Strawberry Arugula Salad
One of my favorite ways to enjoy strawberries is in a simple salad with arugula.
Arugula is perfect for hot summer days as its peppery flavor has a natural cooling effect. And, like other leafy greens, arugula is naturally full of water, making it a food that can help you stay hydrated. These great summer ingredients pair up to make a wonderful salad to bring to a picnic, pool party, or barbecue.
Strawberry Arugula Salad Recipe
¾ pound raw arugula
¼ cup olive oil
1 pinch salt & pepper
3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
½ cup roasted walnuts, chopped
Toss the arugula in the olive oil with salt and pepper to taste, and place in serving bowl.
Toss the strawberries in the balsamic vinegar, then spread them on top of the arugula. Pour any remaining vinegar on top of the salad.
Sprinkle feta cheese over the salad.
Sprinkle walnuts on top of the salad too.
The best part of this salad is that it’s not only beautiful and tasty but good for you too! Even the feta cheese has less fat than most cheeses and provides calcium, phosphorus, zinc, and Vitamins B2, B6, and B12.
Strawberries are loaded with fiber, Vitamin C, magnesium, and manganese. The nutrients in strawberries help fight many anti-inflammatory disorders, lower blood pressure, improve the immune system, and build bone structure.
Packed with fiber, antioxidants, and high levels of Vitamins A, C, K, and B9, arugula helps promote good heart health, build strong bones, protect against cognitive decline, and decrease the risk of cancer. All that at only 10 calories for a 2-cup serving!
The most important step in preparing this salad is purchasing high-quality ingredients. Look for bright green crispy arugula leaves, and choose strawberries that are deep red all the way through. In addition, make sure you taste the olive oil and vinegar before you douse your salad in them.