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This arugula salad recipe is fairly common l but I felt the need to share since I’ve been a little obsessed with it lately.

I decided to start the new year healthy by eating more nutritious foods and going easy on the butter. Seriously, I don’t have oodles of resolutions I wish to accomplish, my life is pretty good except for the fact that I have been indulging a little too much on chocolate, butter and diet cokes.

For me, eating healthier doesn’t mean cutting out all carbs and fats and obsessing over how many calories I’m ingesting. What I want to focus on this year are the nutrients each ingredient I cook with contains and how beneficial they are to my mental and physical wellbeing.

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Making small transitions such as incorporating more nuts and fruit will take some time to get used to but I now fully intend on keeping them as part of our regular diet.

I’ve always favored vegetables over anything else which isn’t a bad thing, but I’ve come to see that more food varieties need to be implemented in our daily lives.

It doesn’t have to be complicated, an arugula salad like this one takes no time to make and contains nuts and fruit (dried). The combination of salty blue cheese, crunchy nuts, sweet cranberries and peppery arugula hits many flavor profiles all at once.

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The dressing I make is also very simple: a mix of extra virgin olive oil, sherry vinegar, red wine vinegar and dijon mustard. This adds tanginess to the salad, cutting through the heaviness of the blue cheese and brightening up the flavors. It’s a beautiful and colorful salad to make for yourself or as part of a family dinner. I love every part of it!

Serve this arugula salad with a side of ginger shrimp balls and a hot bowl of white bean soup for a dinner that’s wholesome, energizing, and delicious!

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Arugula salad with blue cheese and cranberries

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Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese and Cranberries

cranberry blue cheese salad

Creamy, sweet and salty, this arugula salad has it all!

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minute
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Chopping
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup walnuts (chopped bite size)
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese (crumbled)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 cups arugula
  • For the dressing :
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sherry wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and mix well until the mixture has emulsified.
  2. Put the arugula in a mixing bowl and pour the dressing down the side of the bowl. Gently toss.
  3. Divide arugula into two separate plate and top with remaining ingredients.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Notes

Not a fan of blue cheese? That’s okay! Use feta or goat cheese instead.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 293
  • Saturated Fat: 6

Keywords: Appetizer, side, lunch

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