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Watercress Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes


Roasting chunks of sweet potatoes caramelizes them -- they're great to eat all on their own or tossed with crunchy nuts, tangy cheese, and crisp watercress.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: José Manuel Picayo Rivera

Source: Everyday Food, October 2007


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound total), peeled and cut into 2-inch-long matchsticks
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 bunches watercress (12 ounces total), stems trimmed
  • 4 ounces feta, crumbled


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, with racks on upper and lower thirds. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss sweet potatoes with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper. Roast on upper rack, until tender, 30 to 35 minutes, tossing halfway through.

  2. On another rimmed baking sheet, toss walnuts with cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon oil. Bake on lower rack, until golden, 6 minutes.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice, honey, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Add watercress, and toss to combine. Serve topped with sweet potatoes, walnuts, and feta.

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  • MS11886367
    18 OCT, 2012
    This is one of my favorite salads ever. And I love salads. Any green works, I usually do arugula. The flavor combination is amazing!
  • suzsafran
    24 JAN, 2010
    I make this all the time - it is a favorite on vegetarian night and is my regular Thanksgiving salad. I also substitute arugula for the watercress and I use pecans and leave out the cayenne pepper.
  • guitar4me86398
    20 JUN, 2009
    Such a great recipe! I usually like something more substantial for an entree than a salad, but we have this for dinner all the time! It's surprisingly hearty and filling. I usually cant find watercress so I make this with spinach. It's fantastic! Great mix of flavors and textures. Yum.
  • manandcat
    23 NOV, 2007
    I made this for Thanksgiving dinner, 2007. It was excellentn n n n n n even substituting hydroponic arugula for the watercress. Will try with watercress eventually. It was a wonderful melange of flavors!