Pasta salads are wonderful, don’t you think? Talking with my Italian Providore the other day, she wondered aloud why she and her staff didn’t bring them to work for lunch, instead of their usual sandwiches. And her question is a good one. This salad makes a perfect lunch time dish, an afternoon snack or a dinner accompaniment.
The trick with this salad is to make it a Rocket Salad with Penne, not a Penne Salad with Rocket. So the salad is heavy on rocket and light on penne. Mix it up if you wish, it would also be wonderful with different ratios, but if you are wanting your greens, I recommend trying it this way.
This is another Bittman Salad. After 3 years, we are nearly at the end of working our way through his 101 salads, making all of those that were vegetarian and modifying those that are not. There are about 13 more salads to make, and that feels so close to the end of our journey with Mark. But we shall be a little sad as we make the last one.
You might like to try other Bittman Salads. Try Roasted Sweetcorn and Avocado Salad, Fennel, Tomato and Potato Salad with Garlicky Mayonnaise, Vermicelli and Green Mango Salad, and Charred Tomato Salad with Mint and Lime.
Rocket Salad with Penne and Parmesan | Arugula Salad with Penne
Mix lots of rocket (arugula) with some cold, cooked penne, whole wheat if you can, or normal if you can’t. Add lemon zest, olive oil and gratings of parmesan. Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper over the top. Don’t hold back.
Make sure it’s a Rocket Salad with Penne, not the other way around.
recipe notes and alternatives
Not enough rocket available in your green grocers? Use a mix of salad greens, ass we did this time. It is just as good.
Replace the pinenuts with toasted walnuts.