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1 Food 5 Ways: Arugula

With all the bags, boxes, and bunches of arugula available everywhere from farm stands to supermarket cases, it's hard to believe that not that long ago, the spicy leaves were a specialty green found only in high-end restaurants and Italian eateries. As arugula's popularity has grown, so have its uses in the kitchen. The following pages offer a few new ways to try the peppery leaves.


Cantaloupe-Arugula Salad (pictured)

Arugula-Ricotta Omelet for One

Goat Cheese-Arugula Bruschetta

Ultimate Summer Arugula Salad

Crispy Lemon Pepper Arugula

How to Choose & Store
Annabel Khouri of Bay Branch Farm, an urban market garden in Lakewood, Ohio, shares her best tips for selecting and storing arugula.

Look for small leaves and stalks, especially at farmers' markets. "Huge leaves and big stalks mean plants have gone by. They don't taste as good."

Don't choose wild if you don't like spicy. Wild arugula is not technically wild—it's a variety with smaller, pointier leaves and a spicier flavor.

Refrigerate arugula in a salad spinner. Khouri washes the greens, spins them dry, leaves the water in the bottom of the spinner, and stores the arugula in the spinner in the fridge: "This keeps it really fresh for up to a week."

Comments on this Article

MMMMMM! This sounds delicious, Steve :) I'm going to give it a try!

Make arugula pesto with fresh arugula, extra virgin olive oil, garlic cloves and walnuts. To cut down on the oil use water instead! Season with salt and pepper.

arugula pesto!

Also works really well with baby tomatoes!

I live in Germany and they eat a lot of Rucola(Arugula). My favorite pizza is a cheese pizza topped with cherry tomatoes, a bunch of arugala, and shaved parmesan. Depending on the restaurant the greens may be tossed with sea salt, black pepper, olive oil and balsamic. They do the same green topping on grilled veggie pizza's and it's heavenly. I'm in love with these two. Another use is the substitution of arugula for basil in pesto. Sweet sauteed peppers and onions can help offset the bitter. gotta go I'm hungry now!

Wow this one was sooo yummy. Mmmm i love it. The taste was very exquisite. Delicious.

i'm trying a recipe tomorrow with mushroom ravioli with toasted pine nuts and wilted arugula... All of these suggestions sound so yummy! Glad to have other new things to try so I can use all the arugula I got at the market!