I am known as a GREAT salad maker! Its true! I’m happy to toot my own horn on this cause, well, I do make GREAT salads. I LOVE salads of all kinds. There is nothing like lettuce; so many different kinds, so much freshness! One of my favorites is arugula.
ARUGULA’s got a bite to it, its pretty and hearty. There are so many easy variations of the standard arugula salad! One of the many reasons this recipe’s so great is because you can easily access the ingredients no matter the season. It’s fresh and feels very gourmet, while still being cheap and fast!
Personally, I always keep dried berries in the pantry (they keep forever and are always an easy treat with some raw almonds when I’m starving and rushing out the door). But you can also use apples and figs (dry or fresh) or you can replace that sweet element with just about any fruit. All kinds of arugula will work (wild, baby, from a bag) just make sure it’s clean and dry. I think this salad is best paired with steak or salmon, but it is great with many things, you can use your imagination!
2 fistfuls of fresh, washed and dried Arugula
¼ Red Onion, sliced paper-thin
¼ c. Dried Berries (or other fruit like peaches, apple or strawberries)
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
Lemon Juice to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Slice onions first. The trick with raw onions is to sprinkle them with a small amount of salt and give them a gentle massage. Then let the onions stand while you prepare the rest of the salad. Mix arugula and fruit, then the salted onions. Drizzle olive oil overtop. Squeeze half lemon, add some cracked pepper and lightly toss!
Variations: When they’re in season I love adding avocado and soaked raw almonds. If you want to make this a very fancy dish then sauté the raw almonds with 1 tbsp. butter, crushed red pepper, brown sugar and salt. This makes the nuts sweet and spicy! Guests LOVE it!