Put some rocket on your plate
The weather seems to be finally getting warmer, and that makes salads more appealing.
Intense, peppery rocket is probably the tastiest and most nutritious salad leaf (it’s a member of the terribly-good-for-you brassica family), and it’s easy to grow if you have green fingers. You should really try and get more rocket into your diet if you’re not eating it already.
It’s an excellent source of:
Vitamin A – needed for vision, bone growth, the division and differentiation of cells, and proper immune function.
Vitamin K, essential for the proper clotting of blood and maintenance of bone density.
You’ll also find calcium, needed for strong bones, and potassium, necessary for maintaining stable blood pressure.
Here is one of my favourite summer salads from Donal Skehan (www.donalskehan.com) which is really quick and easy to make…
Rocket, Pear, Parmesan and Pine Nut Salad
120g of rocket
2 pears, peeled, cored and sliced wafer thin.
A good handful of parmesan shavings
50g of pine nuts, toasted
Toast the pine nuts in frying pan for a minute or so until they turn a nice golden brown. Make sure to keep your eye on them, because nuts cook really quickly and are easy to burn!
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
1 clove of garlic, minced
A good pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper
In a large salad bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper.
Add the rocket and toss in the dressing until evenly coated.
Scatter the toasted pine nuts, parmesan shavings and pear slices on top of the rocket.