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Cape Cod Arugula Salad

I love a good arugula salad! On this one, bacon, walnuts and blue cheese add heartiness to it, while the orange dressing, arugula, and apples keep it light and fresh.

I love a good arugula salad! On this one, bacon, walnuts and blue cheese add heartiness to it, while the orange dressing, arugula, and apples keep it light and fresh. This is a modified version of Ina Garten’s recipe—easy to make and delicious.

Cape Cod Arugula Salad

Prep Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. baby arugula
  • 5-6 slices bacon
  • 1 Granny Smith apple diced
  • ¾ cup walnuts chopped
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • 8 oz. blue cheese chopped
  • 1 orange
  • 3 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 400º.
  2. Arrange a wire rack in a pan. Place the bacon on the rack and roast for about 20 minutes or cooked. Let cool.
  3. In a large serving bowl, toss the arugula with apples, walnuts, cranberries, and blue cheese.
  4. Take the orange, and grate 1 teaspoon of zest and squeeze 2 tablespoons of juice into a small bowl. Whisk in vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, 1 ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the oil. This makes about 1 cup of dressing. It can be refrigerated in airtight container for a couple of days.
  5. Chop the bacon into pieces and add to the bowl with the arugula. Add dressing to taste, tossing. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Vegetarians can omit bacon and substitute avocado. You can also sub sliced almonds or chopped pecans for walnuts, and Roquefort for blue cheese.

If you make this recipe, I’d love for you to comment below with any of your feedback!

Bon Appétit!
xx — BB

 

 

6 comments on “Cape Cod Arugula Salad

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  2. Shannon Fisher

    Tried this recently and it was a great mix of flavors and so refreshing with the bite of the apple! Thanks for the recipe!

    • breebasham

      Nice, yes I always love a crisp apple as well! You’re welcome, thanks for reading!

  3. Leslie Starr

    Beautiful salad. Tried it with a chicken on the grill and it was perfect!

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