Thursday, January 24, 2008

Rocking Rocket

Rocket is one of my favourite salad greens. The minute I see it on a menu, I'm all over it, but it's a little hard to find at local vegetable markets. Last weekend, I was lucky enough to find a big bunch of fresh rocket which I immediately grabbed, and then wondered what I could do with it.

I have a favourite salad at Diva with Rocket and Parmesan so I decided to try and re-create that. I decided to keep the salad simple and pared down so I could truly savour the wondefrul taste of the rocket leaves. All I wanted to accompany the greens were a few cherry tomatoes, halved, and some sliced red onions. I was all out of Parmesan so settled for Edam shavings.

I mixed up a standard vinaigrette - olive oil, white wine vinegar, a dash of mustard and some powdered sugar and poured it over the salad leaves and vegetables. I topped that with thin shavings of the Edam - I still think Parmesan would have worked better because it's harder and saltier, but Edam was pretty good too. And then I thought the salad was missing a little something so I halved a few walnuts and added those to the mix.

The salad was - Rocking! The textures complimented each other beautifully, and the vinaigrette helped bring out the taste of the peppery, astringent rocket leaves even better. Definitely a salad I will be making any time I find rocket...

7 comments:

srivalli said...

hi birdeye.....just saw that you have you given Gurgaon, are you blogging from India?..Just wanted to know if you will be interested in Arurusuvai friendship chain...if so drop me a line at cooking4allseasons@gmail.com

threedrinksahead said...

You live in Gurgaon? Then, I know a place where the guy grows Rocket. It's called the French Farm. Heard of it?

bird's eye view said...

Hi Srivalli,

I am interested and one of the Delhi food bloggers, Kitchen art, just sent me my first mystery package.

Hi Threedrinksahead - I've never heard of this place? where is it? Do tell!

Jill@SimpleDailyRecipes.com said...

The salad looks gooood.
What is Rocket like? I've never heard of it.

bird's eye view said...

Jill,

Thanks. Rocket is also called arugula or rucola - it's a green leafy with a sharp, peppery taste and distinctive aroma. It pairs really well with a mustard vinaigrette and parmesan.

Aanchal said...

erm...I'm back here...after a long gap. Read your post again, and thought I'd tell you I know someone who grows Rocket, and then saw that I'd already said that...so...erm...well...his name's Roger Lanbours, and his number is 9810166196. He has a farm a little ahead of Gurgaon.

bird's eye view said...

Thanks so much, Aanchal. I'm looking forward to enjoying Rocket more often!