Salad, Vegetarian

Lemony Arugula Salad with Crispy Polenta

Arugula Salad with Crispy Polenta

Arugula Salad with Crispy Polenta

We have salad with our dinner almost every day. I love arugula and the addition of the crispy polenta was delightful. Serves 4

Arugula in Wooden Bowl

Arugula in Wooden Bowl

  • 4 ounces arugula
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon (about a tablespoon); for a more lemony flavor put 2 tablespoons
  • cracked peppercorn
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons capers
  • 1/4 sweet onion, thinly sliced (use 1/2 sweet onion if the onion is small)
  • One 16-ounce log of prepared polenta, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Panko Japanese bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil (not extra virgin but pure olive oil)
  1. Arrange arugula into salad bowl. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over arugula. I don’t measure. I “trace a letter G” onto the salad straight from the olive oil bottle. Add lemon juice, pepper to taste, capers and onion. Toss.
  2. Cut polenta’s rounded edges to make a rectangular block. Cut in half lengthwise.
  3. Spread panko on a plate. Press both sides of polenta onto panko. Sprinkle more on top of polenta and
    Polenta in Skillet

    Polenta in Skillet

    press down with a spoon.

  4. In a nonstick 10″ skillet heat 1 tablespoon oil to medium-high. Fry the polenta until crispy about 3 minutes per side. Add remaining tablespoon oil after flipping polenta.
  5. Cut the polenta into 8 or 16 pieces. Arrange arugula onto salad plate and top with polenta pieces to serve.

Adapted from Food & Wine Magazine April 2013 Recipes


4 thoughts on “Lemony Arugula Salad with Crispy Polenta

  1. The crispy polenta is a fantastic idea Liuba!! I absolutely love arugula (or rocket, as we call it here in Australia). The deliciously peppery flavour would be delicious doused in lemony dressing with those crispy panko breadcrumbs. Yum. Thanks for sharing the recipe (love your blog!)

    Posted by laurasmess | April 8, 2013, 3:55 pm
  2. very unique idea for salad. I’ve made the polenta before but not crispy.

    Posted by dianeskitchentable | April 8, 2013, 8:13 am
  3. This sounds like my ideal salad! Can’t wait to try it!

    Posted by wino2wineknow | April 3, 2013, 9:03 am

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