This Bacon, Apple, Walnut & Arugula Salad is perfect anytime of the year
This salad is delicious, healthy and so easy to throw together in a flash. You can omit the bacon if you’re a vegetarian, or substitute vegetarian bacon. Adding chicken or turkey to this salad can convert it to more of a main dish if you desire more meat. And this Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette comes together faster than you could go to the store to buy one, plus it isn’t full of chemicals or preservatives.
What’s a salad without something green?
Arugula just has this nice peppery flavor that I love. I could graze on it like a cow and without any dressing or anything. I know, I know… Pepé thinks I’m weird too. It is also a lot healthier then head lettuce (ice burg), and with all the E-coli problems that Romaine lettuce keeps incurring, I’m not sure if I can buy Romain ever again. Spring mix would be another nice option, or maybe a spinache and arugula blend. Either way, this is a simple, healthy and delicious salad for anytime of the year.
Don’t forget the celery
Have you tried celery in a salad? OMG… I love it. Why are people not putting celery in more salads? It has such awesome crunch and just adds to the many delicious layers and textures of this salad.
Cook bacon in advance and without all the mess
I cook several pounds at a time and store it in a bag in the freezer. It’s very convenient to just pull out a piece or two when you need it for things like this salad or my BLT Salad for a super quick dinner. It’s also great for a soup garnish, camping, breakfast sandwiches or if you’re like my husband… he will eat it right out of the freezer. Sometimes I hide it. LOL
Soup and Salad is always a nice combo
Shown here with my Lighter & Healthier Cauliflower Soup. Note that the common theme here is BACON. 🙂
Here are some other soups you might like
Bacon, Apple, Walnut & Arugula Salad
- 1 1/2 Ounces Arugala
- 1 1/2 Ounces Manchego Cheese (or your favorite cheese)
- 1/2 Cup Celery (chopped)
- 1/4 Cup Red Onion (sliced)
- 4 Slices Cooked Chopped Bacon (see my note about cooking bacon in advance and all at once)
- 1/2 Cup Gala or Fuji Apple (chopped)
- 1/2 Cup Walnuts
- 2-3 Tablespoons Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette (recipe to follow)
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl, drizzle with dressing and toss. Or, nicely arrange 1/2 of each of the ingredients in two separate bowls and drizzle with dressing for a prettier presentation.
Easy Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 2/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/3 Cup Olive Oil (or Canola - see note below)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Herbs de Provence (or herb blend of choice – basil will work too)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- Combine all ingredients except for the oil, then gradually wisk the oil in until thoroughly incorporated.
- Transfer to a small sealed jar or bottle to store. For you science geeks out there, the pH level is 3.04, so it's safe to keep on the counter, but feel free to store in the refrigerator.