Here’s a tip – if anyone invites you to dinner and asks you to prepare a salad, you say “yes” and never look back.
Why? Because salads are one of the easiest items to bring to a dinner party. I usually go for appetizers or desserts because they feel creative and fun. Ends up a salad can be just as gratifying to prepare. As decadently fun to eat as this? Don’t be ridiculous.
I over bought on peaches and pecans for this recipe, which meant I made peach pecan muffins after. Look for that blog post, coming next week.
And thanks to Real Simple, this recipe was easy and delicious.
Arugula, Peach and Cheddar Salad, c/o Real Simple
1/4 C pecans
3 TBSP olive oil
1 1/2 TBSP red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp dijon mustard1/2 tsp honey
kosher salt and black pepper
2 bunches arugula, rinsed
1 1/2 peaches (I increased this from the original recipe), sliced
2 oz sharp Cheddar cheese, cut into chunks
Preheat oven to 350. Sprinkle pecans onto baking sheet (with a lip) and bake for 4-5 minutes, or until nicely toasted. Allow to cool, then coarsely chop.
Mix together olive oil, vinegar, Dijon, honey, salt and pepper.
In a bowl, add arugula, peaches, pecans, and cheese. Dress with dressing and serve.
I took this salad to our friends’ home, which is about 30 minutes away. I put the salad into a serving dish, then packaged all the ingredients in their own Tupperware, to keep everything from becoming soft or wilted. Right before dinner was served, I quickly tossed the salad together.