Thursday, January 19, 2012

Arugula Salad with Almonds and Parmesan

Arugula Salad with Almonds and Parmesan recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Crisp arugula, sliced almonds and thinly shaved Parmesan are tossed with a light lemon balsamic vinaigrette to create a tangy, peppery salad that is the perfect side for almost any meal. My  husband and I really enjoyed this salad. My kids were less than impressed, although they were happy to eat all the almonds from their plates.

I was excited to find huge bags of arugula at the market last weekend for just a dollar or two. I remembered seeing this recipe in a magazine recently and decided it was time to try arugula at last. I tried a piece of the arugula by itself and was shocked at how strong the taste was. However, after tossing it in the dressing, the taste was mellowed considerably.

Arugula Salad with Almonds and Parmesan
recipe adapted from Everyday Food
(printable recipe)

Several large handfuls of arugula, about 1/2 a pound
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Thinly shaved Parmesan, about 1/4 cup, adjust to taste
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 scant tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 scant tablespoon balsamic vinegar
course sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

In a small skillet over medium heat, toast the almonds until lightly browned. Set aside to cool. In a small jar, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic, salt and pepper. Shake well to combine. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed. Set aside.

Place the arugula in a large bowl. Shave the Parmesan into the bowl and the add the toasted almonds. Add about half the dressing and toss to coat. Add more as needed. I did not use all of the dressing. Serve immediately and Enjoy!


Arugula Salad with Almonds and Parmesan recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

11 comments:

  1. Arugula is actually my favorite salad leaf! I love the simplicity of this salad. You're right - it pairs perfectly with everything!

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  2. So very simple - I love it! And yes, arugula can be over powering at times, but I do love it in certain dishes. Never had a salad with just arugula though, will have to give this a shot!

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  3. I love simple salads like this! Arugula and lemon pair so well together.

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  4. I love the simplicity of this salad and the flavors go nicely together..my kids would probably pick out the almonds, too. The shaved parm is great here, too.

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  5. The salad is so simple and beautiful! I love arugula in a nice mixed green salad. ^^

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  6. me encanta la rĂșcula es refrescante en ensaladas como la que presentas,sencilla y saludable,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  7. I'm not wild about arugula, but this sounds much like a spinach salad I love!

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  8. I love arugula but usually when mixed with other lettuces. This salad looks light and delicious.

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  9. This is a lovely salad. The salad dressing sounds delicious.

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  10. Rarely do I prepare dishes with arugula, but I bet my family will welcome this refreshing salad. I'd love this as side dish with fried chicken drumsticks. It will be the perfect, balanced meal. Great salad you have here.

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