Lemony Arugula, Apple, and Manchego Salad
I have my wonderful college best friend, Jenny, to thank for inspiring this recipe. One summer at her apartment in Chicago, she whipped up a flavor bomb salad with ingredients I had never combined before. I ate so much of that salad … so much. I couldn’t get enough of the peppery, tart, sweet, and nutty goodness!
Admittedly, because my husband and I began eating mainly vegan two years ago, I haven’t made this salad since (the cheese really makes it!). But I’m bringing it back and giving myself grace to have some cheese!
So let’s talk arugula. It’s kind of a love-it-or-hate-it type of green. The British call it “rocket salad” instead of arugula; and frankly, that’s so much more fun to say, so I’ll be adopting that terminology from now on!
Arugula actually isn’t part of the lettuce family, but rather, in the cruciferous family like brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower. Arugula fights cancer, protects eye health, improves heart health, aids in weight loss, improves digestion, helps prevents diabetes, and may act as a natural aphrodisiac! So, maybe keep this in your back pocket for an anniversary recipe?
Jenny got me hooked on manchego cheese with this salad, but parmesan works just as well (and it’s easier to find). Manchego is sheep’s milk, whereas parmesan is cow’s milk; and manchego has a more delicate and nutty, less salty flavor than parmesan.
I hope you enjoy getting “globular” (Jenny’s and my word for “full” or “stuffed”) on this flavor bomb salad!
~4 oz. arugula (I prefer baby arugula)
1 sweet and tart apple like honeycrisp
Shredded manchego cheese (parmesan is also a great substitute)
Juice of 2 lemons
4 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
6 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Whisk together dressing ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.
Thinly slice apples (give a squirt of lemon juice over top if not eating right away to prevent browning) and shave or grate manchego.
Toss arugula and apples with dressing and top with the cheese. Enjoy!
Tips and notes
Optional add-ins: Candied walnuts, toasted almonds, chopped dates, fresh chives
If you’re not in the mood to make your own dressing, there is an abundance of delicious lemon vinaigrettes in the produce section of the grocery store.