Wilted Arugula Pasta Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Rachel Hanawalt
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 9 mins
Total time: 19 mins
Wilted Arugula Pasta Salad makes tender, fresh, spring arugula the star of the show. It's also easy enough to enjoy on a week night as a main dish or side!
  • ⅛ C olive oil
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • 3 handfuls (about 4 cups) of fresh arugula
  • 1½ C 100% durum wheat semolina farfalline (or any other small 100% durum wheat pasta)
  • ¼ C blue cheese crumbles
  • ½ C dried cranberries
  1. In a large mixing bowl, measure and mix together olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook your farfalline per package instructions. The recommended cooking time for my pasta was 9 minutes. Be sure not to overcook, so that you don't get pasta that falls apart.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, clean your arugula and gently mix it together with your lemon olive oil mixture.
  4. Once the pasta is done cooking, immediately drain it, but don't rinse. Then add your hot pasta to the bowl of arugula and fold together. The hot pasta will gently wilt your arugula, making it more tender and sweet.
  5. Allow your arugula 3 minutes to wilt and then place it in the refrigerator to cool before you're ready to serve. I recommend giving it at least 30 minutes in the fridge before serving.
  6. Before serving, mix ½ C of blue cheese crumbles and ½ C of dried cranberries in with your salad.
  7. Serve your Wilted Arugula Pasta Salad chilled. It's a delicious meal unto itself, and it also pairs well with roasted chicken or broiled white fish.
Recipe by Simple Seasonal at https://simpleseasonal.com/recipes/meal-types/salads/wilted-arugula-pasta-salad