Simple Rocket Salad

A quick and easy salad from Kevin Dundon's Modern Irish Food.


  • 300 g (10.oz) rocket (arugula) leaves
  • 50 g (1.oz) parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 50 g (12⁄3 cups) croutons (optional)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • salt and black pepper


  1. Arrange the leaves in a large serving bowl or on a platter.
  2. With a vegetable peeler, shave slices of Parmesan, if using, gently over of the rocket leaves.
  3. Scatter the croutons on top, if using.
  4. Mix the lemon juice and olive oil together in a mixing bowl and season lightly.
  5. Just as you are ready to eat the salad, dress the leaves with the tangy dressing and serve immediately.


Kevin says, "We have a very extensive selection of lettuces in our garden at Dunbrody, but our rocket is one of my favourite salad greens. Often, we make a light lunch out of just these leaves, dressing them with a very simple dressing and accompanying them with nothing more than a large chunk of crusty bread."


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