Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!! Once Thanksgiving arrives, it feels like we officially enter the holiday season. And with all the holiday comfort foods spread on your table, a salad is necessary to balance it all! Arugula salad with apple and pecan is the perfect salad for your holiday table.
Let’s talk about arugula. This was a green that I only discovered roughly 7 years ago. Yes, crazy!! I first discovered it when I lived in the UK. In the UK it is called “rocket” and it seems to be served in almost every salad or wrap or as a side in almost every dish… or so it seemed. I was so intrigued by this peppery, spicy green that I had never tried. What I found out was that among its many numerous and impressive record of health benefits, arugula is an anti-aging weapon! Excuse me while I grab seconds and reverse wrinkles at the same time!
Arugula salads have now become one of my go-to salads. The base ingredients that I use are arugula and a lemon-honey vinaigrette. Then, you can add whatever fresh ingredients you have on hand. It is that simple!! In the summer, I pair it with oranges. But in the fall, apples are the perfect addition. I also add some candied pecans to add a little bit of sweetness to balance out the other flavours. You can use any candied nut that you have on hand. Walnuts and almonds are 2 alternatives that I have used.
Crumbed feta cheese is also perfect in this salad, but of course it is the one thing I forgot to buy on my trip to the grocery store this morning. So I decided to make it without, and guess what? It still tastes pretty amazing!
- 5 oz. package baby arugula
- 2 small apples, thinly sliced
- ½ cup candied pecans
- ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup if making this vegan)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a large bowl, combine the arugula, apple slices, candied pecans, and feta cheese
- In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, honey, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Pour the dressing into the salad and toss to combine.