If there is a salad leaf that’s got a special place in my heart – it’s Arugula. So when I find it in the market, I’m going to treat it with a lot of love. The gorgeous peppery Arugula needs very little to make it shine. A simple balsamic dressing to give it the right amount of zing, coupled with some luscious sidekicks like Feta, Cranberries and Walnuts.
Now let me get to the good part. This is a recent development and I’m almost reluctant to share this secret with the rest of the world. “I can finally get Arugula on my doorstep”. *insert big cheesy grin* FirstAgro has started delivery of its produce to select locations in Bangalore, through their online venture called Sakura Fresh. The website is still in the beta phase and I came upon it when I was searching for some information on Japanese Tatsoi. It’s not full scale right now, but I’ve registered and have been ordering from them for two weeks now, with a fair amount of success. The Arugula stocks get over pretty quickly, so make sure to order in advance or put it on your wishlist. Apart from Greens and Root Crops, they also have different herbs like Basil, Sage, Chives and a fantastic collection of Japanese Greens (which I intend to try, once I figure out recipes for the same!).
Back to the Salad – it’s a riot of colours, flavours and textures. It has the peppery arugula, the sweet and tart cranberries, the salty feta and the bittersweet walnut for crunch. Apart from the Greens, everything else is pretty much a pantry staple in my house. So it takes about five minutes in all to assemble. On days where you have more time, you can roast or boil a couple of beets and toss them in. Either way, you might want to bookmark this salad under #simple and #elegant. (P.S. #Ijustlearnedtohashtag)