What Is Arugula & How To Use It

What Is Arugula & How To Use It

Arugula is a leafy green vegetable that is associated with cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, Brussel sprouts and mustard greens.

The leafy green has a pretty distinct appearance. It’s comparable to the spiky leaves at the base of dandelion plants.

The leaves in an arugula plant have several bumps on either side.

Raw arugula is similar to spinach in texture, but it has longer stalks and more delicate leaves.

What Is Arugula & How To Use It
Left To Right Is Baby Arugula & Mature Arugula

Most arugula purchased at market are small, soft leaves, about 2 inches long (referred to as Baby Arugula).

Harvested mature leaves can be as big as 4 – 6 inches and have a more peppery taste.

Scientifically arugula is considered a cruciferous vegetable. There little leaves are noted for their spicy, peppery flavor that adds a boost to any dish.

Because of its peppery flavor, arugula is generally mixed with other salad greens like spinach or a spring mix.

But you can do so much more with it than just a typical side salad.

How To Use Arugula

Arugula is most commonly served raw in salads alongside other greens. But that’s not all.

It can also be used with pesto, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas and even on a Avocado & Egg Toast.

It also pairs deliciously with fish. Like this Cast Iron Seared & Broiled Salmon With A Fruit Herb Salsa.
It’s peppery flavor makes an excellent pairing with tart citrus, like this Citrus Fennel and Avocado Salad.

How To Store Arugula

Wrap bunched or loose arugula in paper towels and store in a plastic bag in the crisper of the refrigerator.

The greens will keep for 2 – 3 days. Don’t wash until just before using.

Bagged arugula will often keep, unopened, for up to five days. But once opened, use the greens within a few of days.

Cooked arugula will keep for up to three days in the refrigerator. Freezing arugula is not recommended.


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