Watercress tabbouleh recipe

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This fresh, zingy salad takes minutes to prepare but will last in the fridge for ages.

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  • healthy
  • healthy
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time25 mins plus cooling
Total Time30 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories221 Kcal11%
Fat9.5 g14%
Saturated Fat1.5 g8%

Peppery watercress is a healthy addition to any dish - it's packed with vitamins and minerals and counts as one of your 5-a-day. Paired with plenty of chopped veg and bulked out with tasty grains, it's the wonder ingredient in this tasty tabbouleh. Whether you serve it at your next barbecue, bring it along for a picnic, or pop it in packed lunches, it's a quick, simple recipe that you can enjoy all season long.


  • 125g bulgar wheat
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and chopped (or 1 small red onion)
  • 2 heads of red chicory (about 140g) or 1 small head of fennel, finely sliced
  • 3tbsp olive oil 
  • 2 medium oranges – zest and juice from 1, and the other segmented
  • 2 x 75-100g bags fresh watercress, roughly chopped
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved




  1. Rinse the wheat, put in a pan with 600ml (1pt) of cold water, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, drain, put back in the pan and stir in the spring onions, chicory or fennel, oil, orange zest and juice.
  2. Stir in the chopped orange segments, watercress and tomatoes. Season well. Leave for 20 minutes before serving or chill to serve a few hours later.
Top Tip for making Watercress tabbouleh

Add cucumber or blanched broccoli and lemon instead of chicory, fennel and orange, if you prefer. To make it a main meal salad, add cubes of Feta cheese.


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