Asian-style Watercress Prawn Salad

For Weekend Herb Blogging this week, I´m having a closer look at watercress.

Watercress Beauty


Watercress is one of few veggies that I have grown to love more and more in past years. I love them in salad, or quickly add them to noodle soup or stir-fry. The slight bitter and somewhat peppery taste is addictive somehow.

This beautiful vegetable is believed to be the spring cleaning herb. And with Sydney weather is so warm and gorgeous; I do feel that spring has returned early this year. Time to put aside winter heavy dishes and opt for something lighter!

Asian-style Watercress and Prawn Salad


The salad I make today is inspired from a wonderful book called Balance and Harmony: Asian Food by Neil Perry. It is incredibly refreshing with the balance of sweet-sour note. These fresh flavours are classic, and I am so fond of them.

This dish is really easy to prepare. But be sure to buy good fish sauce. My choice of fish sauce (outside Vietnam) is this brand.

My weekend has been good so far. Tomorrow we will have a 28C day in Sydney although technically winter is still around. Time to get out and enjoy the sun for me!

Asian-style Watercress and Prawn Salad


Asian-style Watercress Prawn Salad


Ingredients (for two as starter)
8 king prawns, cooked, peeled and deveined with tails left intact
1 large handful of coriander (cilantro) leaves
1 cup of watercress leaves
Slices of red chillies
1 lime leaf, finely sliced

Dressing: Juice of 1 lime, 2 tsp sugar, 1 tbp fish sauce.

Method: Whisk together the dressing ingredients, taste to get the right balance. Toss through prawns and other ingredients. Serve immediately.

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15 Responses to Asian-style Watercress Prawn Salad

  1. Kalyn says:

    Gorgeous salad, and now that you and Lydia have both recommended Three Crabs fish sauce, I must find it!

  2. Johanna says:

    28 C is crazy winter weather – no wonder you are making salads – makes me want to go out and buy watercress!

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A delightfully refined dish and eually exquisite pictures!

  4. Pam says:

    That is my favorite kind of salad, simple!

  5. Julia @Mélanger says:

    Wonderful. I just bought that book for my partner – he loves making Asian inspired dishes. I will have to post-it-note this one! :)

  6. Faith says:

    This is a beautiful dish, and I also love the sweet and savory flavor combo! Delicious!

  7. Ruth Rogers says:

    Looks like an amazing salad!

  8. Christie says:

    Fantastic photos! I love salads with few ingredients that really shine. Your prawns look so fresh!

  9. NQN says:

    You've made me crave watercress again. Sadly I'm a bit of a chicken and the last time we used watercress, I found a slug in it which freaked me out as I had cut it in half. I know, pathetic I know but I have a slug phobia.

  10. Manggy says:

    Watercress is very uncommon here, but I'd love to give it a try if only for your lovely salad :) I'd seen that book but only the cover– looks impressive (and hefty!)!

  11. BitterSweet says:

    So simple and elegant, love the idea of this. You know, I've actually seen vegan "shrimp" online, but have never been brave enough to try them… I'm so tempted to finally buy some to try making a lovely dish like this!

  12. ChichaJo says:

    I enjoy the flavor of watercress too…this salad looks perfect to cool off on a warm day! Love those Asian flavors…

  13. cookingpractice says:

    this herb is really new to me, i guess i havent seen it before!

  14. veron says:

    Watercress is one of my favorite veggies, soup or salad I love it. And this is such a great combination with prawns!

  15. foodcreate says:

    Delicious salad your pictures are so beutiful :)

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