Apple Berry Arugula Salad With Maple Lemon Vinaigrette

Crisp sliced fuji apple, with fresh strawberries, english cucumber, savory gorgonzola, toasted slivered almonds, on top of a bed of wild arugula with a homemade maple-lemon vinaigrette!

Say hello to your new favorite spring side salad! (or add some protein on top and make it a meal) Fun fact: salads are one healthy dish I actually crave daily. However, it’s easy to turn salad into a not so healthy meal by using certain salad dressings. Always check the ingredients and nutrition label, a lot of times store bought salad dressing are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. No good!

I used to think making your own salad dressing would be a waste of time, but it turns out it takes about a minute and it’s a lot cheaper – I always have the ingredients to make a few of my favorite dressings.

For this maple lemon vinaigrette all you need is half a lemon, maple syrup, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper – easy enough!

This salad is a great side for dinner or a light lunch! Also, a perfect dish to bring to a party or barbecue -just make a lot more obviously 😉

Apple Berry Arugula Salad With Maple Lemon Vinaigrette

Servings 3 as a side

Ingredients

Salad

  • 5 oz wild arugula I used about half a bag from Trader Joe's
  • 1 fuji apple - or apple of choice thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 5-6 strawberries sliced and halved
  • 1/3 english cucumber sliced and halved
  • 1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese optional but recommended
  • 3 tbsp slivered almonds I get the dry toasted ones from Trader Joe's

Maple Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 a lemon juiced
  • 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients. 

  2. Squeeze 1 tsp lemon juice over sliced apples. 

  3. Assemble your salad by combining arugula, apple, strawberries, cucumber, gorgonzola, and slivered almonds. Drizzle desired amount of dressing on top - I used all of it. Enjoy!

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