Asian watercress and ginger chicken salad

watercress salad without chicken

Asian watercress and ginger chicken salad

A couple of years ago I found the most delicious watercress salad recipe. The flavours of the mint and coriander with the soy dressing were such fresh summer flavours. It reminds me of those lush beach days, hungry from the surf and having these incredible flavours for lunch or dinner.

watercress salad without chicken

mint in a salad is so fresh!

The watercress salad is delicious on its own, if you are not wanting to eat meat. I eat most of it, while I am making it!

It is absolutely delicious and I am happy to share it with you here!

Asian watercress and ginger chicken salad
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
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Serves: 2
  • -Ginger chicken
  • ¼ cup of hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 clove of garlic - finely grated
  • 1 tsp of ginger - finely grated
  • 1 organic chicken breast
  • -Watercress salad
  • Dressing
  • 1 tbsp of lime juice
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • ½ tsp of ginger - finely grated
  • 1 clove of garlic - minced
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • ½ tsp of chilli flakes
  • Salad
  • 1 lebanese cucumber - shaved with vegetable peeler into super thin slices
  • ½ bunch of watercress - sprigs picked, washed and dried
  • 1 cup of bean shoots
  • ½ cup coriander leaves - chopped
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves - chopped
  1. Mix the hoisin sauce, tamari, garlic and ginger in a large bowl and add the chicken breast, tossing gently to coat the breast. Leave for five minutes to let the flavours develop.
  2. Heat bbq grill or grilling pan to medium and grill the chicken breast for 7 - 8 minutes on each side until cooked through. Slice the chicken across the grain.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Shave the cucumber lengthways with a vegetable peeler or mandolin. Add to a large bowl with watercress, bean sprouts, coriander and mint.
  5. Drizzle with dressing and gently toss to combine.
  6. Serve in two bowls with slices of ginger chicken on top.
NB: If you are planning to have leftovers, store the dressing ingredients separately and dress the salad just before serving.

watercress salad with chicken



This is going to be one of my summer favourites 🙂 I am looking for recipes to take to work, rather than eat cafe food, which, while delicious is expensive and fattening.

Lets go to the beach and wash our selves out with salt water, and come home to a mint, coriander and watercress salad! It will be lush 🙂

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