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!
The best fall ingredients come together in this arugula salad with apple and pecan, just in time for an appearance on your holiday table this year!
- 5 oz. package baby arugula
- 2 small apples, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup candied pecans
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup if making this vegan)
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 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.