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Arugula and Strawberry Salad with Cayenne Lemon Vinaigrette

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 arugula and strawberry salad with cayenne lemon vinigrette

 arugula and strawberry salad with cayenne lemon vinigrette

 arugula and strawberry salad with cayenne lemon vinigrette

Do I really open a blog post by talking about the weather? How cliche. But I think we can all agree that weather affects mood. It certainly affects mine. This past week we’ve had some blazing hot days – quite unusual for May. I have no room to complain though, as winter was long here and lingered on. It felt good to be outside, laying in the grass, searching for four leaf clovers and almost expecting the chorus cicadas to begin their song. But it’s too soon.

When it’s impossibly hot and out of character for the time of year, I try to match my food to the weather. Simmering meatballs for 3 hours on a 94 degree day, not so good. A nice refreshing salad with lots of greens and fruit – a very good idea. I used whatever fruit I had on hand, a nice handful of arugula and made a very simple dressing to go along with it. 

More than a salad

Once upon a time, a salad for me was defined by iceberg lettuce, ranch dressing and an almost sickening amount of croutons. Sounds alright though and I really did enjoy it. It was more like bread and sour cream and some greens, but that’s beside the point. As the years passed, I opened up to the idea of using ingredients that one wouldn’t necessarily expect to show up in a salad, such as strawberries.

Strawberries in salad?

With strawberry season quickly approaching, I decided to create a salad that uses plenty of them. After all, strawberries are most luscious, juicy and flavorful when in season. In addition to strawberries this salad is loaded with blueberries, mango and avocado. A sprinkle of crunchy walnuts and a drizzle of cayenne lemon vinaigrette, over peppery arugula, is a warm day’s companion. Don’t get me wrong, you could absolutely eat this in the dead of winter, but there’s something about matching a sticky hot day to a cooling salad. It’s also a breeze to throw together, it’s vegan, paleo and if you skip the honey, whole 30 as well. 

Mix and match

You can also use whatever baby lettuces you like best or even spinach. And if strawberries are not your thing, you can use another berry or skip them all together and mix it up however you see fit.

 arugula and strawberry salad with cayenne lemon vinigrette

 arugula and strawberry salad with cayenne lemon vinigrette

 arugula and strawberry salad with cayenne lemon vinigrette


arugula and strawberry salad with cayenne lemon vinaigrette 

  • Prep time: 5 minutes

  • Cooking time: none

  • Serves 2

Ingredients: 

Salad:

  • 2 cups arugula, baby spinach or greens of your choice

  • 1/4 cup blueberries

  • 2 tbsp cubed mango

  • 3-4 strawberries, sliced

  • 1/2 avocado

  • toasted walnuts

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • pinch salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 tsp honey (skip for whole 30)

  • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper

  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Equipment

  • tongs

  • small mixing bowl

  • large bowl

Directions:

In a small mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients for dressing and set aside.

Next, assemble all ingredients under salad on plate and sprinkle with walnuts and drizzle with dressing.


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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Shelby
    May 8, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    I love strawberries in salads! And yes, arugula is nice too 😉

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      May 12, 2018 at 10:50 am

      Hahah yes totally!

  • Reply
    Carol Little R.H. @studiobotanica
    May 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    So pretty!! Bet this is both cooling and delicious! Love the cayenne in the vinaigrette. Will try this just to see how the heat pairs with the peppery arugula! Thanks for the ideas as always Daniela!
    by the way.. be happy you have had a heatwave in May — We are still looking for Spring.. which may appear today.. finally — just a month or 2 late!!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      May 12, 2018 at 10:50 am

      Oh that’s terrible Carol! I hope you can experience some nice warm days soon!

  • Reply
    Teresa
    May 8, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    I love all of your pictures! So colorful! I’m sure this salad has a little kick with the cayenne pepper. It looks yummy.

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      May 12, 2018 at 10:49 am

      Thank you so much, Teresa! It’s quite refreshing and invigorating with the kick heh

  • Reply
    Raia
    May 8, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    I love all the fruit on that salad! So yummy and perfect for hot days. 🙂

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      May 12, 2018 at 10:49 am

      Raia, totally with you – I think the same!

  • Reply
    Cathy
    May 8, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    I, too, think winter seemed much to long this year! I look forward to our first crop of local strawberries!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      May 12, 2018 at 10:49 am

      Wayyy long, Cathy! I’m grateful for spring!

  • Reply
    Tessa Simpson
    May 9, 2018 at 3:08 am

    This looks almost like a dessert, what a beautiful combo! Pinning this gorgeous salad!

    • Reply
      Daniela Modesto
      May 12, 2018 at 10:48 am

      Thank you so much, Tessa! 🙂

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    May 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Stunning! So beautiful, and mango is my favorite fruit!

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