Arugula's lobed leaves and spicy taste are as distinctive as its name. We've pulled together the best recipes to give this plucky green the spotlight it deserves. Click through for salads, seafood, pasta, quiche, and more.
In Season: The best flavor, peppery yet sweet, comes from plants grown rapidly in cool climates and harvested young. Arugula is an ideal early-spring and fall crop.
What to Look For: Arugula should be bright green and fresh looking.
How to Store: Wrap arugula tightly in a plastic bag and refrigerate for no more than two days.
Arugula Salad with Figs, Pine Nuts, and Radicchio
Step aside, cranberry-walnut. The fig-pine-nut pairing riffs on the familiar salad combo, right down to its addictive competing elements of crunch and chew.
Sauteed Shrimp with Arugula and Tomatoes
A sizzling shrimp skillet feels luxurious, but requires no more work than your standard stir-fry. Serve with rice or pasta for a stick-to-your-gills meal.
Grilled Pizza with Fontina and Arugula
No sauce? No problem! A succulent square of this white pie packs more flavor than any delivery slice.
Arugula with Roasted Salmon and New Potatoes
Mom always said a balanced meal was protein, veggie, starch. This one-pan dinner is a three-for-one deal.Get the Arugula with Roasted Salmon and New Potatoes Recipe
Arugula and Radish Salad
Get your kicks with a salad that's sharp as a tack. That burning sensation? Pure health flooding your veins.
Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese and Arugula
Coils of pasta get tangled up in a melange of beans and greens -- a surprisingly hearty combination.
Lemony Pasta with Wilted Arugula
Simple dishes rely on high-quality ingredients. Lemon zest and a dusting of fresh pecorino are enough to take this one over the edge.
Scallops with Wilted Spinach and Arugula
Seared scallops are the star of this dish -- but wilted greens, flavored with red pepper and garlic, play a memorable supporting role.
Arugula Salad with Shaved Manchego
Manchego cheese gives this salad a Spanish flair. All that's missing is a a pitcher of sangria.
Tilapia with Arugula, Capers, and Tomatoes
Every cook needs a no-fail fish dish in her reportoire. A lemon-caper butter sauce makes this entree elegant enough for company.
Cantaloupe, Prosciutto, and Arugula Salad
This sweet-and-salty salad is a fine addition to any alfresco meal -- fitting, as melon season is prime time for outdoor dining.
Roasted Fingerling and Tomato Salad with Green Beans and Arugula
A mix of cooked and raw veggies makes for easier digestion, not to mention a delightful party in the mouth. Serve this salad warm or at room temp.
Arugula and Roasted-Vegetable Salad with Whole-Grain Croutons
Bread makes everything better. Case in point: this salad, which also derives its flavor from oranges, fennel, and golden raisins.
Pasta with Arugula, White Beans, and Walnuts
Baby bow ties and baby arugula? Color us charmed by this easy one-pot meal.
Green Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
A creamy dressing demands crisp add-ins like apples and endive leaves. This salad is only too happy to oblige.
Orange, Roasted Beet, and Arugula Salad
Bright citrus, sharp Dijon, and tangy goat cheese balance the earthy base of this colorful bowl.
Arugula Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Mushrooms
Sauteed corn doubles as dressing in this sturdy salad, while tortilla strips lend a lively crunch.