Main Dishes

Arugula and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

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Rocket salad or arugula/rucola is a plant belonging to the mustard family. It's grown widely across the Mediterranean region and represents an integral part of their local cuisine. Known for its peppery, savoury taste, its leaves are commonly added raw or cooked to pasta, pizza and various mixed salads. The arugula originates in the region covering Northwest India, Tadzhikistan, Uzbekistan and western provinces of China. Subsequently arugula was cultivated by the Romans who ascribed it with aphrodisiac properties. The early Roman Catholic Church knew about this and later prohibited the cultivation of the roqueta (i.e. rocket) within monastery walls.

Arugula is a source of different biologically active compounds which are able to reduce the risk of various types of cancer, whilst also having anti-inflammatory effects. Like most greens, arugula is high in carotenes, vitamin C and folic acid. Its raw green leaves are recommended for people with stomach pain, ulcer disease and heartburn symptoms.

Arugula is an ideal recipe condiment for weight loss diets. Due to its spicy and nutty flavour, it has been recognised to assist against any impulsive habit of emotional eating, by attracting your attention to the taste. You can try the option with our flavourful Arugula and Pumpkin Seed Pesto by dressing pasta or grilled meat.

1/2 cup
60 g arugula
30 g roasted pumpkin seeds
5 g garlic
75 ml extra-virgin olive oil
25 ml lemon juice
0.5 tsp salt
  1. Process all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Serve over toast, pasta, or grilled meat and vegetables.

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Nutritions

Calories
779

Sodium
1199mg
49% DV

Fat
74g
114% DV

Protein
11g
23% DV

Carbs
9g
3% DV

Fiber
4g
16% DV

Your search for the best chicken salad recipe stops here! This simple, flavorful combination of tender meat, bright green onions, herbs, and seasoning in a creamy mayonnaise dressing is quick and delicious. Use the easy chicken salad recipe to make sandwiches, or serve it on top of a bed of lettuce with a side of biscuits, rolls, or potato chips. The make-ahead dish is always a favorite!

4 c cooked shredded chicken ( such as rotisserie chicken )
.5 c finely chopped green onion
1 c Duke's mayonnaise
2 t dried tarragon
1/4 t ground black pepper
1/4 t garlic salt
1/4 t onion powder
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  • In a large bowl, toss together the shredded chicken and the green onions.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, black pepper, garlic salt, onion powder and tarragon. Add the...
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Nutritions

Calories
557

Sodium
194mg
8% DV

Fat
29g
46% DV

Protein
60g
121% DV

Carbs
3g
1% DV

Fiber
3g
12% DV