Colorful Watercress Beet Salad Recipe

watercress beet salad recipe

Wonderful Flavor – Packed in Nutrient Beet Salad Recipe

This Watercress Beet Salad Recipe is packed with amazing health benefits. It tastes delicious, is refreshing and is very easy to make.  The perfect vibrant colors of green and red make it a fun dish to add to your Christmas dinner menu (and who says you can only do Christmas cookies in green and red, ha).  I like the mixed texture of the two vegetables, beets are unlike any other in their consistency, and the slight crunch of the watercress makes for a nice bite.

watercress beet salad recipe

Beets are excellent source of folate while watercress are providing nutrition, boosting immunity, cancer preventive and thyroid support. Beets are also an excellent source of both folate and manganese.  As for watercress, it has been rated the healthiest vegetable on many respected websites and journals.  Some stay away from watercress due to its strong taste, but with the right accompanying vegetables and a tiny bit of something like vinegar for dressing you’ll be enjoying it just like any other leafy green.  Pomegranate is another component of the recipe that adds a lot of flavor, and a different popping texture too.  I personally love adding fruit in my salads, and similar to beats and watercress it is among the healthiest out there.  I made this with and without the pistachios as my friend has a nut allergy… both tasted great.

This may be one of the healthiest salads I’ve posted.  It’s unique but really tasty even for those that aren’t gung-ho on eating veggies.  I put it to the “kid test” and had two clean plates and two smiling faces afterwards, success!


watercress beet salad recipe
Watercress Beet Salad Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Healthy, delicious and easy beet salad recipe. This recipe is packed with nutrients.

Course: Salad
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 147 kcal
Author: rika agustini
For Salad
  • 4 medium beets washed, scrapped
  • 3 cups fresh watercress
  • 4 teaspoons pomegranate seeds
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted pistachios or any nuts of your choice
Balsamic Dressing
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice fresh
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey optional
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F

  2. Wrap beets in foil and roast for about 1 hour

  3. Stir in together: balsamic vinegar, olive oil, orange juice, honey in a small mixing bowl

  4. Cut the beets into small pieces

  5. Arrange beets, watercress, pomegranate seeds, pistachios on a salad plate and drizzle with balsamic dressing. Use less or more dressing according to your liking

Recipe Notes

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  • Reply
    Cai Cansino
    Dec 9, 2016 at 1:35 am

    This is actually something that I would try and recreate and feature in our blog. Nice idea to make a salad with watercress and beetroot.

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    Alli Rutherford Smith
    Dec 9, 2016 at 3:35 am

    What a beautiful salad! I love the colors – so vibrant and fresh. The homemade balsamic dressing sounds good too. I need to make this lovely salad this weekend.

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    Sarah Bailey
    Dec 9, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Oh my goodness this is such a gorgeously colourful salad – just the sort of thing you need within the dullness of winter.

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    Dec 9, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Oh my gosh I really want to try this! I love all the colors in it, perfect for Christmas and healthy.

  • Reply
    Dec 9, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Watercrest and beets make for a great looking salad plus the taste is wonderful. Don’t over look beets.

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    Pam Wattenbarger
    Dec 9, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    My daughter really like beets. This looks like a fresh salad that she would really enjoy! I think I would like it too.

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    Maureen @Scoops of Joy
    Dec 9, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    WOW that looks so good and very healthy. I would love to try your recipe soon 🙂

  • Reply
    Dec 9, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    This looks like such a delicious salad. I have never had a watercress and beet salad before.

  • Reply
    Dec 9, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    This salad would make eating healthy a breeze! Beets are one of my favorite vegetables, I just wish they weren’t so messy.

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    Rebecca Swenor
    Dec 9, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    This watercress beet salad recipe sounds awesome. I would to make this salad because I never made one like this before and I know my family would love it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Dec 10, 2016 at 4:21 am

    This looks delicious! I don’t eat beets very often, but this salad makes me want to eat them more often. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Myrah @ Coupon Mamacita
    Dec 10, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Oh, that sounds so good! I love beets, and a salad is always a good way to get in extra nutrients.

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    Bonnie Gowen
    Dec 10, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    That looks really pretty and delicious and also healthy. Can’t wait to make this.

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    Mimi Green
    Dec 10, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    It looks delicious and sound great for my waistline. I’ve never had watercress.

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      rika agustini
      Dec 19, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Hi Mimi, yes this salad can be filling enough and really has no bad ingredients. Watercress is newer to my diet as far as veggies go, but it’s quite amazing. Here’s an article on showing nutrition by density of each vegetable and watercress is #1: The consistency and shape are great but the actual taste is a bit strong, so I found that the light vinaigrette added to this salad really helps.

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    Dec 11, 2016 at 6:49 am

    I don’t usually like beets but this recipe looks and sounds delicious! I need to try it!

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    Dec 12, 2016 at 5:31 am

    My husband loves beets…me not so much. This sounds delicious and healthy too.

  • Reply
    Dec 12, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Great recipe! I love a good beet salad! Looks delicious!

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