Used well, it deserves a comeback | Arugula, Apple, and Walnut Salad
Arugula reminds me that tastes can change. Growing up my daughter called arugula “angry lettuce” but now she’s a vegan who eats it happily. Thanks for the recipes!
Arugula became trendy a few decades ago here but it grew in my grandparent's garden in the 1960s. They were both immigrants to the USA from southern Italy. I love its unique flavor in salads or lightly sauteed.
I absolutely LOVE arugula. We have it growing wild in our yard (escapees from cultivation) and I can 100% smell it, even at a distance. My mouth waters immediately
Great post! We LOVE arugula and this year, I decided to sprinkle a couple seed packets into raised beds.... Have given them all multiple "hair cuts" and they just keep producing!! It's been THE BEST and we've been having simple arugula salad 3-4x per week! Super simple work lemon, evoo, pecorino and anchovies.
The only salad leaf I'm usually brave enough to use is baby spinach. Would Arugula taste nice paired with that? I do like Arugula but find it a bit bitter if it's just that. Also, DID NOT know you could make Arugula pesto - that sounds more up my alley. Also mind blown a bit, is Arugula also called Rocket? duhhh
I'm an '80s girl, too. And I love Arugula... it never left my kitchen. Do you remember the book The United States of Arugula? It must have come out during the heyday of arugula and when it was used pretentiously.
Before our 1st trip to Italy in 2010, arugula was something “fancy” restaurants added to salads for a “classy touch”. 1st time we had it with prosciutto on pizza in Lucca, we were sold! I use it for summer salads frequently now. Will have to dig out my blender and try doing pesto.
Looking forward to the Sunday launch party and glad you had a pleasant Easter. LOVed the poppy picture and Livia with her hair clippers😃
I don’t think arugula even existed in Australia in the 80s 😊 unless you were one of the Italian families growing it in your backyard so I didn’t know I might be out of style. It is my absolute favourite salad green and have always meant to get around to making a pesto so your reminder has inspired me.
Such a lovely read. We absolutely love arugula too- here in the UK we call it rocket. We usually grow two varieties of it in the vegetable patch - wild rocket, which is particularly peppery and grows prolifically; and a special cultivated variety that is a bit milder, but just as delicious. We happily include it in as many salads as we can!
You have inspired me with 'taste-visions' of arugula pesto. Thank you!
I sowed arugula outside this week- spring *is* coming, even in New England😅
I love arugula! I had actually forgotten about arugula pesto, this remind me I used to drizzle it on fish.
I love it on my pizza too, something you occasionally see here in the US now too.
I do hope you share that chocolate cake recipe--your cakes are my favorites!
Called rocket here, I adore arugula but often just lightly dress it with EVO and white balsamic just before it hits the table and enjoy it as a side dish to everything the warmer it gets.
You mentioned salad burnet though, which I have growing in a pot by the back door but which I've never yet found a satisfactory use for - any recommendations of preparations or recipes?