June 21, 2010

Arugula...I really don't have a catchy title for you. You are fun to say though.

I actually made this salad a few months ago, but never got around to typing up the recipe.  My friend Doris - who I continually bump into over the last 10 years (!!!) - inspired me to finally post this.

Doris & I met through a co-worker; saw Janine, Madonna, skated some frog's pond, then became co-workers, then both got laid off (a blessing, really), then met up again on the commuter rail and now ironically (or not since we live commuter-rail close to one another) are part of the same farm share.  Who knew?!  

I think I may be a stalker. Or one of us is. Probably me. 

Oh and for my Costa Rica buds....she and the future Mr. Doris are headed your way!  PURA VIDA!

Anyway....guess what we both got in last weeks share!  I'll give you A guess.


So here is a tasty treat for people you continually bump into throughout your life or people that just have a bag of arugula in their fridge and are not sure what to do with it. Care of Rodale's Whole Foods Cookbook.  

Sweet Potato & Arugula Salad.
1/4 c canola oil
3 T apple cider vinegar
1 t dijon mustard
1 t turbinado or brown sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t red pepper flakes

2 c bite size pieces of sweet potato
2 T apple cider or unsweetened apple juice
1 T canola oil
salt & pepper
1/4 lb pancetta (I used bacon....mmmm bacon!)
5 c arugula
1/2 c. slivered almonds, toasted

In a blender or food processor, combine all the dressing ingredients until emulsified.

To make the salad: preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a medium bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with the apple cider, oil, salt & pepper.  Place on baking sheet and road of 10-15 minutes, or until tender, but not overly soft.  Set aside to cool slightly.  

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the pancetta or bacon until crisp.  

In a large salad bowl, combine the the roasted sweet potatoes, pancetta or bacon, arugula, and almonds.  Drizzle with the dressing and slightly toss. 

So if you randomly bump into some arugula or if you just like saying aRUgula as much as me, try this salad out.  The dressing has some kick... yum! 


Jess.Marg said...

This sounds DELICIOUS! I've made a similar salad, so far as the arugula-sweet-potato combo, and for the meat I used apple chicken sausage. Mmmm. (This is Jessfromchurch.)

Christy Z said...

Apple Chicken sausage from TJ's? ooo yum! We love that stuff around our house. I would date trader joe if I could. We had the mango chicken one last night. Oh and Jess, did you see the "containerization" post? Check it out. :P