Arugula Salad With Watermelon and Blueberries with Lime Dressing

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A salad full of flavorful textures. It looks good and tastes even better with spicy arugula and pecans with sweet watermelon and blueberries.

Salad Ingredients

5 ounces arugula

3 C watermelon diced

1 C blueberries, rinsed and dried

1/2 C blue cheese crumbled

1/3 C spiced pecans, recipe below

Lime Vinaigrette Ingredients

1/2 C olive oil

1/4 C  lime juiced

1/2 C fromage Blanca or sour cream

4 t maple syrup or honey

1/2 t cumin

1/4 t red pepper flakes(optional)

Salt and pepper

Spiced Pecans Ingredients

8 ounces pecan halves

4 T sugar

1/4 – 1/2 t cayenne pepper

2 T butter, melted

Directions

Set over temperature to 350º.

Mix vinaigrette ingredients and set aside.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread pecans out on baking sheet and bake for 15 – 20 minutes.

Melt butter and mix sugar and cayenne. Remove pecans from oven and toss with melted butter and dry mixture. Let the coated pecans cool. Store in an air tight container.

In large bowl, add arugula, watermelon, blueberries, cheese, and sliced pecans. Drizzle with lime vinaigrette. Toss and serve.

Note:

This salad goes well with grilled salmon, especially sockeye(red) or chinook(king). We love this in the summer when the salmon are running.

 

Mache Strawberry Blueberry Salad

Ingredients

3.5 ounces mache*

1 C strawberries sliced

1/2 C blue berries

1-2 T cilantro leaves

1/2 C crumbled chèvre or soft goat cheese

1/2 C pumpkin seeds salted(sprouted) *

Dressing

1/2 C olive oil

1/4 C champagne vinegar

2 T lime juice

2 t honey

1 garlic clove minced

2 t  jalapeño diced fine *

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Salad dressing.  Add oil, vinegar, juice, and honey to shaker and  mix. Add garlic, diced jalapeño pinch of salt and shake till emulsified. Adjust just seasoning to taste.

Salad. Combine mache,strawberries, blue berries, cilantro, chèvre, and pumpkin seeds in large salad bowl. Drizzle on dressing and toss gently. Serve immediately.

Notes:

* Mache is delicate and lightly sweet–not bitter.  The brand I purchase is pre-washed.  Mache blends are easier to find than mache rosettes. Spring greens or a baby lettuce leaves would also work.

* Sprouted pumkin seeds are sold at Costco® and are also good as a snack.  Non-sprouted seeds can be substituted and are more widely available.

* Add jalapeño to taste. I have used a Serrano when I could not find jalapeños.  Skip the peppers if desired and perhaps try fresh cracked black pepper.