It takes a village to make a salad. Well, it takes my village to make this salad: raspberries and blueberries from Bob and Charlotte, goat cheese from Christine (a cheesemaker-in-training), baby arugula from a farmstand up the road, all brought together by a simple poppy seed dressing from ingredients I always have in the pantry. One taste of this salad, and you'll want to move to my town and meet my friends, or at least get their addresses so you can collect the ingredients. Poppy seed dressings often contain onion (this one doesn't) and mustard (this one doesn't), and a little bit of sugar (this one does). I make mine just slightly sweet, a perfect counterpoint that doesn't overwhelm the bite of the arugula. Dark leafy greens and antioxidant-rich blueberries pack a powerful nutritional wallop -- a nice bonus in something that tastes so good.
Arugula, berries and goat cheese salad with poppy seed dressing
Makes 1/4 cup of dressing. Salad serves 2; can be multiplied.
For the dressing:
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp poppy seeds
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp fresh black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
For the salad:
2 cups baby arugula
3/4 cup berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a mix
2 oz fresh goat cheese
In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine all ingredients for the dressing. Shake the jar vigorously, until the dressing emulsifies.
In a small mixing bowl, toss the arugula with just enough of the dressing to coat the leaves lightly. Divide into two individual serving bowls. Top each with half of the berries, and half of the goat cheese. Drizzle a small amount of dressing over the top, and serve. (Note: you'll have extra dressing. It will keep in the refrigerator in its mixing jar for up to 1 week.)
More recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
Grilled vegetable and goat cheese puff pastry tart with zucchini, mushrooms, peppers and onions
Goat cheese and basil bruschetta
Poppy seed torte
Watermelon, feta and arugula salad with orange vinaigrette
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Arugula salad with beets and goat cheese, from Simply Recipes
Strawberry goat cheese arugula salad, from Laylita's Recipes
Grilled flatbread with figs, goat cheese, prosciutto and arugula, from Former Chef
Arugula pistachio pesto, from Love and Olive Oil
Lemon blueberry poppy seed muffins, from Joy the Baker
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