The Last Day of June

Sunday, June 30, 2013

It’s a short post today.  Here in Canada, we’re enjoying a long weekend to commemorate Canada Day.  The weather is gorgeous, and you’re probably assuming it’s a short post because I want to spend my whole day outside.

In fact, I hope to spend part of my day outside, but right now I’m in the house getting my youngest daughter packed for camp.  And my husband has joined me inside, as he’s watching the 2013 NHL Draft unfold on TV.  Because we are Canadian, and that’s apparently what we do on the last day of June.

So I’ll gift you today with an easy, delicious, salad recipe.  It takes no time to make, and you can use that saved time to do whatever you like – whether it’s relax outside, pack for camp, or watch a hockey draft.

Arugula with Sheep's Milk Cheese and Honey Vinaigrette
(adapted from Dorie Greenspan)

2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp honey
5 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

9 cups baby arugula (or other mixed greens)
1 3/4 cups 1/2-inch cubes of sheep's milk cheese (e.g. Ossau-Iraty)
1/2 cup dried tart cherries
1/2 cup candied pecans (recipe below)

Whisk together vinegar and mustard in a small bowl, then whisk in honey.  Gradually whisk in oil, and season to taste with salt. (Can be made up to 3 days in advance; cover and store in fridge.)

Place greens, cheese,  cherries and candied pecans in a large bowl.  Add vinaigrette and toss.  

(To make candied pecans, combine 1/2 cup pecans with 1/2 tsp olive oil in a small plastic bag. Shake until coated.  Add 1/2 Tbsp sugar and shake until evenly coated.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes until toasted, then let cool.)

27 comments:

Patty Price said...

Hi Beth! This is my kind of recipe with arugula, I have tons in my garden right now! I also picked up a piece of sheep's milk cheese at the farmer's market yesterday- I think I have all the ingredients so I'm in business to try your salad;-) My family is glued to the TV for the NFL draft so I have a good idea what is going on in your house for the NHL draft,lol ;)

Anna and Liz Recipes said...

Hi Beth, I just stumbled upon your site, love the salad! We are glued to our TV's for the world cup soccer today!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Happy Canada Day! Lovely salad - arugula is such a great green. This is totally delish - thanks.

Liz Berg said...

I have only recently discovered how much I love arugula...and with cheese, cherries and candied pecans added make for an incredible salad! I'm shocked my boys are not watching the NHL draft. They were glued to the TV for the Stanley Cup!

bakewithjill.com said...

This combination of the cheese and candied pecans sounds delicious. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Valerie said...

Happy beautiful Canada Day! This salad is a lovey way to close out the month of June. :)

Julie said...

Hope you had a wonderful Canada Day! It was a beautiful day here! Love this salad, perfect salad season!!!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Hope you're enjoying your long weekend! This salad sounds wonderful. I have just discovered how much I love sheep's milk cheese, since a local-ish sheep dairy began selling at our farmer's market. :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Happy Canada Day! And thanks for the awesome salad recipe. It looks delicious. Hope your youngest has fun at camp.

Liz Berg said...

PS...my mom was the English major, my dad was a Physics professor :) I love that you know about the Writers' Workshop at the U of Iowa (my alma mater). My parents both taught at ISU...the other state university. More than you probably cared to know...LOL

Joanne said...

Salad has definitely been on the menu a lot lately because it's just too hot to eat anything else! This sounds delicious!

Gloria Baker said...

I love this salad Beth!

yummychunklet said...

Delicious little salad!

Bonnie said...

As always...yummy!

Guru Uru said...

This salad looks so delicious, I love the fresh ingredients :D

Cheers
CCU

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'm not big on salads (though I'm big on veggies), but that one looks great, Beth. *pats growling stomach*

Juliana Levine said...

I love arugula with candied pecans...next time I must add some sheep milk cheese...looks delicious Beth.
Have a great week ahead :D

Kathy said...

I love the peppery taste of arugula! I planted a whole row of this wonderful green in my garden. Your salad looks delectable…such great fresh ingredients!

Amy said...

What a gorgeous and simple salad. I truly adore Arugula! I agree with you, weather is so nice it's best to spend time outdoor. Enjoy! ;)

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Looks like a lovely little recipe, Beth - hope you enjoyed Canada Day!

grace said...

this is a simple salad to be sure, but it includes everything it needs to include in order to be delicious and satisfying!

Katerina said...

Salads are the perfect meals during summer!
light and full of vitamins and fibers!

Claire Davis said...

Hope you had a happy Canada day! I love arugula, looks so good.

I Wilkerson said...

This looks similar to a salad a local restaurant does--which we absolutely love! Happy Canada Day (late)!

Barbara said...

Simple salads are exactly what we need during summer busy times. The flavors here are perfect. Hope your daughter gets off to camp in fine order!

Jemi Fraser said...

We had the draft on here too, so you're not alone! I love quick summer salads - so yummy!

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gorgeous salad,but simple to make especially when you have to make it quick,flavors come out lovely every time we have tried them,thanks for sharing
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