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Rocket (arugula) is available everywhere these days.

It’s health giving properties are encouraging!

My supplier in Castres market on a Saturday morning is a generous soul.

I buy a hundred or two hundred grams (1.5 euros a 100gms) depending on our plans and every time she pops an extra fistful of green spears in the bag.

I protest–to no avail.

This policy often leaves late arrivals disappointed.

It’s the best looking and tasting rocket in the world–of course!

Well it is and makes a good base for this simple salad from Lombardy–spotted in Paola Gavin’s book Italian Vegetarian Cooking.

for 2/3

a couple of handfuls of rocket leaves

2 largish tomatoes (this green one is a green zebra)–not too thickly sliced

half a red onion–sliced as thin as you can manage

a few juicy black olives–de-stoned

a small goat’s cheese–in smallish pieces

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

3 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper

The assembly job

  • Spread the rocket over the base of your favorite salad bowl.

  • Add the onion.

  • And the tomatoes, olives and cheese.

  • Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss just before eating.
  • Lunch today–accompanied by a couple of fresh figs each, from the tree in the courtyard, stuffed with goat’s cheese and wrapped in a sliver of prosciutto and baked–(recipe to follow!).

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