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Filtering by Tag: Arugula

Risotto Verde

Jacob Bailey


  • cups chicken broth, preferably bouillon-based
  • 1 small onion, sliced lengthwise
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • cups kale, chopped and blanched
  • cups fresh spinach, chopped and blanched
  • 2 cups wild arugula, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh peas, boiled
  • cup Parmesan cheese, grated and divided
  • Salt and pepper, for taste



Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan, lower the flame and keep to the side. In a large  wok, sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil until golden, then add the rice and make sure it is completely coated in the oil. Cook for 3 minutes and then add the white wine, again making sure it's coated.

After, add ½ cup of broth at a time into the rice until it is completely absorbed and cooked al dente, reserving 1 cup of broth. Add in the kale and the spinach and cover with lid. After 3 minutes, add the arugula and the peas. Pour the remaining cup of broth, sprinkle a layer of Parmesan on top, no more then ½ cup, and cover with lid. After 4-5 minutes, remove lid and serve, adding Parmesan, salt, and pepper to taste.

Skirt Steak Salad with Arugula and Blue Cheese

Jacob Bailey

from Smitten Kitchen

I attempted an interesting-sounding retro salad dressing from this recipe and found it… inedible. I then made it a second time with no lime juice, a little bit of lime zest, half the balsamic vinegar and half the sugar and we found it… passable. (Well, I found it passable, my husband liked it.) If you’d like to make Catalina-ish dressing, that’s how I’d suggest going about it. However, to my taste, next time I will make this with a sharp mustard vinaigrette with a dash of Worcestershire sauce, a little steakhouse touch I love in salads like this, recipe below.

Serves 4

  • 1 pound skirt steak, trimmed of excess fat if necessary, halved crosswise, at room temperature
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pint (2 cups) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup (about 4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 pound baby arugula
  • Vinaigrette (below)
  • 3 tablespoons minced chives, 2 thinly sliced scallions or 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion, for garnish

Pat steak dry and season on both sides 1/2 teaspoon salt and many grinds of black pepper.

In a cast-iron skillet: Heat skillet on medium-high to high and add olive oil. When oil begins to shimmer, place steak in skillet and do not move it for 5 minutes. Turn it once, and cook for another 3 minutes for medium-rare. You may need to cook your steak halves separately, depending on the size of your pan.

On a grill: Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over hot charcoal or high heat for gas. Oil grill rack, then grill steak, covered only if using a gas grill, turning once, 4 to 6 minutes total for medium-rare.

Transfer steak to a cutting board and let rest, loosely covered with foil, for five minutes. Arrange arugula on a large platter. Thinly slice steak on the diagonal, across the grain. Arrange over arugula, then toss halved cherry tomatoes and blue cheese over platter. Add vinaigrette to taste, then sprinkle with chives, scallions or red onion. Serve with additional vinaigrette on the side.

Steakhouse Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon coarse Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Whisk ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and adjust ingredients to taste (usually more Dijon and vinegar for me).

Pasta with Potatoes, Arugula and Red Onions

Jacob Bailey


  • 1 pound yellow finn potatoes, well scrubbed but no need to peel
  • About 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • about a half pound arugula, thoroughly washed and dried
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 – 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 pound penne or other tubular pasta
  • 1/2 lemon

Preheat the oven to 400°. Slice the potatoes about 1/3 inch thick and toss them with a small amount of the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread them in a single layer in an ovenproof dish or on a baking sheet and roast in the oven until they are golden brown and cooked through, about 15 minutes. (Mine took a bit longer.) 

When the potatoes are done, remove them from the oven and put the pasta on to boil in a large pot of salted, boiling water. Heat a saute pan, add some of olive oil, and saute the sliced onion until it is soft and translucent and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the arugula and garlic, and saute both until they just begin to wilt and soften. Lower the heat, add the potato slices and toss together for a minute or two. When the pasta is done, drain them and add them to the potatoes and onion. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and toss everything together. Drizzle with a little olive oil and serve. You could certainly toss with grated Parmesan as well.

