If you ever see a salad green referred to as “rocket,” it’s simply another name for arugula, or roquette in French. Yet another brassicaceae along with kale and cauliflower, its delightfully pungent leaves have been cultivated in the Mediterranean since time was recorded. As such, arugula is a perennial favorite in Italian cooking. (more…)
Found on skinnytaste.com, this summer salad highlights the peppery arugula that we get from Farmer John. Toss with nutty chick peas, pasta, sun dried tomatoes, shaved parmesan and balsamic vinegar to create a simple yet delicious main dish salad – perfect for lunch or dinner. Portions are large, loaded with fiber and very satisfying. Serves 4. (more…)
This recipe, found on simplyfreshcooking.com is a great way to use arugula. The great thing about pesto is that it’s so versatile. You can literally use any kind of leafy green in place of the arugula – even spinach, mustard greens, swiss chard.
The greens aren’t the only thing you can substitute. Choose a different nut – like almonds or walnuts. Just remember to toast them first. This allows their natural oils to be released and their hidden aromas to come out, which means more flavor for your pesto. Yields about 1 cup. (more…)