Italian sausage, red bell peppers, and onions, a classic combination, right? Well, they’re even better when served on a bed of fresh, baby arugula greens. No additional dressing needed. The heat from the sausages, peppers, and onions helps to wilt the arugula a little, and the juice from the sausages is all you need for the greens. My friend Heidi H of Carlisle, MA, prepared this sausage dish for us on our annual pilgrimage to the east coast and we loved it! The peppery flavor of the baby arugula is a perfect complement to the sausage, peppers, and onions.
This is more of an idea than a recipe. I had never thought to dress tomatoes with soy sauce until I came across a simple tomato wedges with soy sauce recipe in my friend Nancy Hachisu’s Japanese Farm Food cookbook. It’s so easy and good! Tomatoes love salt, and they really love the flavorful saltiness of soy sauce. Nancy’s recipe uses rapeseed (canola) oil and shiso leaves. The salad works just as well with olive oil and sliced basil, which is what I’ve used here.