Arugula

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About

Arugula is a herbaceous annual plant native to Europe and western Asia. Also known as rocket, this pungent smelling vegetable was known to the Romans. A member of the cabbage family, Arugula is related to watercress, mustard and radishes.
Arugula can be eaten raw or cooked, but it should be used with discretion, as it has quite a sharp flavor. It marks an attractive and flavorful seasoning in broths, salads, mayonnaise, sandwiches, potato salads and pasta. It is also delicious pureed and incorporated into soups and sauces.

Storage

Place the unwashed arugula in a plastic bag, closing it loosely to admit some air, and refrigerate.

Arugula Salad with Oranges and Walnuts, tossed with a Balsamic Orange Vinaigrette

Claire Criscuolo, restaurateur

  • 8-10 cups arugula, about ½ pound
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/3 cup walnut halves

Dressing:

  • ¼ cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Organic Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed would be nice
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • pinch of cayenne, ground red pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pick off only the thick stems from the arugula, leaving the tender, thin stems. Fill the sink with plenty of cold water, then add the arugula, swishing the leaves around in the water, to loosen any grit. Lift the arugula out of the sink and into a colander set in a bowl. Repeat until no sand is left behind in the sink. Make the dressing. Measure the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and orange juice into a blender cup. Add the garlic, cayenne, salt and pepper. Cover and blend on high speed for 5-7 seconds until the dressing is creamy looking. Taste for seasonings.
Place the arugula into a salad bowl. Scatter the orange zest, orange pieces, and walnuts over the top. Pour the dressing evenly over the salad, using a rubber spatula to scrape the blender cup. Toss the salad using two wooden spoons to coat the salad with dressing. Serve immediately.

Serving size:
Serves 4