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Strawberry Arugula Salad in a white serving bowl

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Sugar-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette

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  • Author: Karen
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Salads
  • Method: Stovetop (nuts only)
  • Cuisine: American

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

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Salad
  • 3/4 cup halved pecans
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 5 ounce container of arugula or a 50/50 blend of arugula and spinach
  • 8 ounces fresh strawberries tops removed and sliced or quartered
  • 2 ounces gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled*
  • 1/2 cup red onion, sliced – about 1/2 onion
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or 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. Add all dressing ingredients except olive oil in a small bowl or shaker cruet. Shake to combine. Slowly add olive oil.
  4. Serve. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently mix. Serve immediately.

Notes

* Omit if paleo;  I prefer the milder gorgonzola. For the best taste, do NOT get the pre-crumbled package. Buy it in a small block and crumble it just before serving.

** Balsamic vinegar substitute: SCD – many balsamic vinegar bottles have added sugar;  substitute with red vinegar or make your own legal homemade balsamic vinegar substitute through SCDRecipe

*** Use jam or fruit preserves with no added sugar and sweetened with fruit juice.

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