Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans

Living in San Diego, it can feel like summer goes on forever.  I'm not complaining because that would be obnoxious when most of the country is experiencing a season called Fall, however I would love to be wearing boots and sweaters right about now (don't hate me).  My point is, I can get strawberries year round and since I love them so much, this makes me very happy and always looking to add them into my food in interesting ways.  Now, if strawberries are hard to come by in your area this time of year, you can always use fresh figs or pears and it would be an incredible  seasonal salad.  This might be the easiest, most flavorful salad you will ever make.  The strawberries are sweet and delicious, the goat cheese is creamy and tangy, the arugula is peppery and delicate and the candied pecans add the perfect crunch.  I use a balsamic vinaigrette to contrast the sweet strawberries and tie all the flavors together.  Balsamic and sweet fruits pair extremely well together.  The effort required for this salad entails dumping your bag of arugula in a salad bowl, slicing the strawberries and crumbling the goat cheese and adding the pecans.  Toss with dressing and serve.  This simple salad is beautiful to look at, has many layers of flavor and is completely adjustable to your tastes.  It is perfect to serve for the holidays and is an amazing side to steak or chicken.  Make this salad and enjoy your crisp, fall weather!

This is what you need:

1 bag or 4 cups of Arugula or Spinach would be wonderful too
2 cups Strawberries - sliced
3-4 tbsp of Goat Cheese - crumbled.  Feta is a delicious substitute
2-3 tbsp Candied Pecans or walnuts
Balsamic Vinaigrette of your choice or a Champagne Vinaigrette works great too
Fresh Cracked Pepper

This is what you do:
Add ingredients to a bowl, toss and serve!
Serves 6-8
Total Time: 5 minutes

First thing is to wash your strawberries and arugula if needed.  Grab your salad bowl and add arugula.  Slice the strawberries.
Sliced and ready.  I use about 2 cups, but use however many you prefer.

Lets take a closer look at the other ingredients:
The lack of effort required to make this salad is almost embarrassing...but not really.

Add your ingredients to the bowl.  I crumble my goat cheese and break up the candied pecans a little.
 Add however much of these yummy things to your salad as you want. 

Toss with dressing or just add it as desired.  It is so simple, beautiful and delicious.  I ate this salad all the time when I was losing my baby weight.  I never got tired of it and it's a low-carb, healthy dish that is filling and flavorful.  My kids will even eat it, because strawberries!  I hope this salad or whatever version you do finds a place on your dining room table.