Watercress Pesto

watercress pesto by the kosher foodies

Watercress is one of those “super foods” that I’ve been seeing a lot of lately. And summer is all about being healthy, so when I had a bag of watercress just lying in my fridge I racked my brain to see what I could do with it – and pesto was just the ticket! Pesto is a favorite summertime item because it’s so easy to make and extremely versatile. You can use it to dress up sandwiches, as a sauce on pasta, or even to spread over a simple fish or chicken. This pesto recipe is extremely easy to make, as long as you have a food processor or blender on hand.

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Feel free to swap out the almonds for a different kind of nut and to add a clove of garlic for even more flavor. I’m trying to stay away from heartburn-inducing foods, so no garlic for me. Combine this watercress pesto recipe with your favorite basil pesto recipe¬†for a nutrition boost.

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Seriously, this dish takes about 4 minutes to make. You have no excuse not to make it.

Watercress Pesto


  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds¬†
  • 4 ounces watercress, stems and leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil (or another neutral oil)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese


1. Add the almonds to your food processor and process until they are ground.

2. Add the watercress and process, pulsing to mix it around, making sure all the watercress gets chopped well.

3. Add the salt and pepper and pulse, just to mix it up.

4. With the food processor running, add the oil through the feed tube.

5. Add the cheese and mix with a spatula.

6. Add to pasta, sandwiches, or fish and enjoy!

  • Love this idea! Never made pesto out of watercress. Though I do love making it with arugula and spinach. Will definitely have to try this.

  • This is sensational. I find basil pesto overwhelming but I like the idea of using pesto. Watercress is perfect. What a great idea.

  • Alison @ Alibabka

    love fresh pesto! Almonds and watercress are so fresh and different!

  • Chanie@BusyInBrooklyn

    I love watercress, I bet it’s delicious in a pesto!

  • Shoshana Ohriner

    I never think to make pesto with anything other than basil, but this sounds delicious.

  • Sarah Klinkowitz

    I toss spoonfuls of pesto into almost everything – sauce, stock, on fish, mix it into rice. Love the greenness! What does watercress taste like?

    • it’s very bitter! i love the taste, but my husband thinks it needs some other flavors to balance out the harshness

  • Woah, a great idea. I can’t imagine what it tastes like but I am going to make it.