I’ll admit it, pungent and peppery are neither names nor nouns but how else could I get arugula in? Still, they are P-words, so here goes.
Most of summer I eat green salad on a regular basis. When I don’t have it growing in the garden, I simply buy arugula to mix with the lettuce greens – it always adds a little spirit! In this part of Europe arugula is better known as rocket, roquette when in France, and rucola in the Netherlands.
I top my mixed greens with thinly sliced red onion, a few strips of sun-dried tomato or cherry tomatoes and Kalamata olives if I can get them and sometimes finely sliced carrot.
And if I remember I sprinkle it all with a few tablespoons of oat bran. Weird, you may think? It has a nutty flavour and apparently excels at transporting junk – not this salad :), just other stuff you eat – out of your body because of its ‘cling-to’ quality. Also absorbs excess salad dressing, which I am often guilty of.
Bit of cheese goes well too: blue, mozzarella or freshly grated Parmesan.
A fruity alternative
And for something entirely different (replacing above suggestions), top the mixed greens with slices of avocado, sliced orange or minneola, toasted pinenuts and crushed black pepper.
Vinaigrette – homemade
For a decade or so I experimented with making vinaigrettes. Too bitter, too sour, too bland, too this, that and the other.
Until I got it right. The following has been my faithful salad companion for at least ten years since I said Eureka!
- 100 ml olive oil (7 Tblsp)
- 50 ml vinegar (3 Tblsp + 1 tsp)
(50/50 apple cider vinegar with Balsamic)
- 10 ml (2 tsp) grainy mustard
- pinch salt & pepper each
- pinch green dried herb (dill, fennel, etc.)
- 1 small garlic clove – crushed (optional)
- 15 to 30 ml (1 – 2 Tblsp) liquid honey
(or better still, maple syrup)
Shake it all well in a small bottle.
Keeps well in the fridge for a couple of weeks – vinegar preserves and so does mustard.
After taking the pics – sorry, I’m no food photographer – I ate above salad to the last morsel!
Now you can enjoy it too. 🙂