Friday, January 20, 2012

Arugula and Orange Salad

This is one of those recipes that I threw together with what was in the fridge. And I'm assuming that everyone else has loads of arugula, oranges, walnuts, and goat cheese just sitting around in the fridge, waiting for a blog post that happens to include all these ingredients. Well, here you go!

I really loved all the flavors in this salad, it was fresh and perfect for a lunch side dish for two, or maybe a lunch serving one. It covers pretty much every salad criteria, too--peppery arugula, crunchy walnuts, tangy and creamy goat cheese, sweet and bright oranges, and a perfectly balanced vinaigrette. What more can I say?!

Arugula and Orange Salad
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
salt and pepper, to taste
1 5 oz bag arugula
3 small or 2 regular sized navel oranges, cut into segments
1/4 cup toasted walnut pieces
1 oz goat cheese, crumbled

1. Whisk all the dressing ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Add the arugula to the bowl with the dressing and mix to coat evenly.
3. Toss in the orange segments, walnuts, and goat cheese.

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