I don't know about you but now that springtime is here, I'm all about fresh vegetables, farmer's markets, and bright flavors. One of my favorite plants to grow is arugula. Every year I try to grow a couple of my favorite vegetables and herbs in my garden, and one of the easiest that I've grown is arugula. Arugula, also known as rocket, grows super fast and is the perfect plant to start early Spring, even during the fall. Arugula prefers cooler temperatures and preferably in a shady spot.
Some might say arugula has too much of a spicy kick, but I find it to be peppery, slightly sweet and full of delicious flavor. If you're growing arugula in your garden this year, it's best to harvest them young and to pick the bright green outer leaves. If you notice white flowers on your arugula plants, the flavor of the arugula will be more intense, but still edible.
As tasty as it is to make an arugula salad, you can also treat arugula like spinach. Sauté it, use it as a stuffing, you can even make arugula pesto with it! Check out some of our favorite arugula recipes.
1. Arugula Pesto
If you have an abundance of fresh arugula that you don't want to waste, a great recipe to whip up in your food processor is arugula pesto. Make it like traditional basil pesto, just swap out the basil for arugula.
Use this arugula recipe as a healthy replacement for mayonnaise on a sandwich or use to it top fish or grilled chicken. Arugula pesto has a little more of a pepper bite to it, but it's just as delicious! You can even freeze the leftovers. Here's the recipe.
2. BLT with Arugula
Maybe renaming this recipe to a BAT is more appropriate since the lettuce is replaced with peppery arugula, which by the way is wilted in some of the bacon fat! BLTs are one of my go-to sandwiches for a super quick weeknight meal.
3. Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza
Arugula on pizza might sound a little unusual, but it happens to be one of my favorite pizza toppings. This simple pizza recipe is so quick to make and perfect for any busy weeknight. The combination of the flavorful arugula and salty prosciutto will make you feel like you're at a five star pizza restaurant.
4. Balsamic Grilled Steak Salad with Peaches
Balsamic marinated steak, sweet peaches, and tangy blue cheese make up this healthy arugula salad recipe all in one bowl. If you don't like blue cheese, you can also try using goat cheese or Parmesan cheese.
Get ready to include this simple arugula steak salad in your dinner rotation this Spring. Here's the recipe.
5. Baked Frittata with Roasted Red Peppers, Arugula and Basil Pesto
A frittata is basically like a crustless quiche and so simple to make. I love to serve frittatas for breakfast, but it also makes a great dinner side dish to go alongside your favorite soup recipe or green salad.
The peppery arugula, roasted red peppers and basil pesto (you can also use arugula pesto) fill this frittata with delicious Italian flavors. Here's the recipe.
6. Roast Beef and Arugula Bundles
An arugula salad makes a great side dish or appetizer, but this recipe for roast beef and arugula bundles is one to try out for your next get-together. The fresh greens are tossed in a simple lemon dressing and wrapped in roast beef along with shaved Parmesan cheese. How easy is that?
7. Spinach and Arugula Lasagna Roll Ups
I'm a huge fan of lasagna and the added fresh arugula leaves and spinach rolled in the pasta add in some extra green color. This recipe proves that arugula leaves aren't just for a simple salad!
8. Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Arugula, Pine Nuts, and Herb Dressing
Pasta salad is a refreshing side dish perfect for a barbecue or just on its own. This pasta salad combines peppery arugula leaves, sweet grape tomatoes, red onion and pine nuts all in a creamy basil and cilantro mayonnaise dressing. Your new favorite recipe!
9. Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches
This sandwich with the peppery arugula, basil-chive aioli and pork tenderloin is one worth trying this week. Here's the recipe.
10. The Green Vesper
So, I know this green cocktail might not be for everyone, but hey, it's a great way to sneak in some veggies! Start off my making an arugula simple syrup with sugar, water and arugula leaves and combine the syrup with gin, vodka, lemon juice and a pinch of salt.