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.
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 »
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.
Arugula forms a peppery base of this squash salad and spiced sweet pecans add a layer of crunch.