Friday, January 2, 2015

Wintertime Greens

My winter greens are finally ready to start harvesting.  There is a ridiculous amount of arugula, so I skimmed the internet for several recipes that sounded appealing and called for a decent amount of my rocket.  I have some spinach and lettuce also ready for harvesting, so I found a delectable salad that called for such ingredients.

I picked a full colander full of arugula, baby spinach, romaine lettuce and sylvestra lettuce and decided to make myself a delightful salad to get the new year started off right.

I found a recipe on Love & Lemons that I found appealing and made a few modifications for what I had on hand.

Arugula, Apricot & Goat Cheese Salad

Ingredients (1 large salad or 2 side salads):
  • large handful of arugula (I added in my available spinach and lettuce varieties as well)
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 5 dried apricots, diced
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds, chopped
Dressing (2 servings):
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt & pepper (I used my rosemary, parley and lemon herb salt)
  1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together.
  2. Toss the arugula and other greens, avocado, apricots and goat cheese together.  Drizzle with the dressing and top with chopped almonds.
  3. For additional heartiness, toss salad with 1 cup of cooked quinoa.

The salad was absolutely delicious.  I've never had a more flavorful salad in all my life.  What a treat to have my own greens grown right in my backyard garden!  I didn't have any quinoa on hand today to toss the greens with, but I'll definitely be trying this option in the future!

I also had a craving for a pizza that I recently enjoyed in New York City and wanted to arugula, mushroom and truffle oil no-sauce pizza (or cheesy bread, as my husband would say).

Arugula, Mushroom and Truffle Oil Pizza
Makes 3-4 servings

  • 1 pound pizza dough (I used Pillsbury dough)
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms (I used half portobello, half shiitake)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1-2 handfuls coarsely chopped arugula
  • 1 tablespoon truffle oil
  • salt & pepper to taste (I used my herb salt)
  1. Put a large heavy baking sheet on the lowest rack of the oven, preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. Stretch out dough on a lightly floured surface, pulling on corners to form a roughly 16 x 13 inch rectangle.  Transfer to a tray lined with parchment paper.  Lightly prick dough all over with a fork.
  3. Slide dough (still on parchment) onto hot baking sheet.  Bake until top is puffed and pale golden in patches, about 6 to 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven; prick any large bubbles with a fork and flatten.  Scatter mushrooms over crust, then season with salt and pepper and lay cheese on top.  Top with roughly chopped arugula.
  5. Bake pizza until edge of crust is deep golden and cheese is bubbling and golden in patches, about 8 to 10 minutes.  Drizzle with truffle oil.  Serve immediately.

This was extremely delicious, but very rich, so I couldn't eat more than 3-4 small square pieces at a time (my waistline thanks me).  I may try a version with a white cream sauce next time to see how it would compare, but will definitely keep this recipe in my box.

Do you have any favorite arugula recipes that I should try out?


  1. It all looks delicious. Arugula is a favorite of mine and I use arugula freely in any recipe calling for greens. I stir it into bean dishes, soups, omelettes, lasagnas, stratas, twice baked potatoes. Any recipe calling for spinach or kale or greens takes kindly to rocket as an option with the additional bonus of that peppery goodness.

    If I might make a suggestion about your salad? Try toasting (and then cooling) your almonds before tossing them in with the greens. I routinely toast batches of almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds and keep them all on hand for salad toppings. That additional layer of flavor from toasting will elevate everything and your taste buds will be happy-happy.

    1. Thanks for the recommendations - I'll definitely try toasting the almonds next time around!