A rich source of iron and vitamins A and C, arugula is nonetheless in desperate need of balancing--here, with aged balsamic vinegar, walnuts and strawberries, another one of springtime's jewels.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2005

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Recipe Summary

total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Toast walnuts in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until lightly browned and aromatic, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a salad bowl; let cool for 5 minutes.

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  • Add arugula, strawberries, Parmesan, pepper and salt. Sprinkle vinegar and oil over the salad; toss gently and serve at once.

Tips

Ingredient Note: Aged balsamic vinegar (12 years or older) is a treat, but not an economical one. If you don't want to spring for a $40 bottle, use regular balsamic. Alternatively, bring 1/2 cup regular balsamic vinegar to a boil over high heat in a small skillet. Cook until the vinegar begins to thicken and become syrupy, 2 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; protein 7g 14% DV; carbohydrates 10.6g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 2.8g 11% DV; sugars 6.3g; fat 16.1g 25% DV; saturated fat 3.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 7.2mg 2% DV; vitamin a iu 573.3IU 12% DV; vitamin c 44.9mg 75% DV; folate 51.6mcg 13% DV; calcium 183.6mg 18% DV; iron 1.1mg 6% DV; magnesium 47.1mg 17% DV; potassium 298.4mg 8% DV; sodium 248.7mg 10% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 8% DV.

Reviews (7)

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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2019
We've been having this salad all summer long! I love arugula now! I have a delicious strawberry balsamic vinegar that I reduce until it s a little syrupy and it is fantastic in this salad! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2013
Yummy salad! I made this salad as an appetizer and it was sooo good! I didn't have the Parmesan so I used what was on hand - mozzarella that was cubed. I'm not too wild about nuts and omitted the walnuts but it was still delicious. As for the dressing I used a strawberry vinaigrette (sparingly) which really awakened the strawberries in the salad. The peppery arugula and savory mozzarella were wonderful to experience for such and easy salad to combine and devour! Pros: Easy healthy nutritious and tasty Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2012
Dressing A sweet and sour poppy seed dressing is great with this salad as well! Cape Cod makes a good version of this dressing but you can make it yourself too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2012
How I love arugula! I love this simple salad. Aged balsamic is perfect with the peppery bite of arugula and the sweetness of strawberries. This is also delicious with manchego or goat cheese. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This salad is awesome! My Mom made this one night when she came for dinner and we've made it several times since. It's easy and a wonderful combination of flavors. We have successfully used spinach leaves instead of Arugula. We also use the soft parmesan cheese in the tub that can be found at Whole foods. Enjoy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Absolutely delicious. Simple and fresh and yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Delicious! Although I love arugula I used a combination of baby spinach and arugula to appeal to more people and the salad was gone in a flash. I also used regular balsamic vinegar that I reduced per the tip. Loved it. Read More