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Robert St. John

Restaurateur, author, enthusiastic traveler, & world-class eater.

Rocket Salad

One of my favorite Tuscan dishes is as basic and uncomplicated as any dish could be. Rocket Salad is nothing more than arugula, a meager amount of aged balsamic vinegar, and even less extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. This, in my mind, is the ideal salad. The peppery greens and the light adornment of dressing is a perfect foil for uncomplicated pastas.


1 – 5 oz. bag fresh arugula (aka rocket)
2 Tbl Aged balsamic vinegar, finest quality
2 tspExtra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp Kosher salt
¼ tsp Fresh ground black pepper
Shredded Parmigiano Reggiano as needed


In a large mixing bowl, toss the arugula with the balsamic vinegar. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper and toss again.

Divide among 6-8 small plates and garnish with the shredded cheese as desired.

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