I am not a huge fan of arugula and have had a long interesting relationship with this leafy green vegetable. Growing up, I have never even tempted to try arugula. I don’t know what it is but the sight of it just gave me goosebumps. Over the years, however, I have learned to enjoy arugula since it is a great source of antioxidants and is high in chlorophyll (eat your greens, YO!) I truly believe that any vegetable is bearable and it is almost always about the preparation.
Jarjeer is the Arabic word for arugula and it is a widespread vegetable found in the Middle East since it thrives in sandy soils. Jarjeer is usually enjoyed on its own or a side with so many different Middle Eastern dishes. This salad recipe is so simple to make and it only requires a couple of ingredients. All you need is a few handfuls of peppery arugula, roma tomatoes, red onions, sumac, pomegranate molasses (dibs roman) and a few swirls of extra virgin olive oil. This makes a great side dish with grilled chicken, shawarma, kabob, fish or any food of your choice. So go grab some arugula and let’s make this salad!
For the salad:
- 2 cups arugula leaves washed and patted dry
- 2 medium tomatoes chopped into cubes
- 1 small red onion chopped into thin slices
For the dressing:
- 2 Tbsp sumac
- 2 Tbsp pomegranate molasses (dibs roman)
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Toss the arugula, tomatoes and onions in a medium bowl
- Arrange in a serving plate
- Drizzle your dressing on top
*Note: you can add a squirt of lemon or just keep it as is depending on how tangy you want your salad dressing to be.
So Simple, eh? tell me now, what is your least favourite leafy green vegetable and what do you do to try and incorporate it into your diet?