Arugula Walnut Pesto

Jacob Bailey

from Cook With What You Have

--adapted from Cookie+Kate

I used to be decidedly anti arugula pesto. I’d had several versions in restaurants that were just too bitter and strong. And I LOVE arugula but somehow the pesto versions never appealed. For some reason I decided to make some myself this summer and decided I loved it. Maybe the trick is lots of toasted walnuts and the lemon juice.

I like this with pasta, or boiled or roasted potatoes, with fish or as a spread on toast or with eggs.

  • 4 cups of packed arugula leaves, stems removed
  • 1 cup of shelled walnuts
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 cup good olive oil
  • 2 garlic clove peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, or a bit more

Over medium high heat, toast the walnuts until fragrant in a dry skillet, about five minutes. Or do this in a 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes.

In a food processor, combine the arugula, salt, walnuts and garlic. Pulse while drizzling in the olive oil. Remove the mixture from the processor and put it into a bowl. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, freshly ground pepper and a big squeeze of lemon, to taste.

This makes enough to generously coat a pound of pasta and have a little left over.

Wild Arugula Salad with Garlic Croutons, Shaved Parmesam, and Lemon

Jacob Bailey

From Bon Appétit 


  • 1 8-ounce piece ciabatta with crust (preferably day-old)
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces arugula (preferably wild; about 10 cups packed)
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved into strips with vegetable peeler


Preheat oven to 400°F. Rub crust of bread with garlic clove. Tear bread into 1-inch pieces and place in large bowl; toss with 1/4 cup olive oil. Sprinkle bread lightly with salt; arrange in single layer on rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden and crisp around edges, about 10 minutes. Cool. DO AHEAD: Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

Place arugula in large bowl. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons lemon juice, adding more lemon juice, if desired. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add 2/3 of croutons and half of Parmesan cheese and toss. Transfer to serving bowl; scatter remaining croutons and Parmesan cheese over and serve. Makes 6 servings

Ingredient tip: Wild arugula is dark green with spiky leaves. It has a more intense flavor than that of regular arugula. You'll find wild arugula at farmers' markets and at some supermarkets.

Arugula Pesto

Jacob Bailey

From Epicurious


  • 4 cups (packed) arugula leaves (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup (packed) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


Blend arugula, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese in processor until almost smooth. With machine running, gradually add olive oil; process until well blended. Season pesto to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made ahead. Cover and let stand up to 2 hours at room temperature or refrigerate up to 1 day. Bring to room temperature before using.) Makes about 1 cup.


Arugula with Orzo and Garden Tomatoes

Jacob Bailey

From The Kitchn


  • 3/4 cup orzo
  • About 8-10 cups arugula
  • Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2-3 ounces goat or feta cheese, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper


Cook the orzo in salted water according to package directions. Drain and reserve. Chop the arugula roughly. If the leaves are small or if it is baby arugula, no need to chop at all. Heat a large sauté pan over medium high heat and add a little olive oil. When it is hot, cook the arugula handful by handful, letting the first few handfuls wilt completely, and leaving the last few barely cooked.

Add the basil, tomatoes, cheese, and orzo with the last handful of arugula. Turn the heat to high and cook for another minute or two - until everything is hot. Remove from the heat and season to taste with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve immediately.

Strawberry-Arugula Salad with Ricotta Topping

Jacob Bailey

From The Kitchn


  • 4 pints strawberries, washed, hulled, and sliced into quarters
  • 1 pint raspberries, washed and blotted dry
  • 1-2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1 small bunch baby arugula, sliced into thin ribbons
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh, drained ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


Toss the strawberries, raspberries, almonds, and sliced arugula with a pinch of kosher salt and the zest of 1 lemon.

For the dressing:
In a separate bowl, mix the lemon juice and remaining lemon zest with the ricotta, sugar, and nutmeg. Taste and sweeten to taste, if necessary.

Serve the salad with the dressing on the side.