This year, for some odd reason, my mom's garden has grown an overwhelming amount of arugula and since it's one of our favorites, we are absolutely ok with that 😊
Native to the Mediterranean region, arugula has been grown as a vegetable since the Roman era. It's delicious, it's versatile, and has many health benefits. Arugula is a healthy, cruciferous leafy green vegetable with a peppery taste that is high in fiber and phytochemical's. Phytochemical's are plant compounds found in foods that have superpower beneficial properties that speak to our genes. It is also low is sugar, calories, carbohydrates and fat, and high in several vital nutrients such as calcium, potassium, folate, vitamins C, K and A. Research has linked arugula with health benefits such as reducing cancer risk, diabetes, and supporting heart health to name a few.
It’s delicious raw and can be used as a healthy complement to many dishes. Besides enjoying it in a salad, on focaccia, in a sandwich, on a pizza, or as an unusual dip, we also love making different types of pesto with arugula. Here is one we made today ...enjoy!
- 2 cups arugula leaves, washed and dried
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, washed and dried
- 2 springs fresh basil, washed and dried
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup pecorino Roman or Parmigiano Reggiano or both
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil, more if needed
Wash the arugula, spinach and basil well and place in a food processor. Add walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, cheese, salt and pulse to blend.
With the machine running, slowly pour in the olive oil through the food tube in a slow, steady stream and process until smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. You may not need the entire amount of olive oil.
Taste and adjust seasoning.
Additional traditional family recipes can be found in our book: "Pasqualina's Table, Our Italian Family Traditions ...The Gluten-Free Way" available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3g2SFNl