30 Arugula Recipes That Bring Bright, Peppery Flavor to the Table
Arugula shines in salads, soups, grain bowls, and so much more.
Peppery and all-purpose, arugula is just as delicious when used as the base for a salad, such as the Cara Cara and Blood-Orange Salad with Ricotta Salata, pictured here, as it is tucked into a sandwich with meat and cheese. Arugula's lobed leaves and spicy flavor are as distinctive as its name. If you're looking for ways to enjoy it more often, you're in the right place. Here, we've pulled together a collection of the best recipes that ensure that this plucky green the spotlight it deserves.
Arugula's signature flavor, which is tart and a bit bitter, comes from plants grown rapidly in cool climates and harvested young. Arugula is an ideal early-spring and fall crop. When shopping for arugula in the grocery store or at a farmers' market, look for bright green leaves that appear to be fresh and crisp. When you bring it home, wrap arugula tightly in a plastic bag—if it isn't already packaged in a clamshell—and refrigerate for no more than two days. Once it starts to wilt and lose its texture, compost or discard it.
Try arugula as the green in a hearty grain bowl packed with bulgur and rice, seasonal vegetables, and crumbled cheese, or else turn it into a simple side salad to serve alongside grilled steak, fish, or pasta. Dress up the green leaves with big shreds of Parmesan cheese and extra-virgin olive oil for a staple side dish that's a classic pairing for chicken piccata or breaded chicken cutlets. Another option is to toss it with thinly sliced vegetables like fennel and radicchio, then load it all on top of a homemade pizza.
Get out of a green rut with these 30 delicious and inspiring arugula recipes that will let you see this cruciferous leaf in a whole new light.
Tuna Cakes with Arugula-Tomato Salad
Sweet Corn, Zucchini, and Tomatoes with Bulgur
Sausage-and-Peppers Pasta with Almond Frico
This 35-minute hearty pasta recipe is served with baby arugula that's dressed in a classic combination of oil and vinegar.
Cilantro Rice Bowl with Poached Eggs and Greens
Curried Lentil-Salmon Salad
Grilled Porterhouse with Brown Butter and Horseradish
Vegetarian BLT with Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms
Balsamic Potato Salad
Crispy Chicken Cutlets
Italian-Hero Chopped Salad
The beauty of this salad is that it's a hodgepodge of classic Italian deli meats and cheese (think: salami and provolone), plenty of vegetables and mixed greens including arugula, and a flavorful dressing made from mayonnaise, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
Garden Salad with Herbs and Sour-Cherry Dressing
Rib-Eye with Jalapeño Butter
Dress up this spicy bone-in rib-eye steak with a side of arugula—the combination of the crunchy, bitter greens and juicy meat is a match made in grilling heaven.
Mushroom Tortellini with Arugula
Peppery Greens with Meyer-Lemon Dressing
Cucumber Salad with Herbs, Kumquats, and Sumac Dressing
This flavor-packed, crowd-friendly cucumber salad features a delicious combination of tart kumquats, warm lemony sumac, bright fresh herbs (think mint and dill), and peppery baby arugula.
Grilled Halibut Steaks with Potatoes, Olives, and Onions
Looking for an impressive summer entrée that will feed your family? This combination of grilled halibut steaks, poached potatoes, and charred bread—all of which is served over a bed of arugula—should do the trick.
Gnocchi with Peas and Egg
Grilled Squid with Fresh Red Chile and Arugula
Sometimes, the most special meals are simple and elegant, such as this spicy recipe. Fresh grilled squid is served over lemon-dressed arugula.
Greek Turkey Burgers
Instead of the usual turkey burgers between a bun, these mini patties are served with yogurt, arugula, hummus, and cucumbers over flatbread pitas for a meal that will transport you to the Mediterranean.
It's pizza night! Make your own pie with a colorful, crunchy combination of Italian sausage, fontina cheese, pickled jalapeño peppers, shaved fennel, and baby arugula.