Arugula is a leafy green herb in the mustard family. It is called "rocket" in other countries. Arugula leaves resemble the leaves of an oak...which you'll notice in my first picture below.
This snappy herb has a peppery flavor...almost bitter...in a good way :) It becomes more bitter as the leaves grow larger. As arugula matures, flowers appear at the tops of the skinny stalks. These flowers are edible :)
Arugula is nutrient dense...low in calories and high in nutrients! It is a good source of vitamins A and C, folate, calcium and magnesium. Enjoy this green raw or cooked. It works best added to salads with other (sweeter) greens...or added to pizza, pasta, casseroles, sandwiches or soup!
Arugula can be used in place of basil in your favorite pesto recipe. If you grow your own arugula...refrigerate unwashed greens in a bag...and use within one to two days of harvesting.
Have a look at my fresh arugula...and the tasty salad we enjoyed with supper!
So Simple Salad!
I combined arugula with romaine and purple leaf lettuce.
Then I added toasted sunflower seeds, feta cheese and dried cranberries & plums.
A bit of red wine vinegar, olive oil and salt & pepper finished it off :)
1,000 Vegetarian Recipes by Carol Gelles