This peanut butter, honey, and arugula sandwich is a grown-up version of your childhood favorite. A satisfyingly easy, pantry staple supper that’s unexpected…and unexpectedly amazing.
We all know the comfort of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, yes? This peanut butter, honey, and arugula sandwich is heaped peppery greens for a contrast of taste and a little more healthfulness than you’d expect and illustrates an ingenious use for a drizzle of honey. Like a pb&j sandwich gone to finishing school…at Chez Panisse.–Renee Schettler
Peanut Butter, Honey, and Arugula Sandwich
- Peanut butter (crunchy or creamy, natural or not), to taste
- 1 slice your favorite bread (toasted or not)
- Honey to taste
- Handful fresh arugula* leaves
*What can I substitute for arugula?In a recipe as simple as this, you're not going to want to change up too much but if arugula is the missing element, you might be able to make a quick swap. The best substitutions for peppery and bitter arugula would be either watercress or frisée because of their flavor and size. Otherwise, a little escarole or even baby spinach would be good here.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Toasted multigrain sourdough + creamy, salted, organic peanut butter + honey + baby arugula = one fine sandwich.
Funny, this sandwich came along just a few weeks after some friends packed up a peanut butter and romaine lettuce sandwich on untoasted bread for me before I had to travel by air. That was also delicious, but the bite of baby arugula really rounds out the flavor profile in a way that fairly bland but crunchy romaine did not.
Having added baby arugula, I now would like to sub fully mature arugula as it adds more bite, and sub out almond butter for the peanut butter to complement the Italian nature of the arugula. I think it’ll be the perfect sandwich.
This is an interesting sandwich, just not for your PB&J purist. It’s reminiscent of a sandwich my mom made when I was a kid. Back then, it wasn’t unusual for lettuce to be added to a peanut butter and honey sandwich. The arugula adds a subtle peppery bite to the sweetness of the honey and offsets the richness of the peanut butter.
This would be a nice nostalgic sammie for those children of the ‘60s and ‘70s. The reaction of several of my tasters was to take a pass on this, but I enjoyed the taste and texture of the sandwich. I think this would work just as well with differing types of lettuce like mache, endive, or frisée, as well as your standard lettuces.
Originally published September 5, 2013