Monday, March 8, 2010

Food Adventures: Baby Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad

I first made this salad for "Girls Night", and it was a hit! This is also the night I fell in love with spicy arugula! I needed a refresher from my regular mixed greens salad, and arugula stepped up and won my heart over. It kind of resembles an undesirable weed, but don't let that fool you- it's high in vitamin A, C, and potassium! Arugula is slightly bitter and known for it's peppery hints so I thought it would best be complemented by a little sweetness!

I started with the typical Arugula and Goat cheese salad, I say "started" because it is simply impossible for me not to alter a recipe to make it more My Cup of Te! Since my objective was to complement spicy and tangy with sweet I added cranberries and sweet basil.

I then took my favorite go-to vinaigrette dressing recipe, and substituted/added a couple of items...

1. Seasoned rice wine vinegar instead of balsamic
2. Cranberry apple mustard (a blend of cranberry, apples, honey,

and turmeric) instead of Dijon
3. Walnuts would've been better, but I had sunflower seeds on hand!
1. A dash of soy sauce (Sounds strange, but I saw Ina do this once,
and it gives the dressing that certain Je ne sais quoi!)

2. Splash of lemon juice

Have you discovered a new food crush? I'd love to hear about it!
Bon Appetit dears!!

image via
(her pic looked better than mine!)

Sniff said...

Looks yummy!

I'm really big on salads, as I don't have to fight my oven (a battle which I usually lose).

Roxy Te said...

I have battle scars from my oven :( We do not get along!!

Unknown said...

Oh hello! You have the most beautiful blog, I'm going to follow you on twitter. You've got my tummy all a rumble with this beautiful salad. I'm such a leaf freak! And with walnuts?! mmmm.....!

I'm bookmarking this post so I can try it out!

Have a fab week xoxo

Linda said...

mmmm very big salad!! it was good??!!

Lorraine Te said...

yumm, can't wait to try the recipe. nice photo,too

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