Sunday, March 18, 2007

Arugula, Pear, & Arina Goat Gouda Salad

I loved this arugula salad with sliced pear, slivers of Arina Goat Gouda, and hazelnuts! The peppery bite of the arugula was balanced by a vinaigrette sweetened with honey, the creaminess of the goat gouda and the fresh nutty flavor of the hazelnuts.

The vinaigrette was simple: just olive oil, champagne vinegar, and honey. I wondered about adding chopped shallots to the vinaigrette, but I'm glad I didn't.

I'd love to hear your favorite aruguala salad/fruit combination in the comments. Thanks to Tanya for suggesting this pairing.


Blogger Karina said...

Wow - beautiful!

My favorite combo is very close to yours: arugula, pears, goat cheese and pecans with a raspberry vinaigrette.


12:58 PM  
Blogger Kalyn said...

Oh baby, sounds wonderful. (I might have to skip the honey. I will refrain from mentioning what I'd use instead.)

3:01 PM  
Blogger Kalyn said...

Decided to clarify (lest you think I have become a low carb fanatic) that if it's only a teaspoon or so of honey, I'd just go for it.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

This looks beautiful! Beautiful and delicious! And, I love that the vinaigrette is simple - sometimes, simple is the tastiest!

5:23 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

kalyn - for one serving, about 1/4-1/2 tsp. so go for it!

I was just reading Heath mag which had a recipe for Arugula and strawberry salad!

8:35 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

Delicious! I am on a huge arugula kick lately and have been eating a sald of one sort or another almost daily..

Love, love love arugula, feta and watermelon dressed with balsamic vinegar, shallots and mint

and hazelnuts and strawberries

and cranberries and walnuts

and apples and sunflower seeds..

ok, I'll stop here.

I lied.. ruby red grapefruit, avocado, red onion and just a touch of olive oil..

11:48 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

this is one of my favorite salad mixes. beautiful presentation! and those tarts for St. Pat's look wonderful. there are so many!!!

12:28 PM  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

I just had a bite of a tasty salad made by Shuna of Eggbeater yesterday. There was chicken in it, so apologies to you vegetarians, but she added cubed apple, which I thought was perfect. Shuna told me she always thinks of arugula as peppery, but I said I've always found warm, walnutty flavors in it...
And to that end, I love to dress arugula with walnut oil.

5:57 PM  

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