It took me nearly two years to realise that Arugula in England is “Rocket”. Once I did figure it out I stopped steering away from it and found myself happily enjoying arugula in sandwiches and salads again.
One of the easiest things to make as a side for dinner is a basic Arugula salad. It goes well with most dishes (the peppery-ness makes it great with meat or pasta) and takes maybe 5 minutes to make, if you are distracted by your husband with a new youtube video.
As a bonus the salad and dressing is so lovely that you can add anything you want to make it a lunch. I certainly recommend adding any leftover chicken (like my sage and prosciutto chicken) to make it a healthy work lunch.
Basic though it is, the salad dressing is a great staple and goes particularly well with peppery arugula, but also on spinach salads!
Give this nice and easy recipe a try, you will have put it together in no time and can focus on the main dish.
Easy Arugula Salad (Serves 4)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 shallot, diced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 bunch of green beans
- 6 cups Arugula (Rocket)
Steam or boil green beans for 3 minutes until tender but crisp.
In the meantime, in a bowl whisk together first 7 ingredients. That is your dressing.
You can put this in the fridge for later, but give it a whisk before serving
Trim the ends of green beans and cut in half
Toss dressing and green beans with arugula
*Optional: add some leftover chicken, a boiled egg*