Arugula Salad with Strawberries

WANTED:

A wonderfully balanced salad with peppery arugula, amazingly sweet strawberries, toasty crunchy pecans topped with creamy goat cheese crumbles. Do not want a salad that will require several grocery trips. Must be extremely easy to make and perfect paired with a glass of wine and a crusty baguette. Would love to eat you outside while wearing flip flops and a sundress. All inquiries must go directly in my mouth!

***Update! Found! Made! Loved!***

Here’s what’s involved.

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Chop strawberries and marinate them in balsamic vinegar for a few minutes.

strawberry season!

Toast your pecans in the oven. Doesn’t that make them even yummier?

toasted pecans

Toss the rest of the ingredients with the marinated strawberries and you have this pretty salad.

You are going to love the strawberries!  They are so sweet! You will want to eat the whole bowl!

strawberries in balsamic

I added goat cheese to bring a creamy element to the mix. So lovely!

a snippet

This salad is a new favorite of mine. Enjoy!

Arugula Salad with Strawberries & Goat Cheese

(recipe from Everyday Food Magazine)

  • 1/2 pint strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bunches arugula, washed, dried, and trimmed
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecan halves
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese crumbles (optional)

Put pecans on baking sheet and toast in the oven at 350F for 8-10 minutes.

In a large bowl, toss 1/2 pint strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and quartered, with 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar; let sit 5 to 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together another tablespoon balsamic vinegar with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.

To the strawberries, add vinaigrette, 1/2 cup toasted pecan halves, and 2 bunches arugula, trimmed and thoroughly washed and dried. Toss to combine, and serve.  Add a bunch of goat cheese crumbles to push it over the top!

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  • April 10, 2010

    I love strawberry salads! Ive been looking for a new recipe too, so this will be awesome! Thanks!

  • April 11, 2010

    this looks good! i once made a strawberry mozzarella salad off of foodnetwork.com and it was FABULOUS! Super good.
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  • April 11, 2010

    I have never marinated strawberries in balsamic vinegar before. It sounds so good!!!! I totally agree about the pecans, roasting makes them even more delicious!!!

    • April 11, 2010

      you are in for a real treat then!!

  • April 11, 2010

    Mmmmm…I just made a strawberry and spinach salad yesterday, but (obviously) I like your version with arugula even more. Looks great!

    • April 11, 2010

      isn’t arugula the best? i can tell you love it too! Unfortunately there’s a lot of people who don’t love it :( More for us!

  • April 11, 2010

    It must be the season. Strawberries are popping up in salads everywhere. GREG

  • April 14, 2010

    I always think that spring strawberry salads are quite nearly perfection in a bowl. And the miracle is, all they really need is a splash of balsamic to make them shine. Love a bit of fig balsamic on mine — just to heighten the sweetness a bit. Oh — and a bit of basil oil, to play off of the “green”.

  • Brenda m
    May 11, 2012

    I just made this and used fig balsamic. Wow how e favors burst ! Loved it!

  • Kate
    May 6, 2014

    I know this is an older post, but I just tried this salad tonight and it was delicious! It reminded me how good salads can be!

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