White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe from Basilicata, Italy

CARMELA'S WHITE MUSHROOM ARUGULA SALAD

We learned this recipe from Carmela in the beginning of Spring when the arugula from her garden was flourishing with vitality. We helped Carmela in her garden this past spring in Montescaglioso, Italy, in exchange for room, board, and (most importantly) traditional recipes of the Basilicata region. Carmela is a friend to all, she’s quick to laugh, generous with her hugs and even more generous with her dinner portions.  She is known amoungst her nieces and nephews for her "cucina sana e gustosa" or "healthy and delicious cooking." 

 

Carmela discovered this recipe at a local farmer's market when asking a women what she planned to do with the hearty mushrooms in her basket. The salad has proved itself to be a family favorite ever since. It's fresh, crisp, nutritious and your serving plate is guarenteed to be licked clean within two minutes. 

Ingredients for 

White Mushroom Arugula Salad

  • 2 x 8 oz packages of Fresh White Mushrooms

  • 5 oz Arugula 

  • Whole Lemon

  • 2 Handfuls Shredded Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt to taste

Recipe for 

White Mushroom Arugula Salad

Notes for the Recipe:

 

According to Carmela, there are three keys to this recipe. The first is making sure the white mushrooms are fresh. The mushrooms should be hard, white and the skin from their caps should be contiguous with the skin of their stems (see the first picture). The second key to the recipe is to cut the mushrooms paper thin. The third key is wait to add the olive oil right before serving. 

 

Leila and Carmela making the White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe

Serves 6-8

  1. Pop off the stems of the mushrooms using your thumb and forefinger.

  2. Using a knife or your thumb, carefully strip back the inner flap of the cap and peel it backwards, removing the first, thin layer of skin off of the mushroom cap.

  3. Once all of the mushrooms are de-stemmed and stripped of their first layer, wash and dry the mushroom caps.

  4. Using a small sharp knife, slice the mushrooms paper thin

  5. Place the mushrooms on your serving dish and sprinkle with the juice of half of a lemon.

  6. Grate the cheese and sprinkle it over the mushrooms.

  7. Remove the stems of the arugula. Wash and dry the arugula, and lay the arugula over the mushrooms.

  8. Squeeze the other half of the lemon on the arugula, drizzle with olive oil and salt to taste. Made with Love Tip: Wait to dress the salad with olive oil and salt immediately before serving.

  9. Enjoy the white mushroom arugula salad, Made with Love.

CARMELA & LEILA

RECIPE PHOTOS

Fresh white mushrooms, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe

Mushroom skin is intact from stem to cap

Mushroom is HARD

Popping off the stems from the mushrooms, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe

"Snap"

Popping off the stems from the caps of the mushrooms, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe

"Pop"

Peeling off the first layer of skin from the mushroom caps, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe

Peel outer layer of skin 

First layer removed form the white mushroom caps, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe
Washing the mushroom caps, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe
Drying the white mushroom caps, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe
the white mushroom caps, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe
Slicing the white musFirst layer removed form the white mushroom caps, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipehroom caps paper-thin, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe

Slice the mushrooms paper thin!!

the sliced white mushroom caps, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe

Lay the mushrooms on  a serving dish

Squeezing lemon over the sliced white mushroom caps, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe

Squeeze a lemon  over the mushrooms

Lemon juice over the sliced white mushroom caps, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe
Shredding the Parmigiano Reggiano, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe

Grate the cheese

Sprinkling the Parmigiano Reggiano over the sliced mushroom caps, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe

Sprinkle the cheese over the mushrooms

Fresh arugula or roquette, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe

Wash

Leila and Anthony with the White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe

Enjoy!!

Fresh Arugula over the sliced white mushroom caps, White Mushroom Arugula Salad Recipe

Spread the Arugula over the cheese & mushrooms.

Drizzle with olive oil, and salt.

Written by The Recipe Hunters:

 Leila Elamine and Anthony Morano