Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Arugula & watermelon salad

Sally S. says this salad from nutrition expert Jean Carper is easy and delicious and we can all vouch for the delicious part! Lucky us, Sally is widening our greenery horizons -- this was my first experience with peppery arugula. Wonderful! I can never hear the word "arugula" without remembering Steve Martin in My Blue Heaven saying, "Arugula! It's a VEG-A-TA-BULL."

Arugula and Watermelon Salad (Jean Carper)
1 package arugula (Kroger’s carries it pre-packaged, one pkg will serve six)
2-3 cups watermelon chunks
4 – 6 oz. goat cheese
1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Rinse and dry arugula. Chill
  • Cut up about 2-3 cups of watermelon. Set aside until ready to put salad together.
  • Bring 1 cup of balsamic vinegar to boil, boil gently about five minutes until reduced by half, should be syrupy.
  • When ready to serve mix together the arugula and watermelon chunks in a large bowl.
  • Pour 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar reduction over salad. Add crumbled goat cheese on top. (If the vinegar is poured over the goat cheese, it turns brown—not so appetizing, so put cheese on top.
  • Pass extra vinegar in a small pitcher when serving salad.

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