Pods & sods with watercress

Pods & sods with watercress

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 6

Soya beans, asparagus, broad beans and peas tossed in a vinaigrette make a delicious springtime accompaniment to roast lamb

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal137
  • fat9g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre5g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.1g


  • bunch of asparagus, woody ends removed, each spear sliced into 3 pieces on an angle



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 100g fresh or frozen podded broad beans, skins removed
  • 100g fresh or frozen peas



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 100g frozen soya or edamame beans
  • 3 spring onions, each sliced into 3 pieces on an angle
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • ½ small pack mint, leaves torn



    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

  • 100g bag watercress



    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…

For the dressing

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Drop in the asparagus, bring back to the boil, then add all the beans, the peas and spring onions. Bring to the boil again, then drain and cool quickly by running under cold water.

  2. To make the dressing, mix the mustard with the oil, vinegar and some seasoning. On a large platter, mix all the vegetables with the mint, watercress and a splash of dressing.

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saddleworth1's picture
11th Jul, 2017
Light salad of lovely veg. Could be served with a summer buffet. I didn't have watercress so used rocket and it worked equally well. A keeper i think.
6th Nov, 2016
I do this all year round as apart from asparagus the rest of the vegetables are frozen.. Asparagus is available year round now though obviously at its finest when in season. My kids love this with anything and goes well with chicken and fish. I leave out the mint as I don't like it but use parsley. Or other soft herb
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