Recipe: Chicken, watercress and walnut salad with garlic dressing

Having recently received a copy of A salad for all seasons cookbook by Harry Eastwood as a gift,  I had a go at making the smoked chicken, watercress and almond salad with a garlic cream dressing (p35). However, I adapted the recipe by using chargrilled rather than smoked chicken, walnuts in place of almonds and mixed instead of pink peppercorns.

I was really pleased with how this turned out. The garlic cream dressing was thicker than your average salad dressing, but it tasted great – I could just about detect the garlic and the lemon, without the taste becoming too overpowering. It’s quick and easy to make, too; simply toss the ingredients together, prep the no-cook dressing and drizzle over the salad.

Chicken, watercress and walnut salad with garlic dressing


For the salad
2 large handfuls ready-to-use watercress leaves
30g walnuts, crumbled into pieces
A medium bunch of tarragon leaves, torn from the stem
150g chargrilled chicken breast, cut into strips
A pinch of freshly ground mixed peppercorns

For the dressing
2 tbsp crème fraîche
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 clove garlic, peeled and minced
Salt to taste

For the dressing
1. Mix the dressing ingredients together until combined and season with salt.

For the salad
1. Toss the watercress with the walnuts, tarragon and chicken.

2. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and sprinkle with the freshly ground peppercorns. Serve immediately, as the watercress will begin to wilt.



  1. September 9, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    This sounds totally delicious. I love watercress, chicken and walnuts, and oh garlic, so yummy! What are peppercorns?

  2. September 9, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    Oh yum this sounds amazing – I totally need to try this, perhaps I can whip it up tomorrow. x

  3. September 10, 2015 / 5:11 am

    I absolutely love chicken salad and adding a garlicky dressing to the mix would just be heaven. Yum!

  4. Emma
    September 10, 2015 / 7:11 am

    Looks great. Thank tou for sharing. All these food posts in the morning are making my tummy rumble x

  5. September 10, 2015 / 6:35 am

    This looks fab, I think hubby would be impressed as there is not to much greenery but plenty of meat!!

  6. Serena
    September 10, 2015 / 7:59 am

    Looks tasty and easy to make.

  7. September 10, 2015 / 7:07 am

    Ohh yum! This looks and sounds delicious! So simple to make too x

  8. Daniella
    September 10, 2015 / 8:16 am

    This looks delicious, my two year old loves all of the components especially garlic so I might try this recipe for lunch next week.

  9. September 10, 2015 / 8:43 am

    This looks lovely! I love watercress and I always add it to my chicken risotto.

  10. September 10, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    Wow , this looks so delicious and easy to cook too. Love your yummy food posts

  11. September 10, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    Mm this salad looks incredible! I really need to start eating more salads…

  12. September 10, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    I love the sound of a walnut garlic salad, a veggie version would be better for me though 🙂

  13. September 10, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing! I’ll have to try it!

  14. September 11, 2015 / 8:50 am

    This looks divine I would replace the chicken with Quorn as I am a vegetarian but that sauce looks delicious!

  15. September 11, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    Love the sound of this, although I’d have to leave out the walnuts. Watercress is one of my favourite additions to salad.

    • September 12, 2015 / 12:25 pm

      You could swap the nuts for croutons 🙂 Would be delicious!

  16. September 12, 2015 / 10:42 am

    This is my sort of dish = going to add it to my pinterest dinner ideas board x

    • September 12, 2015 / 12:24 pm

      Awesome, glad you liked it and thank you 🙂

    • September 13, 2015 / 4:01 pm

      It is a very tasty salad 🙂 Glad to have inspired you 😀

  17. September 12, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    That looks and sounds so fresh and delicious- I wish I had the ability to think up recipes like this! x

    • September 13, 2015 / 4:00 pm

      Thanks, I actually took some inspiration from a recipe by Harry Eastman in her book ‘A Salad For All Seasons’

  18. Deanna
    September 13, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    I’ve only just had my tea but this has me hungry again! It looks so incredibly yummy, defo have to give this a go!

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