Watercress, Fennel, Red Grapefruit & Labneh Salad

Watercress, Fennel, Red Grapefruit & Labneh Salad

The best way to use watercress — if you’re not adding it to salads, omelettes, stir-fries or cucumber sandwiches — is to create a healthy detoxing soup. Because watercress is farmed all year round you can enjoy it at any season.

Serves: 4



Watercress, Fennel, Red Grapefruit & Labneh Salad

By: Lee Holmes

Discover the best way to use watercress! Watercress is farmed all year round so you can enjoy it in any season.


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  • ⅛ tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 ruby red grapefruit, peeled & sliced, pith removed & juice reserved
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp brown mustard
  • Pinch Himalayan sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • 1 small fennel bulb, halved lengthwise & sliced finely
  • 3 cups fresh watercress
  • 1 cup store-bought or homemade labneh


  • In heavy frying pan toast fennel seeds for a couple of mins until fragrant. Grind in mortar and pestle or grinder until fine.
  • Place ground seeds in jar with lid and add 3 tbsp grapefruit juice, lemon juice and zest, honey and mustard and season to taste. Shake until combined and set aside.
  • Place grapefruit segments, onion, fennel and watercress in bowl, top with pieces of labneh and drizzle with dressing then toss gently to combine.


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Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes is a nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef, Lifestyle Food Channel’s Healthy Eating Expert, blogger and author of the best-selling books Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, Heal your Gut, Eat Right for Your Shape and Supercharged Food for Kids.

Lee’s food philosophy is all about S.O.L.E. food: sustainable, organic, local and ethical. Her main goal is to alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich meals is difficult, complicated and time-consuming. From posting recipes, her passion to share her autoimmune disease story and help others has snowballed and the blog has recently taken home the overall prize at the Bupa Health Influencer Awards as well as the best blog in the Healthy Eating category. She also runs a four-week online Heal Your Gut program.

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