16 Arugula Recipes

The peppery green spices up everything from salads to burgers

Arugula is a wonderfully versatile vegetable. Also called rocket, this peppery, nutty-tasting member of the mustard family has blossoms and leaves that have long been a popular ingredient in the cuisines of Italy, Morocco, Portugal, and Turkey. It's naturally great in salads, like this citrus and ricotta-filled one, or paired instead with radicchio and fennel. But you can also combine it with pasta or toss a few leaves on a lamb burger for a little extra bite.

Sausage and Arugula Pasta Salad

Sausage and Arugula Pasta Salad
Pasta salads are essential summer food: they travel well; they're easy to adapt to whatever produce you have on-hand; and they're simple to make in large portions, making them perfect dishes to carry to parties, picnics, and barbecues. Get the recipe for Sausage and Arugula Pasta Salad »Farideh Sadeghin

Peach and Plum Salad

Peach and Plum Salad
In this salad red wine vinegar balances the sweetness of ripe fruit, while cilantro and basil add a floral note. Get the recipe for Peach and Plum Salad »Marcus Nilsson

Ramp and Wild Greens Pesto

Ramp and Wild Greens Pesto
Fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz makes this punchy pesto to capture the essence of spring. Chickweed, a spicy herb, is his green of choice to pair with ramps, to which he adds mild herbs and sunflower seeds, but you can replace chickweed with watercress, arugula, or any other peppery green. The same goes for the ramps—this pesto works just as well with spring onions or garlic. It will keep in the fridge for a few weeks, and Katz uses it throughout the day: on grits or eggs for breakfast, slathered on sandwiches for lunch, and tossed with potatoes or pasta for dinner. Get the recipe for Ramp and Wild Greens Pesto »Matt Taylor-Gross

Arugula, Radicchio, and Fennel Salad

Arugula, Radicchio, and Fennel Salad
Walnuts and parmesan add richness to this crunchy salad from The Yellow Table's Anna Watson Carl. Get the recipe for Arugula, Radicchio, and Fennel Salad »Matt Taylor-Gross

Citrus Salad with Arugula & Ricotta Salata

Citrus Salad with Arugula & Ricotta Salata
This salad is best made in the winter when blood oranges are readily available, but navel oranges are a good substitute. Get the recipe for Citrus Salad with Arugula & Ricotta Salata »Signe Birck

Tricolore Salad with Grapefruit Saba Vinaigrette

Tricolore Salad with Grapefruit Saba Vinaigrette
Grapefruit supremes and aged balsamic vinegar brighten this classic Italian salad. Get the recipe for Tricolore Salad with Grapefruit Saba Vinaigrette »Andre Baranowski
Arugula cashew pesto salad

Arugula and Cashew Pesto Salad

A chunky cashew pesto made with sharp, pungent Västerbotten cheese is tossed with chopped arugula to yield an unctuous salad with a robust umami flavor. Get the recipe for Arugula and Cashew Pesto Salad »Farideh Sadeghin

Moroccan Meatballs with Arugula

Moroccan Meatballs with Arugula
These lamb meatballs are simmered in a harissa-spiked tomato sauce, served over peppery arugula, and drizzled with bright yogurt-thickened aïoli. Get the recipe for Moroccan Meatballs with Arugula »Ingalls Photography

Arugula, Pecorino, Pine Nut, and Pear Salad (Rucola con Pecorino, Pignoli e Pere)

Arugula, Pecorino, Pine Nut, and Pear Salad (Rucola con Pecorino, Pignoli e Pere)
Raisins add a subtle sweetness to this arugula salad. Get the recipe for Arugula, Pecorino, Pine Nut, and Pear Salad (Rucola con Pecorino, Pignoli e Pere) »David Hagerman

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad
Crispy pancetta, peppery arugula, and sweet sautéed shallots give a hearty kick to this panzanella. Get the recipe for Panzanella Salad »Laura Sant

Quinoa Veggie Burger with Roasted Red Pepper Relish

Quinoa Veggie Burger with Roasted Red Pepper Relish
Our take on a classic meatless burger calls on a slew of vegetables for flavor, color, and texture: carrot, celery, arugula, beans, and quinoa, the high-protein South American grain that has a nutty flavor and toothsome bite. Get the recipe for Quinoa Veggie Burger with Roasted Red Pepper Relish »Helen Rosner

Beer-Braised Pork Belly

Beer-Braised Pork Belly
Arugula, pears, and pork belly braised in creamy farmhouse ale come together in this spicy salad. Get the recipe for Beer-Braised Pork Belly »Penny De Los Santos

Goose Confit and Fig Salad

Goose Confit and Fig Salad
For this luxurious salad, top spicy arugula with a rich confit of braised goose leg and fresh black mission figs. Get the recipe for Goose Confit and Fig Salad »Todd Coleman

Fried Dough with Arugula and Grape Tomatoes (Angioletti Fritti con Rucola e Pomodori)

Fried Dough with Arugula and Grape Tomatoes (Angioletti Fritti con Rucola e Pomodori)
A bright and simple salad adds fresh contrast to fried strips of pizza dough. Get the recipe for Fried Dough with Arugula and Grape Tomatoes (Angioletti Fritti con Rucola e Pomodori) »Todd Coleman

Arugula and Pistachio Pesto Quiche

Arugula and Pistachio Pesto Quiche
A rich, bright pesto offsets peppery arugula in this creamy quiche. Get the recipe for Arugula and Pistachio Pesto Quiche »Yossy Arefi

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
Arugula forms a peppery base of this squash salad and spiced sweet pecans add a layer of crunch. Get the recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash Salad »Anna Stockwell