A slightly bitter salad leaf with a nutty, peppery flavor.  Younger leaves are milder than the mature, which can get quite hot.  Rocket is use predominantly as a salad ingredient and is one of the traditional ingredients of Provencal mesclun salad; it can be used as a pizza topping, added to soups and purees or served wilted as a vegetable.

Rocket is sold in small bunches and is best used on the day of purchase as it wilts quickly but will keep in the fridge wrapped in plastic up to two days.

Also known as Arugula.

Rocket and Parmesan salad
  • Put 2 of washed and dried rocket in a serving dish.
  • Mix 4 tablespoon olive oil with 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar.
  • Pour dressing over the rocket and mix well.
  • Use a vegetable peeler to shave off pieces from a block of Parmesan.  
  • Scatter over the rocket, sprinkle with a little coarse salt and pepper.
  • Serve 4.   



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