Free Healthy Recipe - Watercress, Sprout Seed and Orange Salad

Dairy free, Low carbohydrate

Copyright John Paul Urizar

The ancient Greeks believed that watercress could cure a deranged mind. It is a green vegetable native to Europe and Asia and a member of the Cruciferous family (the same family as broccoli and Brussels sprouts). When Roman soldiers ate watercress they were noticeably healthier from doing so. Roman emperors ate it to help them make "bold" decisions, so it would be a bold decision for you to decide to eat more of it - it has a distinctive spicy and slightly peppery taste and is delicious in cooking as well as raw.
Watercress is terrific if you suffer from fluid retention and low energy.

1 bunch watercress, trimmed and washed
2 cups fresh mixed sprouts, (alfalfa, mung bean, snow pea)
3 oranges peeled and chopped (reserve the orange juice for cooking)
½ cup raw almonds
2 tbsp pepitas
¼ cup flaxseed oil
orange juice (see note above)

Dry roast the almonds and seeds separately and set aside.

Ensure the watercress is dry and arrange it on a platter with the orange segments.
Combine the dressing ingredients and toss through the salad.
Top with the nuts and seeds and serve immediately.

Note : Flax seed oil is an excellent source of Omega 3 essential fatty acids and worth trying, particularly for those who don't eat oily fish. Buy small bottles and store in the fridge as it turns rancid quickly.

Makes 6 servings

Scale recipe to serves

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: nil
Ready in: 15 mins

Suitable for:
Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
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Nutritional Information - Per Serve
Kj 1244 kj
Calories 297 kcal
Fat 25.8 g
Saturated Fat 2.9 g
Total Carbohydrate 8.6 g
Total Protein 5.8 g
Fibre 4.6 g

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