Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rocket Salad with Blueberries

"Rocket" is the term Brits use for Arugula, also known as Rucola. I think its the perfect term for the green, especially if freshly picked, when its peppery bitterness can be so intense that it burns your mouth. That's when you know you're eating a "rocket" salad and not just arugula.

Here I've paired the green with seasonal fresh blueberries and tomatoes, tossed with a zippy vinaigrette, some goat cheese, and a bit of anise-like flavor, courtesy of the tarragon.

Rocket Salad with Blueberries

1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

3 handfuls of rocket (a.k.a. arugula)
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup yellow grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cucumber, halved, seeded and sliced
2 tbsp. fresh tarragon leaves
4 oz. goat cheese (chèvre), crumbled

Whisk together vinegar and olive oil with salt and pepper to make vinaigrette. Combine other ingredients in large bowl. Toss with vinaigrette.

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