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Spice up your salad
with arugula!

Arugula | Plated

If arugula is a staple of your salads, keep up the good work. If not, you’d better go get yourself some right now! This leafy green originates in the Mediterranean and dates back to the Romans. Now it’s known around the world by names such as roquette, rocket, Italian cress and – of course – arugula.

Not only will arugula’s peppery flavor spice up your salad, it will also bring a bunch of health benefits to your table. It is a good source of  vitamins A, B, C and K. It also contains minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc and copper, which makes in an anti-cancer food. Arugula has antioxidant properties and helps cleanse the body, ridding it of toxins.

Arugula is best in taste and nutritional value when eaten raw. Use it as a salad base, a sandwich ingredient or a topper for Italian food. We love this arugula salad recipe from Shutterbean!

Avocado Apple & Arugula Salad

Yields 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 6 cups of arugula
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • ¼ red onion, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • salt & pepper

To make the dressing, whisk together the mustard, lemon juice and olive oil. Chop apples and add a little bit of lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Combine the arugula, avocado, apples, sunflower seeds and red onions in a large bowl and pour the dressing on top. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy with crusty bread!

 

- Emma Stratigos

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