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Arugula: Health Benefits, Tips and Recipes

Arugula, also known as salad or garden rocket, is a leafy green of Mediterranean origin.  Often described as having a spicy or peppery flavor, this cruciferous vegetable is one of the few members of the brassicaceae family that is easily digested in its raw state.

A quick-growing cool season crop, arugula is one of the first vegetables to sprout each spring. And there are many reasons to enjoy this early bloomer!

Health Benefits:

Eat More Arugula!

In addition to its amazing nutritional profile, arugula is also delicious! With its fresh, spicy flavor, arugula is an excellent addition to salads, as a pizza topping, on sandwiches, in pesto and other sauces, and cooked in main dishes. Check out the recipes below for arugula inspiration, and look for more great recipes to be posted throughout the growing season!

  1. Arugula Fennel Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing
  2. Try arugula in any recipe calling for mixed/baby greens, like this awesome Gingery Maple Glazed Tempeh on Baby Greens Salad or Simple Summer Tofu Salad with Sweet Balsamic Dressing.
  3. Check out our Super Salad Guide for more ways to use arugula and other greens!

Final Notes:

Did you know: Ancient Romans and Egyptians considered arugula an aphrodisiac. We certainly love this green for its spicy flavor and amazing health benefits!

Got a great arugula recipe? Share it with us!

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