Arugula is related to Brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale, so it has all the health benefits of other cruciferous vegetables, namely, lots of antioxidants that can help prevent cancer (especially lung and colon cancer) and diabetes. Plus the vitamin K and calcium can help to prevent osteoporosis as you get older.
Use arugula in a gig salad topped with fresh fruits, nuts and a light dressing. It’s especially tasty with apple or pear slices, dried cranberries and walnuts. Arugula can be sautéed in a little bit of olive oil and garlic and served as a side dish similar to spinach (but tastier).