Shannon's Summer Salad: Arugula, Grapefruit & Avocado
By Shannon O'Donnell
Doesn't it seem that over the last decade, our creativity with salads has jumped by leaps and bounds? Whereas the formerly boring lettuce-based side dish used to be perked up with the addition of a few tomatoes or carrots, nowadays fancy candied nuts, crumbled cheeses and exotic fruits pair with a growing variety of leafy greens.
This salad features all of these more 'modern' ingredients...very fresh, tasty and healthy! And perfect on a warm August eve.
Shannon's Summer Salad
8-10 ounces (a nice serving bowl-full) pre-packed organic arugula (or other 'fancy' lettuce)
1 grapefruit, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped
1/2 red onion, julienned
4 oz crumbled chevre (goat cheese)
4 oz candied walnuts (like Emerald brand)
Dressing to taste...I like Girard's Champagne Dressing
Toss and serve with crusty artisan bread and some light white wine. Dine al freso if possible! ;)
When she's not forecasting, Shannon O'Donnell enjoys putting together tasty, season-appropriate meals and goodies for her friends and family.