blanched hazelnuts chopped in half and toasted.


3 tablespoons of olive oil
Juice of half a navel orange
A tablespoon of white wine vinegar
A teaspoon of clear honey
A teaspoon of Dijon mustard
Some salt and pepper



Put the watercress, chicory and orange segments on a serving dish.

Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients and season with salt and pepper.

Dress the salad with the vinaigrette and scatter the hazelnuts on top.

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10 Responses to “Watercress And Red Chicory Salad”

  1. Sue@GLAllotments March 14, 2014 @ 1:28 pm (#)

    I tried growing watercress from rooted buts from a salad bag last year but it didn’t really work

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — March 14th, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

      No, I think it might be a different variety.

  2. Julie March 14, 2014 @ 3:51 pm (#)

    This looks delicious, I have just bought some of Franchis watercress seeds, did you grow yours in a grow bag?

  3. annjenny March 14, 2014 @ 5:41 pm (#)

    I somehow thought growing watercress was very difficult, but I think I will consider having a go now. I love the peppery taste of watercress and of course, it is very healthy.

  4. Agents of Field March 15, 2014 @ 2:50 pm (#)

    Gosh that looks scrummy! We might have to consider growing some watercress ourselves this year. AoF.

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — March 15th, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

      Thank you so much. Do try the watercress, it’s a very satisfying crop.

  5. home, garden, life March 25, 2014 @ 5:43 pm (#)

    I always thought watercress needed to grow in a bubbling brook! I will look into your “bag” technique and see if it is available in the States. Watercress is rarely seen here in shops and oh so lovely!

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