Pear & Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese, Walnuts and Cranberries

Have you tried arugula?  I don’t just mean in mixed greens or on a fancy wood fired pizza, although those are both awesome, I mean really tried arugula?

My friend Chris grew arugula in her garden this summer & fall.  She shared some of it with us and wow, what a tasty little green.  I had always assumed it was on the bitter side – but it’s not.  It’s peppery and zippy but not bitter. It’s so tasty it’s worth being the only green on a plate!

pear goat cheese and arugula salad

Here’s another little tid bit about arugula – in addition to being full of awesome dark green leafy type nutrients, apparently it’s also an aphrodisiac.  Ooh, maybe that’s why my hubby liked it so much! But don’t let that stop you!  Try this super delicious and easy to make arugula salad.  The sweetness of the pears and cranberries, the crunch of the toasted walnuts and the creaminess of the goat cheese are incredible with this green rocket.

arugula, pear and goat cheese salad

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Pear & Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese, Walnuts and Cranberries

A salad that looks as delicious as it tastes. Lots of room for variations - try apples and pomegranates or grapes and glazed pecans instead. For those who love a sharp cheese, use blue cheese or Gorgonzola instead of goat cheese.
Prep : 8 mins
Total Time: 8 mins

Ingredients

  • 6 cups arugula
  • 1 pear diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnut pieces or glazed pecans
  • 3 Tbsp goat cheese crumbled
  • Dressing
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Wash and dry arugula.
  • Toss arugula, pears and cranberries in large salad bowl with prepared dressing.
  • Sprinkle walnuts and goat cheese on top.
  • Serve.

Notes

Lots of room for variations - try apples and pomegranates or grapes and glazed pecans instead.
For those who love a sharp cheese, use blue cheese or Gorgonzola instead of goat cheese.
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pear goat cheese and arugula salad

Next time, I’m putting arugula on our homemade pizza!  This stuff is awesome.

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