arugula

Eruca sativa

It goes by many names: Arugula, Rocket Salad, Roquette, Eruca sativa, but whatever you want to call it, it perks up salads no end and can even be strewn atop a pizza. We had devoted our half-barrels to chard and kale with great success, but the last couple of years velvety green worms got to them before we could. I thought maybe arugula would be too spicy for them, and I guess I was right. Nothing has interfered with this crop and now it is time to begin harvesting. My latest favorite dressing for these greens and a cubed avocado goes something like this: 6T mayo (Best Foods is best), 3 T rice vinegar, 2T orange juice, crushed garlic to taste. It can be a meal with some freshly toasted cashews strewn on top and some biscuits or cornbread on the side.

Don’t miss Wendy’s recipes that appear each Monday. I have found all sorts of imaginative ways to use the garden’s bounty by following her and the links I find there. Happy Grazing!

6 Responses to “arugula”

  1. Wendy Says:

    I’d like to get some barrels like that. I really enjoy arugula but haven’t tried growing it. Love the sound of that dressing. I’ll have to try that.

  2. Loree /danger garden Says:

    While I introduced my parents to the wonders of Arugula my dad quickly made it his own. I have given up trying to grow it and instead just look forward to a trip to Spokane in the spring. I will return with a couple of huge bags and dinner will be Arugula based for a week or more. With any luck I’ll also bring back a Strawberry Rhubarb pie…

  3. Grace Says:

    I love arugula on pasta. It adds such a meaty-zesty taste. I haven’t grown any this year though but this post makes me sad that I haven’t.

    Thank you for your comment on my blog. I’m sorry your son had a difficult run-in with Gary Gilmore. After reading about how he was brutalized by both parents, there’s no doubt in my mind that his rough childhood caused his violent behavior. So tragic.

  4. ricki Says:

    Wendy~Best thing about the barrels is their perfect height for picking.

    Loree~Your dad sounds like a peach!

    Grace~Arugula pasta, here I come! Thanks for the tip.

  5. Heather Says:

    Ooh, that dressing sounds delicious.

  6. ricki Says:

    Heather~Really good on a salad of raw kale, too.

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