Arugula Pear Salad

Confession: I used to despise any leafy green that was not Romaine lettuce.

In my youth, I was lucky (and weird) enough that I liked to eat vegetables. However, I drew the line at funny looking greens. Spinach? Nah. Kale? Never heard of it. Arugula? Aruga-what?

Alas, with maturing taste buds comes an appreciation for these unique and healthy salad additions. And a need to change-it-up often. Thus, my leafy green of the week is: arugula!

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Arugula is bitter, sharp in flavor, and tastes great when paired with ingredients that are sweeter. This salad is a refreshingly healthy dinner side dish or light lunch option. So keep your health-related New Year’s resolutions going with this recipe!

Arugula Pear Salad (makes 5 servings)IMG_2439

Ingredients For Salad:

  • 5 cups arugula, rinsed
  • 2-3 pears, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup croutons

Ingredients For Dressing:

  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 5 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions:

In a bowl, mix ingredients for dressing together with a fork and set aside. Toss freshly rinsed arugula leaves with dressing. Plate a serving of arugula and top with pears slices, parmesan cheese, cranberries, and croutons.

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