Strawberry Arugula Salad with Sugar-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette

A flavorful Strawberry Arugula Salad with sugar-free balsamic vinaigrette, honey glazed pecans, and gorgonzola. This colorful strawberry spinach salad recipe is an easy dinner side that goes with everything.
Strawberry Arugula Salad in a white serving bowl

Get Nutritional Boosts by Eating a Strawberry Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

A flavorful Strawberry Arugula Salad with sugar-free balsamic vinaigrette and honey glazed pecans and gorgonzola. This colorful strawberry arugula salad recipe is an easy dinner side that goes with everything. Getting two cups of vegetables per day can be challenging, but eating a delicious salad is an easy way to meet your veggie goals.
Strawberry Arugula Salad in a serving bowl

Advantages of Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is a popular food condiment for good reasons. In addition to the irresistible taste, it contains only natural sugars and has been proven to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood pressure. This homemade dressing recipe below gives you a sweet dressing to offset the peppery arugula and flavorful gorgonzola without any added sugars. Making your own dressing allows you to control the ingredients and substitute healthier alternatives. For more information, read Healthline’s overview on balsamic vinegar.

Benefits of Making your Own Balsamic Vinnaigrette

  • many prepared dressing use highly processed canola oil and a significant amount of sugar and salt
  • use healthy oils like extra virgin olive oil
  • eliminate sugar – no added sugars in the recipe
  • minimize salt – control the amount
  • add healthy kinds of vinegar like balsamic or apple cider vinegar

Recipe Steps

Toasting honey-glazed pecan halves in skillet
1

Toast honey-glazed pecan halves in a skillet.

honey-glazed pecans on wax paper
2

Cool honey-glazed pecans and break into smaller pieces.

Strawberry Arugula Salad in a white serving bowl
3

Combine greens, strawberries, cheese, red onion, and cranberries.

Advantages of Eating a Salad

  • meet vegetable requirement
  • get a low-calorie food
  • eat healthy greens that have vitamins, mineral, and water
  • consume raw vegetables which can have more nutrients than cooked
  • add fiber to your diet

Takeaway

In summary, Arugula + Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette = Winning Combination.
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Strawberry Arugula Salad in a white serving bowl

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Sugar-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette


  • Author: Karen
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

A flavorful Strawberry Arugula Salad with sugar-free balsamic vinaigrette, honey glazed pecans, and gorgonzola.  This colorful strawberry spinach salad recipe is an easy dinner side that goes with everything.

Ingredients

Units Scale
Salad
  • 3/4 cup halved pecans
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 5 ounce container of arugula or 50/50 blend of arugula and spinach*
  • 8 ounces fresh strawberries tops removed and sliced or quartered
  • 2 ounces gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled**
  • 1/2cup red onion, sliced – about 1/2 onion
  • 1/4cup cranberries or other small dried fruit, cherries
Dressing
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of sugar-free strawberry jam or 1 teaspoon raw honey ***
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Toast Pecans. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add pecan halves. Drizzle honey over pecans and stir to coat. Toast the pecans for a few minutes.  Place on wax paper to cool. Try not to eat them all while making the salad. Break into smaller pieces.
  2. Combine Salad. In a large salad bowl, combine greens, strawberries, cheese, red onion, and cranberries.
  3. Make Dressing. In a small bowl or shaker cruet, add all dressing ingredients except the olive oil. Shake to combine. Slowly add olive oil.
  4. Serve. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently mix. Serve immediately.

Notes

50/50 blend of arugula and spinach is a nice variation, if available.

You can also use blue cheese, but I prefer the milder gorgonzola. For best taste, do NOT get the pre-crumbled package. Buy it in a small block and crumble just before serving.

I use jam with no added sugar and sweetened with fruit juice.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Stovetop (nuts only)
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Colorful summer salad, festive salad

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One Response

  1. Very good salad – loved the flavor of the toasted pecans, cranberries, and Gorgonzola cheese with the strawberry dressing.

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