Rocket or arugula as it’s called in the US is often just thought of as a salad leaf, but you can do much more with it. You can top pizza with it, make pesto or hummus and add it to pasta, soups and stews.
My husband hates rocket because of the peppery taste, but that’s why I love it. It adds so much flavour to a dish.
Rocket is also a healthy and low calorie addition to a meal. It’s high in Vitamin A, C & K as well as a good source of folic acid and minerals and there’s only 25 calories in 100g of this leafy superfood.
So why not try rocket in something other than a green salad?
Here are 10 wonderful ways to cook with rocket:
A creamy green hummus that’s whizzed up in minutes. Great on wraps with salad, stirred through pasta with roast vegetables or on spread on bruschetta.
Get recipe here: Tinned Tomatoes
Beetroot, Rocket and Feta Fritters
These fritters are made with pickled beetroot for that extra flavour. Serve them with some garlic mayonnaise and salad.
Rocket, Mozzarella and Farfalle Pasta Salad
Sometimes rocket is perfect in a salad. Personally I love pasta salad. It’s really filling and a bit more exciting than a green salad. Rocket works really well with the mozzarella in this salad.
Homemade Mediterranean Pizza with Goats Cheese and Rocket
I love rocket on a pizza, but it has to be added in a billowing mound on top of the pizza before it’s served and not before it goes in the oven. In this recipe I take you through making homemade pizzas from scratch, from the dough to the sauce to the toppings. Delicious!
Rocket also goes well with eggs and tastes glorious in this frittata alongside potatoes, onion and turmeric. Great for lunch with some green salad.
Get the recipe here: Food to Glow
Creamy Spinach Tomato and Rocket Strozzapeti
This is a simple pasta sauce. Greens and sun dried tomatoes whizzed up with soft cheese to make a creamy sauce to coat Strozzapeti pasta. Quick and tasty.
Get the recipe here: A Mummy Too
Roasted Beetroot, Rocket and Feta Salad with Mustard Lemon Dressing
On to a simple salad that is full of flavour. Fresh beetroot is the star of the show and it’s roasted in the oven to really develop the flavour, then sliced and topped with rocket and feta. Of course it needs a good dressing to finish the dish off and Jeanne uses one of my favourite dressings.
Get the recipe here: Cook Sister
Hummus and Pomegranate Flatbread
A classic way of using rocket, piled onto a flatbread or flour tortilla with hummus and salad. I’d be delighted to tuck into this one at lunchtimes. The pomegranate is a nice touch too.
Get the recipe here: Hungry Healthy Happy
Three Potato Salad with Rocket
Wow look at that! What a gorgeously colourful dish. Don’t you just want to tuck in? The potatoes are salad potatoes, blue (or purple) potatoes and sweet potatoes, paired with olives, red pepper and a herby dressing. Definitely a side dish to impress.
Whole Wheat Spaghetti with No-Cook Sauce
This is a quick one for the nights when you don’t want to slave away in the kitchen, but still want something satisfying to eat. A no-cook sauce of tomatoes, rocket, olives and capers.
Get the recipe here: Kalyn's Kitchen
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Jacqueline Meldrum is a freelance food writer and recipe developer. Jacqueline blogs at Tinned Tomatoes.
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