Lucky Watercress & Lime Soup

Lucky Watercress & Lime Soup Question: What does a 7-course Irish meal usually consist of? Answer: A boiled potato and a 6-pack of Guinness :-) Actually, truth be told, Irish cuisine has come a long way. In celebrating my Irish heritage this month, I’ve decided to highlight a few Irish-inspired recipes and share them with you. This recipe, Watercress & Lime Soup, is not mine (but I have tweeked it). It comes from the lovely Irish cookbook, The Irish Isle.

A couple of things I like about this cookbook – One, it comes paired with an adorable traditional Irish Music CD. And secondly, the cookbook highlights the recipes of talented Irish chefs featuring New Irish Cuisine served at popular castles, manor houses and country house hotels around the Irish isle.

I chose this particular recipe because it’s served at the Ashford Castle, the castle my sisters and I stayed at when we visited the mothercountry for the very first time. Watercress runs wild in Ireland. It’s been used in Irish cooking since ancient times. The lime in this recipe gives it a wonderful tanginess. Hope you like it!

Watercress And Lime Soup
Lucky Watercress & Lime Soup
Watercress And Lime Soup
Lucky Watercress & Lime Soup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 leek chopped, white part only
  • 1 cup diced peeled celery root
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 10 ounces de-stemmed watercress
  • 1/2 cup cream (or non-dairy cream)
  • Juice of 2 small limes
  1. In a large soup pot over medium-low heat, heat oil. Add onion, leek and celery root and cook until tender, about 7 minutes.
  2. Stir in vegetable stock and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the watercress, raise the heat to high, and bring to a boil.
  3. Puree the soup using a handheld blender (or transfer to a food processor). Gently stir in cream and lime juice until well blended.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Irish Isle

  • Hester aka The Chef Doc

    Mmm, wonderfulness! This soup is gorgeous, Trish! And I know the flavors all rock together :-) What’s also great is the simplicity of it. I love simple recipes. I’ve been making more of them as of late, probably because I’m jammed for time with school. But, finals are next week so, I look forward to taking a break. Perhaps I’ll make some of this soup when the weather cools (if it does) back down! Happy Fat Tuesday and International Women’s Day, Trish :-)

    • Lori Lynn

      Hi Trish – I must tell that the name of this soup got me! Lucky? I adore this, I bet the soup was wonderful. I know you didn’t invent it, but did you give it the lucky adjective?
      Lime + watercress = great paring of two foods. Kudos to you for sharing, and Happy Upcoming St. Paddy’s Day.

  • penny aka jeroxie

    beuatiful bowl of soup. the flavours are perfect

  • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }

    Stunning soup! Love the ode to St. Patrick’s day! Love the combinations of flavors and colors! Have a great week!!! :-)

  • Kankana

    That is one beautiful bowl. I am sure it taste really delicious. I love the pics you have taken .. beautiful !

  • Sandra@Sandra’s Easy Cooking

    This is heavenly! Love this soup of yours, and photos are just amazing! Awesome post as always!

  • eatingRD

    Looks very fresh! Neat to have recipes with special meaning and origin :) I’ve never tried celery root before, what does it taste like?

    • Trish

      While celery root may certainly not be the best looking vegetable, it has the wonderful zesty flavors of celery and parsley. If you like celery, you’ll like this root veggie. Thanks for reading :-)

  • Natalie

    I love the use of celeriac instead of the more traditional potato in this soup. I’m sure that it and the lime juice give the soup a really unusual flavour. You’ve got me intrigued although, being of Irish descent too, I don’t know if I could forego the potato!!

  • heather

    I would never have pegged this soup as Irish. It was the lime and cheese that threw me. I’ll trust the Irish woman and Irish cookbook, though! Someday, if so lucky, we’ll visit Ireland, eating and drinking and soaking up the history (and that green!) as we go along. In the meantime, I have some fresh-baked mini soda breads (thanks to your suggestion) and a killer soup recipe to make soon. Plus I could use some serious luck in searching for a job when we move to NC in a few months…



  • Tiffany

    I love watercress. This soup looks comforting and delish!

    • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

      It sounds so bright a poppy! I really can’t wait to try this out. Love all the green.

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    What a great St. Patrick’s Day recipe, Trish! This soup is so full of color and flavor, and your photos are just lovely. I bet it would be wonderful with a hunk of Irish soda bread! Thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful blog and I’m looking forward to exploring your recipes. :)

  • Anjali Shah

    What a creative recipe!! I’ve never even heard of watercress soup – I usually just use watercress in sandwiches or salads – but this is a much cooler way to prepare it :) Looking forward to trying this out – thanks for sharing!

  • Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen

    I l.o.v.e lime! This looks fantastic. Watercress soup sounds a little bland but I bet the addition of lime really makes it pop :)

  • Kristen (swanky dietitian)

    This soup looks excellent!
    Happy RD day by the way!
    I just love your photographs. Did you take classes?

    • Trish

      I took some classes a longgg time ago in high school but mostly just messed around with the camera. I use a 50mm lens sometimes and a 18-55mm lens other times. I find natural lighting works best. Thanks for asking, Kristen :-)

  • Peggy

    This soup looks and sounds great! Love all the green! It’s definitely festive enough!

    • Nancy aka SpicieFoodie

      I so glad to see other delicious Irish recipes. Every Irish dish I’ve eaten, I’ve loves. The soup looks fresh, healthy and so delicious. I’ll keep an eye out for more of your Irish recipes. Thanks for educating us :)

  • The Teenage Taste

    Your photos are gorgeous. I’m not a big fan of watercress, but your photos are making me crave it! 😛

  • Sarah

    Ohhhh yum. Gnarly as it is, I love celery root! Your pictures are lovely.

  • Chris’s Gourmet Fashion

    Watercress and lime; seems like a great combination. Thanks for sharing!

  • kita

    What an interesting and very green soup! Looks and sounds great!

  • Miri Leigh

    This soup looks wonderful- thanks for sharing! Perfect for a cold day!

  • Lauren Slayton

    I’ll admit, I don’t know a lot about Irish cuisine but I want to now. These flavors sound fantastic. I love watercress but have never cooked it. Thank you for this.

  • Meal Makeover Mom Janice

    This soup looks so yummy and would be perfect on this cold day in Boston. Your photos are stunning! My daughter asked me not to make our usual corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day so maybe I’ll make this soup…

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  • Aine

    thx Trish. I found your post while looking for healthy vegetarian recipes from Ireland for our school intercultural day on Friday. I’m from Galway, live in Spain and just back from home and feeling a bit overwhelmed by meat meals!