When making a side salad for dinner? Consider using arugula. If you’re not keen on including arugula as the only green in the salad mix, than include it as at least one of the other greens; you’ll be glad you did. Arugula is commonly referred to as The Rocket…for a reason. But arugula can be used in other amazing ways.
Excerpt from Plants with Benefits:
Though the bitter tang of arugula’s oak-shaped leaves might be too spicy for your palate, its aphrodisiac effects might just have you reaching for that second bite anyway. Click to Tweet!
I asked my friend, Michael Nolan, to share one of his many recipes using arugula. As I imagined, he created something exceptional, unexpected, and oh so delicious, and it all started with arugula, a plant with benefits. Enjoy!
I am a huge fan of arugula and its unexpected peppery bite. While it is one of my favorite salad add-ins, I craved more. I wanted warmth and depth of flavor that just doesn’t come from even the most tasty of cold salads. Click to Tweet!
When faced with an abundance of arugula on the eve of a forecasted ice storm, I knew I had to act fast. I harvested the goods and then headed for my pantry. That’s when it hit me.
Of course! It made perfect sense. Five minutes to harvest and gather the ingredients, another couple of minutes in the blender or food processor and I had a brilliant green pesto that carried just enough of that peppery kick to make people wonder how you did it.
- a large handful of fresh arugula
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup olive oil +/-
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- Place half of the olive oil in a blender or food processor followed by the arugula, Parmesan, and pecans. Pulse until everything begins to combine and drizzle in additional olive oil until it is thoroughly blended to a creamy consistency.
- Taste for seasoning before adding salt as the Parmesan can often be quite salty by itself.
- Toss pesto with hot pasta, add fresh cracked black pepper and garnish shaved Parmesan.
Michael Nolan loves gardening. He’s been doing it longer than he has been able to walk. As he got older and began to see how many rules seemed to be associated with gardening he suddenly realized how stupid it was for anyone to think that he was actually going to pay attention to them. Michael Nolan is anything but a follower.
Michael’s book I Garden: Urban Style gives readers a relaxed and informal introduction to gardening in a variety of environments, making it possible for everyone to grow no matter what their previous success rate.