Do you have arugula growing in your garden yet or have you seen it at the farmers market? It’s one of spring’s first greens to appear. It’s often leaves are frequently used in salads, but they can be used in so many other dishes. Here are five ways to use arugula, also known as rocket, that you may not have thought of.

  1. Spring Green Soup – Arugula, spinach and lettuce all go into this healthy, seasonal, garlicky soup that uses light cream to give it some richness.
  2. Sun-Dried Tomato, Arugula and Goat Cheese Frittata – This quick and easy breakfast-for-dinner dish is on the table in under a half hour.
  3. Peach, Basil and Rocket Quesadilla – Another really quick meal, melted cheddar cheese holds the ingredients together in this quesadilla.
  4. Chorizo empanadas with Arugula and Roasted Red Pepper – A homemade crust is used for these little pockets filled with smoky chorizo, pesto, arugula, roasted red pepper and more goodness.
  5. Pineapple Arugula Mojito – Arugula and mint are muddled together and mixed with pureed pineapple, rum and a few other ingredients to create a pitcher full of refreshing drinks.
What recipes do you use arugula in?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

5 recipes for arugula
One of the first greens to appear in the spring is peppery arugula. We have five recipes that take arugula out of the salad bowl and into other dishes.