We can’t say enough about this fabulous, diet-friendly and delicious summer salad from allrecipes.com. Just because the calendar reads September doesn’t mean you can’t continue to enjoy the flavors of summer. Now, in fact, is the best time to pick up freshly harvested, organically grown watermelons and arugula at Colchester Neighborhood Farm.
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups arugula
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 cups bite sized watermelon chunks
- Whisk the olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, and salt together in a small bowl; set aside.
- Combine the arugula, spinach, onions, and tomatoes in a large salad bowl. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad mixture; toss to coat. Add the feta cheese and watermelon to serve.
Though it looks more like a weed than a valuable source of vitamins and minerals, arugula may be one of nature’s best kept secrets. Packed with an arsenal of nutrients and antioxidants that help with everything from improving the eyesight to improving the libido, this leafy green vegetable is one that should be given a second look, rather than overlooked. Like its cousins kale and broccoli, arugula is considered one of those powerhouse vegetables that boasts too many health benefits to ignore; among its greatest qualities are its ability to trim the waistline, help with brain function, and even reduce blood pressure. The next time you reach for some greens to add to your salad bowl, consider the power of this “rocket fuel.”
- A plant by any other name would taste as nutty and crunchy. Arugula is known by several other aliases including, salad rocket, garden rocket, rucola, and rugula.
- To complement this green’s slightly bitter taste, consider pairing it in a salad with sundried tomatoes and a lemon dressing.
- According to medicalnewstoday.com, two cups of arugula will provide 20 percent of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin A, over 50 percent of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin K and 8 percent of Vitamin C. It also contains folate and calcium.
- The high levels of vitamin K in Arugula are beneficial to cognitive function, which can help both young and old alike.
- A good source of carotenoids, which promote eye health, Arugula could aid in slowing the process of developing Macular Degeneration and other eye conditions, such as cataracts.
- Its peppery flavor acts as a natural cooling effect on the body, making it an ideal summer food.
- Because arugula contains high nitrate levels, which are associated with lowering blood pressure, it is considered to be good for the cardiovascular system.
- According to caloriebee.com and other websites, ancient Romans hailed this leafy green vegetable as a potent aphrodisiac. It was often used in combination with other herbs, such as lavender, to make love potions.
Colchester Neighborhood Farm is now harvesting arugula; the leafy green is available for sale at the farm stand, open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.