We just love rocket  here at Le Pain Quotidien! Many of our tartines are served with a side of crisp rocket and nearly all of our delicious salads are made with this wonderfully nutritious, leafy vegetable. Sometimes called by its scientific name, eruca sativa, this peppery lettuce brings flavour to any salad, sandwich and even pasta dishes.

Rocket is a healthier salad green option than, say, iceberg or romaine lettuce because of its rich nutrient content that far surpasses the milder tasting, water-based lettuces. Rocket is a member of the brasisicaceae vegetable family among others such as kale, cauliflower, cabbage and mustard greens. And it does not fall short of its notably healthy veggie brethren. With high levels of vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and vitamin K, and even calcium, rocket is a terrific vegetable to integrate into your diet for its antioxidants, cancer prevention, and bone health benefits.

Not only is it available year-round at your local market, it is stored easily in your refrigerator’s vegetable drawer. Now, it’s up to you to get creative with your rocket. The options are boundless— have your hand at a revamped roasted turkey sandwich with rocket, a garnished flatbread, or maybe even a fresh rocket and walnut pesto.

If you find yourself in the mood for rocket, stop by your nearest Le Pain Quotidien and try our Tuscan White Beans & Prosciutto salad. Its perfectly light, basil olive oil dressing is the ideal complement to the robust flavour of our wild rocket greens.

So, we want to know, what’s your favourite LPQ menu item with rocket? Do you have a special recipe you prepare with this nutritious salad green? Share with us by commenting below!