I can only fight off fall so long. I have started to wear my cycling hat because it is so cold as I whisk down to work in the morning on my bike. Bestwin has butternut squash on sale for 17 cents/lb this week. Let’s ring in the fall produce!
This is another winning salad from Raising the Salad Bar by Catherine Walthers. It has so many unique salad ideas, I love flipping through it. My other favourite recipes from her book include the Wheat Berry Salad with Almonds and Spinach in a Citrus Dressing and the Wild Rice and Wheat Berry Salad with Apple, Cranberries and Almonds in a Citrus Dressing.
This salad features a crisp, sliced apple, with crunchy toasted almonds and juicy pomegranate seeds over a bed of arugula. I used baby arugula which wasn’t that peppery, but arugula would work well with the sweet apple-laced vinaigrette. Another option I might entertain next time is a pomegranate vinaigrette with pomegranate molasses, but I liked the focus on apple. Sadly, salads with dressed greens do not bode well for leftovers, so I halved the recipe to serve 2 and only dressed it before serving.
Apple, Pomegranate, and Arugula Salad with Apple Cider-Honey Vinaigrette
1/2 apple, thinly sliced (I used Braeburn, but any crisp apple will do)
2-3 cups baby arugula, washed and dried (or regular arugula or baby spinach)
1/8 cup pomegranate seeds
1/8 cup sliced almonds, toasted
goat cheese, crumbled (optional, I didn’t include it)
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 tsp honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
pinch of kosher salt
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, olive oil and salt. Adjust the salt and pepper.
2. Slice the apple. Toss the slices with a little of the dressing to keep them from discoloring.
3. Just before serving, toss the apples and arugula with just enough dressing to coat the leaves. Divide among two plates. Sprinkle each plate with pomegranate seeds, almonds, and crumbled goat cheese. Use the tip of your whisk to lightly drizzle with a little extra dressing if needed. Serve immediately.