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Watercress Salad with Sardines, Oranges, and Pepitas

Detox Cred: Choosing clean seafood is a great way to minimize the amount of toxins (like mercury) you take in. Wild-caught Pacific sardines, rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12, are one of the greenest fish choices you can make.

  • Servings: 2
Watercress Salad with Sardines, Oranges, and Pepitas

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Whole Living, January/February January/February 2012


  • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 2 cups watercress sprigs
  • 1/4 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon
  • 2 clementines, peel and pith removed, sliced
  • 1 (4-ounce) can olive-oil packed sardines, drained
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Vinaigrette


  1. Whisk lemon zest and juice with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Arrange watercress, red onion, and tarragon on a platter.

  3. Top with clementine slices, sardines, and pumpkin seeds. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with vinaigrette, and adjust seasoning as necessary.

Reviews (6)

  • LittleRedFrog 27 Jan, 2014

    PS: I could find watercress so I used rucola instead. Works just as well! I do look forward to trying with watercress though.
    Also, I roasted sunflower seeds instead of pumpkin seeds as there were the ones I had at home. Delicious nonetheless.

  • LittleRedFrog 27 Jan, 2014

    OH. MY. GOD.
    This is AMAZING! And so fast to prepare! The flavours are surprising and very fresh.
    This will become a favourite for my lunch-at-work!!

  • Angielup 7 Feb, 2012

    As simple as this recipe appears to be its delicious. The combination of textures and flavors make it really good.

  • skspillman 3 Feb, 2012

    Loved this salad. Only change I made was to use spring mix instead of watercress. The light citrus taste paired with the savory sardines is a great combination.

  • Kristinita 17 Jan, 2012

    A little nervous about this recipe. I am not a fish eater but would like to be. Can a milder fish like tilapia, cod, or haddock be substituted?

  • moonblisser 10 Jan, 2012

    I am loving the detox so far, but some of these recipes call for hard-to-find ingredients. So, this is one of those recipes where you might have to get creative. I hate sardines, so I substituted canned tuna and since I couldn't find any watercress, I used mixed greens. I also added some balsamic vinegar to the lemon juice/olive oil dressing. It worked out quite well, actually, and I loved how all of the flavors mingled. Makes a lovely light lunch.

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