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Arugula & Strawberry Salad

April/May 2005, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

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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.



READER'S COMMENT:
"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. "
Arugula & Strawberry Salad

Makes: 4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 cups baby arugula, or torn arugula leaves
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries, (about 10 ounces)
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, shaved and crumbled into small pieces (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar, (see Ingredient note)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. 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.
  2. Add arugula, strawberries, Parmesan, pepper and salt. Sprinkle vinegar and oil over the salad; toss gently and serve at once.

Tips & Notes

  • 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

Per serving: 204 calories; 16 g fat (3 g sat, 5 g mono); 7 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 3 g fiber; 251 mg sodium; 262 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (70% daily value), Calcium (20% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 2 1/2 fat


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