Fresh Arugula Salad with Strawberries and Nuts

June 23, 2014

When I was growing up, the salad we ate most often consisted of iceberg with tomatoes, cucumbers, radish and a slice of cold ham. The result was I wanted to forget that taste and experiment more! You can add pretty much every type of food to prepare delightful salads, so why limit yourself to what’s familiar? This fresh salad will literally surprise you with its gorgeous flavour. It is nutritious, delicious, easy to make and so healthy! It is also vegan-friendly; just be careful if you have nut allergies, or someone in your family has.

This is made with fresh arugula or rucola, in Italian. This peppery green is full of vitamins C, K, A, iron, and calcium, and harmonizes perfectly with sweet berries and crunchy nuts. So without further ado…

Fresh Arugula Salad with Strawberries and Nuts

Fresh Arugula Salad with Strawberries and Nuts

Serves 1

For the salad:

2 handfuls of rucola

4-5 strawberries

1 tbs of chopped walnuts

1 tbs of chopped almonds

For the dressing:

1 tbs of maple syrup

1 tbs of balsamic vinegar

2 tbs of olive oil



Put the handful of rucola on a plate and chop the strawberries in half. Add them to the rucola, together with the walnuts and almonds. Prepare the dressing by first adding the balsamic vinegar to the maple syrup. Mix by hand (with the same spoon) in a bowl. Add the olive oil. Pour on your salad and serve. Now fix the next plate and enjoy together with the people you love! This salad is best prepared on a plate, rather than in a salad bowl, otherwise the nuts will just sink to the bottom of the bowl with the dressing.

Speaking of the dressing I should warn you about something. Make sure you don’t stain yourself, or spill it on the carpet. My husband and I love this salad and often prepare it for lunch, or dinner, but the other day as we were watching the WC games, my husband decided to mix the dressing in front of the TV. It was then he thought there was a bread crumb floating in the dressing. In his attempts to remove it, he spilled the contents on our black and white carpet. You don’t even have to be an expert in cleaning to know that balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and olive oil are a pain to clean, especially in combination. For starters, the vinegar has a dark colour difficult to get rid of, the maple syrup will make the stain thick and sticky and the olive oil will give it a particular shine! Thank God, I have carpet saviours for friends. The dressing is divine and the salad is a treat for your taste buds, but your carpets and upholstery won’t appreciate it as much as you will!


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Photo: Lana Jane Fox

Lana Jane Fox is a young, aspiring housewife, who wants to debunk the "Desperate Housewives myth." At present her primary job is to be a good wife and a helpmeet to Stephen and only after that she describes herself as a freelancer, blogger and a marketing executive. In her free time Lana runs a blog, inspired by her own experiences as a young housewife. When she is not knitting, cleaning, organizing, or experimenting with DIY projects, Lana is planning her next road trip, or is curled up with a good book. She dreams of having a baby boy, a Welsh Corgi dog and a garden where she can grow her organic food. Follow Lana on Pinterest @lanajanefox.


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