Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sara's Simple Arugula Salad

This was a recipe I found in Drafts that was supposed to be posted ages ago! My friend Sara came to visit me last November and made this amazing salad that I wanted to share with you. It's a simple salad, made in the old fashioned way with the dressing on the bottom that you toss into the other ingredients, but the combination was really delicious and I've even made it several times since. So, it's finally time to bring this one to light. The main ingredients are Arugula, Toasted Walnuts, Mushrooms, Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, Minced Garlic and Salt - that's it. But, it turns out to have a much bigger flavor profile and the different textures are wonderful. It came together so effortlessly so if you have these ingredients on hand, try this salad - I think you will love it too!

Sara's Simple Arugula Salad

3 cups Arugula, washed and dried in a Salad Spinner
1 cup Button Mushrooms, washed, dried, stem trimmed and cut into thin slices
1/2 cup Walnuts, toasted lightly in a frying pan
3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon Salt

In a large Salad Bowl, pour in the Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar and Salt and stir with a fork to combine. Put in Arugula, Mushrooms and using Salad Tongs, toss the Salad until the Arugula and Mushrooms are coated thoroughly. Sprinkle on the Walnuts and serve.

Five Element Analysis

Arugula as a leafy green is partly from the Wood Element, but because of it's bitter flavor also belongs to the Fire Element too. The Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar bring in even more of the Wood Element. The Walnuts contribute the Water Element and the Mushrooms bring in the Earth Element and the Metal Element can be found by the addition of the Garlic. This then, is a balanced little Salad!

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