Saturday, January 11, 2014

31 Days of Green: Day 11 Arugula

Arugula is a delicate little gem of a green, technically an herb. Its light and spicy and tastes great cooked or raw. I like to mix it into salad, use it on a burger, or add it to a sauté. In my opinion it goes especially well with beef. I see this at the farmers market ever so often and I always pick it up. Sometimes you will see it on it's own or pre packed in ready to go salad mixes at the grocery store. It is a good source of calcium, folate and many other vitamins and minerals. We had this recipe for dinner but it would make a great breakfast or lunch too. It lets the arugula really shine by complimenting it with tangy lemon juice and fatty meat. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Arugula Salad

Gluten free*

 ¼ - ½ pound of pastured sausage or grass-fed beef franks
3 shallot cloves
2 pastured eggs
1 tbl coconut oil
1 bunch arugula
1 lemon, juiced
2 tbl olive oil
pinch salt

pinch pepper

My arugula "bunch" was actually made of even tinier bunches!

 Heat skillet over medium heat. Slice meat into little circles and add to the pan. Slice the shallot and add to the pan. Cook until the meat and shallots begin to brown then push them to one side. Add the coconut oil to the pan and then the two eggs. Try not to break the yolks, you want them sunny side up. Rinse the arugula and chop into bite sized pieces. The stems taste great but the roots are a little fibrous so I just save them for stock. In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add the meat and shallots to the arugula and then pour the dressing over and mix well. Separate into two bowls and top with an egg. We use the egg yolk like salad dressing. Enjoy!

Notes and Substitutions

  • *Be sure the meat or veggie ‘meat’ your using is gluten free
  • The difference in the amount of meat is just for how hungry you are. Sausage tastes best but we did grass-fed beef hot dogs and they were great.
  • You can do any salad dressing you like but I find that lemon juice compliments arugula really well.


What is your favorite way to eat arugula?

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