Sweet Corn Smothered in Watercress Pesto

We're big corn lovers, of the organic kind, it's an easy and nutritious side dish and this recipe takes it to the next level! Our lovely friend Kyra, from Kyra's Kitchen has shared her quick and simple corn with watercress pesto recipe with us. This recipe is vegan, gluten free, sugar free and oh-so healthy!

A New Way To Enjoy Sweet Corn

  • Makes 4 portions
  • Takes 15 minutes


  • 4 corn cobs
  • 100 grams watercress
  • 2 hands sunflower seeds, raw, hulled
  • 5 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast flakes (optional)

Optional garnishes:

  • Extra sunflower seeds, dry roasted
  • Sprinkles of watercress leaves
  • Drizzles of raw honey or rice syrup


  1. Remove outer husk from corn. Place corn in ample amounts of water, no salt added. Bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes or so. While corn is cooking make pesto.
  2. Use a large strainer to rinse watercress and set aside to drain. 
  3. Heat a dry skillet and add sunflower seeds. Roast until golden. Turn heat off, let cool.
  4. Place watercress in food processor (or use hand-blender), add sunflower seeds, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and (optionally) nutritional yeast flakes. Add half of the sea salt. Pulse until a pesto-like consistency appears. Taste and choose whether to add more sea salt.
  5. Place in a jar and top with some more olive oil. This will keep the pesto fresh. 
  6. Place in the fridge and use when desired. 
  7. To plate this dish: strain corn, rub with pesto and place one cob of corn on each plate. Garnish with sprigs of watercress, dry roasted sunflower seeds and a wedge of lemon.

More about Kyra from Kyra's Kitchen

Kyra is a certified naturopath and a self-taught food and lifestyle photographer. As bodymind chef she writes books (Daytox, Kyra’s Kitchen) and articles (Yoga Magazine, Wendy, ELLE food). She develops recipes, cooks, styles, photographs, films and talks about health food. Some of her clients include (inter)national brands such as Yogi Tea, Thermen Bussloo and The House of Yoga. Her online journal, full of plant-based recipes, slow living and holistic health inspiration, can be found at

(recipe and photo © Kyra’s Kitchen)

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