any suggestions for what to do with very, very bitter arugula?

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melissav
melissav September 6, 2011

Maybe try aagersi's dandelion salad recipe, substituting the arugula for the dandelion - http://www.food52.com/recipes....

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hardlikearmour
hardlikearmour September 6, 2011

You could use it in place of dandelion greens. I'm guessing it bolted, and typically I just yank it out of the garden at that point.

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hardlikearmour
hardlikearmour September 6, 2011

LOL, melissav... we must've been typing at the same time!

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CT in NC
CT in NC June 17, 2014

I just harvested all of my "wild" arugula which was very bitter from the beginning. I hated to throw it away, it was so lovely - fresh and organic from my own garden! So I tried a few things and the one that worked was the combination of garlic, onion (saute them for a few minutes) then add the chopped up arugula and added a splash of rice wine vinegar (red or white wine vinegar would probably be fine too), salt & pepper, a touch of honey (I think this was the biggest helper in cutting the bitter taste) and some crushed red pepper. I sauteed for a few more minutes, then added a few pieces of fresh tomato and sauteed another few min. I couldn't believe I was eating the same arugula! I served this over/with some cauliflower mash and it was delish!! Hope this helps!!

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ChefJune
ChefJune June 17, 2014

Like the others, I would try sauteing it. Or, if you want it in a salad, blanch it for about 1 minute, then refresh in ice water and dry thoroughly.

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Maedl
Maedl June 17, 2014

As Ct suggested, I would saute itin olive oil with onions, garlic and a bit of bacon. However, before sauteing, I would blanch it first--this helps reduce bitterness.

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