Arugula can be easily grown in pots on your balcony, in order to have it at your direct disposal for numerous and tasty recipes.
The rocket it has been cultivated for centuries on the shores of the Mediterranean and used for the same time by the populations for preparation of recipes and medicinal remedies. Both in its broad-leaved variant and in its wild variant, with narrower and more jagged leaves, it can be easily grown in pots on your balcony, in order to have it at your direct disposal for the preparation of numerous and tasty recipes.
The rocket is rich in calcium and vitamin Cin addition to being considered a valid remedy for stress, because of its beneficial calming properties. The rocket leaves must be washed and dried carefully before use and if you want to store them in the refrigerator for a few days, if you buy them (preferably organic). The rocket it also boasts diuretic propertieswhich make it perfect for those who want to promote the elimination of toxins from the body
Arugula sauce for croutons
To obtain a very quick sauce to spread on fresh bread or toasted bread croutons, blend the rocket by gradually adding extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. Decorate your croutons with gods whole pine nuts.
Similar to the previous sauce in the process, but richer, in order to give a distinctive flavor to your pasta dish. Add a handful of basil, almonds and pine nuts to the rocket. Here the complete recipe.
Bread and rocket meatballs are a simple recipe to make, suitable for young and old, you can prepare them well in advance and serve them even at room temperature. This recipe that we propose does not involve the use of eggs. Here you will find the complete recipe to follow step by step.
Macedonia with rocket and watermelon
Cut a slice of watermelon and four wedges of melon into cubes. Break up a handful of rocket leaves together with small leaves of fresh mint. Season your fruit salad with the juice of half a lemon and a few drops of balsamic vinegar.
Prepare the base of your focaccia by mixing 400 grams of flour with half a glass of extra virgin olive oil, a cube of brewer’s yeast, fine salt and water as required until the dough is soft and smooth. Let the dough rise for three hours in a bowl covered with a damp cloth. Roll out the dough into an oiled round pan and bake in the oven at 180 ° C for about 30 minutes, after sprinkling the surface of the focaccia with chopped rosemary and coarse salt. When the focaccia is ready, cut it into wedges and sprinkle each of them with fresh rocket leaves.
The previous dough for focaccia can also be used as a base for the preparation of an excellent pizza to be seasoned with tomato or pepper sauce and with finely chopped onion, to be added halfway through cooking. The fresh rocket must be sprinkled on the pizza only after having taken it out of the oven.
Add some rocket leaves to your summer salad, prepared with baby lettuce, cherry tomatoes, olives, capers and courgettes cut into julienne strips to enrich it with its characteristic flavor. Dress it with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.
Accompany your rocket salad with finely sliced fennel, diced pears, chopped walnut kernels and mandarin wedges. Drizzle with olive oil and a few drops of lemon and orange juice. Accompany the salad, if desired, with mustard sauce.
To prepare a digestive liqueur based on rocket, let it macerate in the dark for about ten days 50 rocket leaves in a liter of alcohol, together with the finely chopped peel of an orange and a lemon, half a stick of cinnamon, half a vanilla bean and a teaspoon of cloves. Then filter the liqueur and add a syrup prepared simply with water and sugar (700 grams of sugar for a liter of water). Add the syrup to the alcohol, bottle and let it rest for three months before tasting.
Chickpea and rocket salad
Jumbled up 250 grams of boiled chickpeas with 100 grams of rocket leavesa handful of green olives and two tablespoons of Sesame seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. If you like, you can also add chopped parsley, fresh or dry.
Spaghetti with garlic, oil and rocket
It is a variant of the classic dish of spaghetti with garlic, oil and chilli pepper, suitable for those who do not like spicy flavors. While the pasta is cooking, let the minced garlic brown briefly in olive oil, together with which you will sauté the spaghetti once cooked, seasoning them with rocket, black pepper and chopped parsley. Garnish the plates with whole rocket leaves.
Arugula and curry sauce
It’s about a ideal sauce for seasoning boiled rice or pasta, suitable for those who love exotic flavors. For two people stew three carrots with oil, water and two teaspoons of curry. When they are softened, pass them in the mixer together with a handful of rocket leaves and add the olive oil slowly, until you get a creamy sauce.
Strawberry and rocket smoothie
It is a smoothie to be consumed fresh on summer evenings. Blend a ripe banana with the juice of a lemon and a dozen strawberries. Add a handful of rocket leaves and one of spinach leaves and continue to blend adding water until you get a smoothie of the desired consistency. Sweeten with a spoonful of rice malt.
Prepare your summer sandwich by thinly slicing some posmodori and courgettes, to be seasoned with a drizzle of oil and a pinch of salt. Don’t forget to add a handful of rocket topped with lemon juice and sliced black olives.
Savory pie with rocket and spinach
Stew 400 grams of fresh spinach and 300 grams of rocket with oil, water and fine salt. In the meantime, prepare the base for the savory pie by mixing 200 grams of flour 0 with just enough water and two tablespoons of olive oil until you get a smooth and homogeneous dough to be left to rest for a quarter of an hour. Then roll it out on a round pan with high edges, after having greased it with oil, your dough in a thin sheet, prick it and transfer the stuffing to the rocket and spinach. Garnish with onion slices and pine nuts. Bake at 180 ° C for 25 minutes.
From the balcony to the plate: rocket