I love salads. But sometimes, they can get rather boring. Because of that, and because I am trying to eat healthier, I’ve decided to start experimenting with different salad makings and new flavors. My ultimate goal is to make a salad with over 20 ingredients that all work harmoniously. Plus, a homemade dressing that ties it all together. And that is how I came to discover arugula.
If you have never tried it, arugula is a leafy green veggie that tastes fairly peppery and mixes perfectly with spinach. Arugula is wonderful to use in a summer salad, and while it’s definitely not summer, I couldn’t wait to try it out, especially after I found some deliciously ripe strawberries at my local grocery store.
This simple, five ingredient salad comes to a perfect finish with the sweet & tangy lime dressing that I drizzled all over the top. If you’re looking for a great accompaniment to a summer barbecue or picnic, then look no further.
Spinach, Arugula & Strawberry Salad:
1 cup fresh arugula
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 pint sliced strawberries
1 medium cucumber, sliced, with or w/o peel
In a salad bowl, combine all ingredients and lightly toss together. Serve chilled and drizzle with sweet & tangy lime dressing.
Sweet & Tangy Lime Dressing:
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 to 1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup olive oil
Season to taste with kosher salt and pepper
In a medium bowl, whisk together dijon mustard, sugar, lime and orange juice vigorously until completely blended and the sugar is dissolved. Drizzle in the honey and whisk vigorously until completely blended. Then slowly add the olive oil in a continuous thin stream while whisking the whole time until fully incorporated. Season to taste with kosher salt and either black or white pepper.