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Arugula Substitute
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List of The 15 Best Arugula Substitutes

If you're out of arugula or just looking to explore other possibilities, there are many delicious alternatives that can serve as substitutes.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time1 minute
Course: Substitutes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 537kcal
Author: Elle John


  • 1 Kale
  • 1 Broccoli rabe
  • 1 Mustard greens
  • 1 Dandelion greens
  • 1 Turnip greens
  • 1 Radicchio
  • 1 Frisée
  • 1 Endive
  • 1 Spinach
  • 1 Swiss chard
  • 1 Mixed greens
  • 1 Watercress
  • 1 Cabbage and napa cabbage
  • 1 Lamb’s lettuce
  • 1 Escarole


How I love using a few of these delicious leafy greens.

  • Arugula Pesto: Start by blending garlic, toasted walnuts, water, and Parmesan cheese in a food processor until a paste forms. Then add fresh arugula leaves and blend again until smooth. Serve with pasta or spread on crackers or toast for a tasty snack.
  • Sautéed Broccoli Rabe: Start by heating olive oil and garlic in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped broccoli rabe and red pepper flakes, stirring until the leaves are wilted. Add chicken broth, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes or until the stems are tender.
  • Mustard Greens Soup: Start by sautéing garlic and onions in a pot with olive oil. Add vegetable stock, potatoes, bay leaves, and mustard greens. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  • Dandelion Greens Stir Fry: Begin by heating sesame oil in a wok or skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, and dandelion greens. Increase the heat to high and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until the leaves are wilted. Finish with soy sauce and sesame seeds.
  • Roasted Turnip Greens: Begin by preheating the oven to 375°F (190°C). Toss turnip greens with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the greens onto a parchment-lined sheet pan and roast for 12 minutes or until they’re crisp. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.


  • When using arugula substitutes in cooking, it's important to keep in mind that each type of green has its own characteristics and flavor profile.
  • For example, broccoli rabe is a bit more bitter than arugula, while mustard greens have a spicy kick. Endive and radicchio offer a slightly sweet flavor and spinach is a milder option.


Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 110g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 626mg | Potassium: 5991mg | Fiber: 66g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 38156IU | Vitamin C: 523mg | Calcium: 1353mg | Iron: 21mg