8.26.2010

arugula apple goat cheese and toasted pecan salad...and a winner!

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I thought I'd better hurry up and post this wonderful salad before it completely slipped my mind. I'm sure I have mentioned it before here, but if not...I am crazy mad for arugula! I love the spicy, slightly bitter taste. I love the shape of the leaves and the texture. I think it's just terrific for food photos too.

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I still had a bottle of Apple Poppyseed dressing left over from my Girard's giveaway and I had an apple sitting on my counter...my mind's wheels started to turn. I thought if I picked up some goat cheese and toasted pecans I'd have myself one sweet little salad.

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I found some sweet and spicy toasted pecans at Trader Joe's. Boy, are they ever tasty! I love the way this salad turned out. -Fresh and crisp with just a touch of sweetness and spice. Perfect!

Arugula Apple Goat Cheese and Toasted Pecan Salad
by theUngourmet

7 oz bag of arugula
1 large apple, cored and diced
4-6 oz crumbled goat cheese
1 cup toasted pecans
Girard's Apple Poppy Seed dressing
poppy seeds for garnish

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Garnish with poppy seeds. Serve immediately.

Print recipe

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I also wanted to announce that the handy dandy Random Generator chose Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy as the lucky winner of the Picture Me Cooking cookbook. Congrats Kelsey!




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40 comments:

Susan said...

This salad would find a most comfortable spot near my plate!!

Joanne said...

I have to say, I'm an arugula fanatic as well! What an awesome salad. Apple and goat cheese pair so wonderfully together.

Kim said...

You put together a knock out salad. I like the way you think for sure:) I love arugula too and would love to have more of it, but it isn't always available at my local market (boo!).

bellini valli said...

Your salad sounds perfect for fall days coming up sooner than expected Kim!

A Joyful Chaos said...

Looks so yummy! Love coming to your blog for cooking inspiration.

Jenn said...

I haven't tried the apple poppyseed yet. I'm still finishing up the other dressings I got. Salad look really good right about now especially in this heat.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Delicious! That salad is gorgeous. Poppy seed dressing is my favorite- I bet the apple is good with it. Thanks!

Abby said...

It looks amazing, too!

Claudia said...

I love, heart, adore arugula - the smell of it when picked makes me swoon. the salad is indeed gorgeouos - congrats to the winner and yes, the salad is a winner!

Velva said...

I love arugula too. This salad looks fabulous.

Monet said...

I think the poppy seeds add a winning touch! I don't know what I like more...the cheese, the apples or the pecans...all stellar ingredients!

Samantha @ The Savvy Soybean said...

ooh this looks yummy! I love the combo of goat cheese and juicy apple slices.. I'm craving this right now!!

Jeannie said...

I am not a salad person, but this looks good and with apple and cheese in it, I would say, I'd love some!

tasteofbeirut said...

I love arugula too! It is a popular green over here and luckily we also grow it! that salad with the pecans and goat cheese is a keeper.

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

Arugula is the only salad I tolerate because it has its own distinct flavor. I bet it pairs up well with apples and goat cheese.

citymouse said...

This looks awesome (and I love your plate too). I think you've paired up a lot of nice flavors here.

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titi said...

succulent ...
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Cathy said...

I love all the flavors in this yummy salad. Arugula is my fav as well.

TKW said...

You had me at goat cheese, but then you really got me with the spicy/sweet pecans. Those things are addictive goodness!

Jamie said...

Wow that is a great combo of flavors and textures. Now I'm rethinking that pizza I was gonna have tonight. This looks so much better.

teresa said...

isn't arugula the best! i've just barely been getting to know it myself, and i can't get enough. this salad is just gorgeous, i could see myself eating this everyday for weeks, as i tend to do!

Randi Troxell said...

this looks rather interesting.. i would love to give it a whirl!

have a lovely wkend!!!!!!

Kristin said...

Goat cheese gets me every time. YUM!

The Blonde Duck said...

There's nothing like a good salad!

5 Star Foodie said...

apples and goat cheese and pecans - yum!

Emily said...

Oh wow, this salad looks utterly delicious! I LOVE goat cheese!

the twins said...

this looks delicious! i have been craving a salad with fruit and cheese so much lately, its just perfect for the summer.

jacqueline said...

This salad is sooo refreshing!! I have a huge crush for arugula too! Love this recipe lots! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

koralee said...

You do it to me everytime I visit! It is only 7am and I want to rush to the kitchen and make this for breakfast...yum.

Thanks again my friend. xoxoxo

Jessica said...

Yum. This salad looks fabulous. I love the combo!

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Chef Dennis said...

now this is a wonderful salad, goat cheese and pecans, you got me hooked! arugula does add such a nice flavor too....great combination!

Magic of Spice said...

All of my favorites...great combinations and flavors :)

Stella said...

Ooh, arugula salad is so delicious, Kim. Plus, your combination of apples, goat cheese, and pecans sounds extra wonderful-so Autumn like (smile). By the way, did you know that arugula is in the cabbage family (broccoli, cabbage, etc) not the leafy green family? It's considered a super food like broccoli;)
Congrats to Kelsey too-that's fun!

Adelina said...

wow- what a site- it does look irresistible indeed, and I bet it is tasty too!

Angie's Recipes said...

Arugula is my favourite salad! This one looks just perfect with toasted pecan and goat cheese!

Megan said...

I love arugula too. The greens look especially gorgeous dotted with poppy seeds.

clearlytangled said...

i am also a big fan of arugula... and goat cheese... and apples... oh, and pecans.... so this is a perfect salad for me!

Natalie said...

I love EVERYTHING about this salad---bookmarking it! Thank you!

BarbaraJean said...

Remember to try Truvia... it is truly good!

Foodessa said...

Excellent salad...especially with the blend of goat cheese.

Your photo capture is spot on ;o)

Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

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