fancy schmancy arugula salad

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~ fancy schmancy arugula salad ~

I think arugula is my very favorite salad green. It has a deep, rich taste that pairs perfectly with salads containing cheese or beef. I also LOVE it on my burgers! This salad is delicious and easy to prepare and yet still fancy schmancy enough to serve at a dinner party.

In a big salad bowl, combine:

5 oz. organic arugula leaves

1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

2 cups sweet red or purple grapes

1 asian apple pear, sliced thin

1 cup candied pecans or walnuts, chopped fine

1 Tablespoon poppy seeds

1/2 cup maple balsamic vinaigrette (recipe below)

coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

maple balsamic vinaigrette:

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup honey or real maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon maple extract  (if using honey)

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Combine all in a canning jar, cover tightly and shake well to combine.

Toss with salad.

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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