Peppery arugula is often seen as a summer vegetable, but it's just as delicious in the winter, when its pronounced flavor becomes even stronger. Winter arugula should be easy to find in most regions of the States, and there is a myriad of ways to use it, particularly to add flavor to vegetarian meals. Take a look at some of our favorite arugula recipes just in time for Meatless Monday.
Combine arugula with less peppery spinach for a delicious base for a vegetarian stir fry. Mushrooms, soy sauce and carrots add flavor and color, while cashews lend enough protein to bulk up this meal. Serve with brown rice for a filling winter Meatless Monday meal.
Image: Small Gatherings by Jessica Strand (Egg & Dart Press, May 2013).
Winter arugula pairs perfectly with sweet mango and subtle, creamy avocado in this arugula recipe for a wintery salad. Almonds add crunch and protein, and red onion adds a piquant touch that mimics the pepperiness of the arugula. Add a Champagne vinaigrette, and this Meatless Monday salad is ready to be served.
Image: Erin Silversmith
For a warmer dish, perfect for winter, an arugula salad tops grilled portobello mushrooms. This Mario Batali original recipe is easy to prepare and perfect for the whole family. For a true Meatless Monday dish, be sure to leave out the anchovy; you can substitute vegan Worcestershire sauce to add some of the savory, umami flavor it lends to the dressing.
When you've run out of the summer pesto you made with this summer's basil, try making some with peppery arugula! This arugula pesto is made with walnuts instead of the more traditional pine nuts. The latter would not be strong enough in flavor, and the peppery arugula would overpower them in this delicious sauce. A dollop atop your favorite whole wheat pasta, and dinner is served!
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