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Adventures in Arugula: 9 Must-Try Recipes

We’ve made it. It’s spring again and that means there is some beautiful and vibrant produce to check out.

Enjoying fresh foods in season is a great way to help shake things up throughout the year. Let food spark a memory, honor a tradition, or create a new habit! Now especially seems like a great time to create new traditions for ourselves and our loved ones. Different foods and recipes can shake up a mundane week and keep things interesting. Introducing new flavors could also help you move past the last year by jolting your tastebuds awake with new experiences.

An ingredient I’ve been inspired by lately is an old standard – arugula. Arugula is a fun, easy way to spice up the ordinary. It’s got a nice peppery quality to it that can transform a sandwich, burger, or breakfast.

Arugula is also so great for us. It’s rich in chlorophyll, high in vitamins B and K, and has especially high amounts of folate which can help prevent cognitive decline. Here are some cool different ways to use arugula in your day-to-day:

Salads:

Obviously, arugula goes great in a variety of different kinds of salads. It combines surprisingly well with sweet flavors like fruit. Arugula is a cancer-fighting power food, so anytime you can work it into your meals is a good thing. Plus, I love the taste – it didn’t get the nickname “rocket salad” for nothing!

Yummy Addiction’s Arugula, Prosciutto, and Grilled Pear Salad

Arugula and prosciutto are some of my favorite flavors together. Add in grilled pears and are you kidding me? Enjoy.

 

Foodie Crush Strawberry Arugula Salad with Watermelon and Feta

I haven’t tried making this quick and easy salad yet, but it looks incredible and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I saw the picture. Delicious pairings!

 

Artful Dish’s Heirloom Tomato Salad with Arugula and Balsamic Glaze

I will always be in the mood for an heirloom tomato salad. Always. Arugula is a great addition to one of my all-time favorites.

 

Main Dish:

I’m always looking for ways to healthily bulk up my mains. I especially love how it can complement everything from pasta and pizza to chicken and quesadillas.

Olivia’s Cuisine’s Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza

Okay so like I said – I love prosciutto and arugula together and nothing is better than those two on a flat, crisp pizza.

My Recipe’s Brie, Apple, and Arugula Quesadillas

 

Quesadillas are one of my go-to quick lunches or dinners. You can pretty much take anything and put it into a quesadilla at my house and I can’t wait to make these brie, apple, and arugula quesadillas.

Lil’ Luna’s Crispy Chicken with Arugula and a Lemon Vinaigrette

On weekends, when I have the extra time to prepare meals, I like to try all different kinds of chicken recipes. This recipe is a quick, easy, and delicious meal! A classic.

No Spoon Necessary’s Arugula Pesto Pasta

Pesto is so perfect in the spring and summertime. It’s refreshing on a warm evening and feels much lighter than a white or red sauce. Arugula will help add a little spice and variety to any routine dish.

Breakfasts

The first time I had salad with breakfast I thought it was weird, but I thought iced coffee was weird once upon a time as well. I’ll have greens in the morning more often than not now.

Arugula will jumpstart your day, it pairs amazingly with eggs and is a great way to get a few more greens in your day.

Arugula, Egg, and Charred Asparagus Salad

Not only does this taste great as a salad, but if you’re in a rush, roll it up in a wrap and eat it on the go.

Fit Foodie Finds Arugula Breakfast Sandwich

This breakfast sandwich is an absolute killer! We wouldn’t mind eating it any time of day.

 

 

 

 

 

Bradley Matthews
Bradley Matthews

Bradley Matthews is a children’s artist and educator who specializes in early childhood education. After spending three years touring the world as a member of the children’s band, The Ohmies, he began teaching music and yoga classes for kids all over New York City. Follow him on Instagram @mrbradleynyc

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