Sensational Sides: 5 Ways to Use Arugula

By: Cameron Curtis

Artichoke Arugula Salad with Parmesan

Photo by: Marshall Troy ©2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Marshall Troy, 2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Arugula is one of those greens that tastes amazing all on its own. It's a little bit spicy so you don't need much to make a complete salad burst with flavor. Complement the spice with a citrus or creamy dressing, add in nuts or crispy bacon for crunch and toss with vegetables or protein to turn arugula salad into a complete meal.

Lighten up your weeknight salad with this recipe that features arugula topped with artichokes, an excellent source of fiber. By using frozen hearts instead of fresh, you save time fussing over trimming them just right -- which means less time in the kitchen.

Giada balances the spiciness of arugula with the sweetness of a honey and balsamic dressing. Crunchy walnuts and dried fruit complement soft goat cheese and avocado slices.

This salad uses grilled or roasted corn atop an arugula base, and is perfect whether the weather is warming up near you or there's still a spring chill. A simple dressing of vinegar, mustard, salt and some pepper is all you need to complete your side dish.

Pomegrante, Arugula Salad; Tyler Florence

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Tyler's five minute salad turns pomegranate molasses into a sweet salad dressing. Pomegranate seeds not only bring the full flavor of the fruit to the dish but also give extra crunch to this fresh dish.

Just in time for the coming summer produce season, this salad features peaches cooked in honey and balsamic vinegar. Top your peaches and greens with a homemade balsamic yogurt dressing.

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