Blueberry, Arugula, and Toasted Walnut Salad is drizzled with a balsamic orange dressing and is the winner in the most refreshing summer salad category!
Can we just take a moment to stop and talk about a show that everyone else finished 2 years ago and we just started again last month? Well, we watched the first season and a half in college but then tests and finals and just being completely overwhelmed all the time happened and we kinda stopped watching. But, now that we don’t have Netflix, Amazon Prime is our only outlet for watching a show here and there, and so we started it up again! Downton Abbey!!! Ahhh!
We’re halfway through season 3 right now and it’s just dramatic episode after dramatic episode. No spoilers for those of you who haven’t seen it, but for those of you who have….Sybil. Why? Why??? We watched that episode right before bed the other night and I can’t say it was the best night of sleep I’ve ever had. Ughhhh.
The show is just amazing for so many reasons, but one of my favorite things is how the upstairs and the downstairs will be having the same conversations surrounding the same topics at the same time, but yet everyone’s views and outlooks on life are totally different, so the conversations end so drastically different. It’s so interesting in so many ways and if you never jumped on that train when it was moving full steam ahead, I think you should jump on now! Nothing wrong with a late adopter 😉
I’m always looking for salads with minimal ingredients and I usually will pick a green salad with fruit and nuts over a more savory caesar or greek salad. It’s that sweet tooth winning out even when dealing with things like salads… lol. This salad would be the perfect thing to bring to a friend’s house if you’re tasked with bringing a vegetable and are short on time and ingredients. There are 3 main ingredients: arugula, toasted honeyed walnuts, and blueberries, and the orange vinaigrette which can be whipped up in no time from pantry staples.
If making the honey walnuts seems too intense, Trader Joe’s has some great toasted sweet nut options that would be a perfect substitute. Also, if you’re missing a few of the ingredients for the vinaigrette, any sweet fruity pre-made vinaigrette or even a creamy poppy seed dressing would work just as well!
- Add chopped walnuts to a small skillet over medium high heat and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of honey.
- Stir walnuts until honey has liquified and coated all of the walnuts, and they are starting to sizzle and brown. This will take about 5 minutes.
- Whisk all ingredients for vinaigrette together and set aside.
- In a large bowl, assemble salad by adding arugula, toasted walnuts, and blueberries, and tossing with the vinaigrette.
- Serve immediately!
I don’t recommend making this salad too far in advance as the arugula will start to wilt when combined with the vinaigrette.