I love salads and I don’t care who knows it. Arugula and herb salad is arguably my favorite too, or least the one I eat the most. Maybe too often. It goes with almost anything and it’s so easy to make! Try it on the side of some spaghetti all norma or dijon roasted halibut.
Like most of my recipes I almost never make the same dish twice because I am always purging the fridge for leftovers or grabbing whatever’s fresh from my garden. This arugula and herb salad is no different, it’s just dressed arugula and herbs. I usually toss in whatever I have on hand with the arugula; cress, parsley, dill, basil, tarragon, cilantro, you name it. Pretty much any combination of fresh herbs is going to work.
The recipe below just happens to be my favorite variation, using mint, chervil, and fennel. If you want to be fancy, sprinkle some pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries on top. My wife usually crushes almonds over it when she makes it.
The dressing below compliments the peppery flavor of arugula well, but you can always dress up or down for the occasion, pun intended.
Follow my guide on vinaigrettes here.
Arugula and Herb Salad
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp champagne vinegar, (or white wine vinegar)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, (crushed and minced)
- 2 tsp dijon
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried mint, (optional)
- 1/2 tsp fennel seed, (crushed, optional)
- 1/2 tsp orange zest, (optional)
Put all dressing ingredients into a large bowl and whisk until well combined.
Put Arugula, Fennel, and Herbs into the bowl and toss well with the dressing. Place salad into individual bowls and top with Pomegranate Seeds and and freshly cracked pepper, if desired.
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