Hello! Today’s recipe is a side dish that’s easy to prepare, full of delicious flavours, and pleasing textures. I hope you enjoy this recipe for Crispy Roasted Potatoes and Arugula Salad!
What’s in this recipe?
For this recipe, I use baby potatoes (also known as new potatoes).
They have a thin, tender skin so they don’t need to be peeled and, when roasted, they’ll get nice and crispy. On the inside, the roasted potatoes have a soft, creamy texture with flavours that are slightly sweet, earthy, and savoury.
I used mainly red and yellow baby potatoes plus a few blue mini potatoes as it was available at the grocery store, but since the potatoes are cooked with colourful spices, they will all end up looking the same at the end – a lovely deep reddish-brown colour. As such, it doesn’t matter if you use either red or yellow ones.
The potatoes are coated with a mixture of minced garlic, dried rosemary, sweet paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper along with olive oil before roasted on baking sheet.
Sweet paprika is mild with fruity and slightly sweet notes. If you prefer it a little spicy, you can substitute with hot paprika or if you like smoky flavours, use smoked paprika. Cumin has warm, earthy, and nutty notes and dried rosemary has a lemony-pine flavour.
In combination, they go so well with the roasted baby potatoes, but doesn’t overwhelm the dish with too much spice.
Then there is the baby arugula (also known as rocket), which has bold peppery-mustardy notes, but is less strong in flavour than regular mature arugula.
To help balance the distinctive flavour of arugula, a simple vinaigrette made from fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper is gently tossed onto this leafy green vegetable.
Then the spiced roasted potatoes and arugula salad is brought together and sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan cheese (I like using a lot of Parmigiano Reggiano) that’s sharp, nutty, and salty.
How to make this tasty warm salad?
In a large bowl, combine together the potatoes, garlic, dried rosemary, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper.
Place the potatoes in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Roast for 35-40 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
As the potatoes roast, toss together the arugula with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Plate the arugula on a platter (I used a pasta bowl) and top with the warm potatoes. Finish with freshly grated parmesan cheese on top. Enjoy!
Overall, this potato arugula salad:
Is delicious: It’s has pleasing bright, savoury, and complimentary flavours.
Has satisfying textures: Crispy potatoes and tender baby arugula makes each bite interesting.
Is quick and easy to make: It only takes about 10 minutes of active time to prepare (most of time is spent roasting the potatoes) and has just a few uncomplicated steps.
Has ingredients that are (usually) simple to find in the grocery store or are in your kitchen pantry already.
Is easily adapted: Since this is a salad, it's customizable. You can always add more or less ingredients to suite your preferences.
Is gluten-free and vegetarian too. Just make sure that your cheese is free from animal rennet to ensure that it is vegetarian if this is important to you. Make it vegan by substituting the cheese with a vegan alternative or by omitting it all together.
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