Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lemon Rocket (Arugula) Salad by Colleen

Hiya Barb --
I loved the lemon pound cake entry - that looks fabulous and I have two lemon trees so I will try it soon. Speaking of lemons, here is my favorite salad:
Lemon Rocket (Arugula) Salad

Very easy peasy. Get a tub of rocket or arugula and dump it in a big bowl.
Fluff it up - it seems to pack down. Get pitted picholine olives or oil-cured olives (pit if needed) and sprinkle on top. Shave Parmesan cheese over top. Add good quality croutons if you've got them. I often do this
part ahead and just leave on the counter and make the dressing separately to toss at the last minute.
Squeeze 1/2 fresh lemon.
Add about 1/2 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper.
Whisk in about 3-4 tablespoons good quality olive oil. Dip a leaf in the dressing and adjust seasonings as needed. It all depends on the flavor of the oil, the tartness of your lemons and the rocket itself.
Put on just enough dressing to lightly coat the leaves. You can save the dressing if you have too much. Toss gently and serve right away. The rocket tends to wilt. You can also use this salad to stuff in a pita with
roast chicken or make a piadini (sort of a pizza crust sandwich - no red sauce or cheese, but other toppings including salad.)

The salad recipe comes from one of Jacques Pepin's many cookbooks.

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