Thursday, June 12, 2014

Arugula & grape salad ♥

Today I would like to share with you one of my favorite summer salads.  I posted this picture on Instagram the other day.  I was surprised to hear how many people love arugula!
 
 
 
 
 
Arugula wasn't something that I grew up eating.  In my house we always had our salads with iceberg lettuce (which I love!).  The first time I ever had this salad I was in my 20's.  It was a hot August afternoon at my husband's grandparent's house. They were celebrating a special festival day in Italy and it was a big family affair. We were all eating outside. There was music, bocce, pasta, grilled chicken, homemade pizza, wine (oh, was there wine!) and this salad! It was a fun day! The kind you think back on and smile ♥
 
You know how there are just some things that stick out in your mind? Well there are two things that I distinctly remember about that day. #1 I discovered I'm a terrible bocce player and #2 I fell in love with arugula!
 
I also had never had grapes in a salad before. Grapes? Really? Let me tell you....it's so good! The sweetness of the grapes balance the peppery flavor of the arugula.  It's so delicious and perfect for summertime!
 
 
Start with arugula....

 
Dress it with a little olive oil, salt & pepper.
 
 
Then add a handful of red grapes.
 

Toss together and enjoy! That's it!
 
 
The other night I served it with BBQ chicken, potatoes, and corn.  It was the perfect addition!
 
 
 
The next night I added a can of white beans to the salad and topped a pizza with it.  It was delicious!
 
Arugula also makes me feel like I'm eating something super fancy, but in fact, I'm not.  It's just good and that's all you need to know : )
 



I'll be back soon with my summer bucket list.  Have you made yours yet???? It's time!
 
Bye! xo

3 comments:

  1. Looks like a yummy salad, Danielle and I know I would love it with the grapes!

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  2. I have never put grapes in salad but since I love savory/sweet I'll try it! Yum!

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  3. I absolutely love arugula! I only discovered it a couple years ago when my husband planted it in our vegetable garden along with the regular leaf lettuce he planted. Well, let me tell you, it was love at first bite. There is something about that peppery taste that I love. Your addition of red grapes sounds like it would compliment the arugula very well. I am definitely going to try this. Thanks!! :)

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