Arugula Salad Recipe with Bitter Orange Vinaigrette
This is such a simple salad. In fact it only contains two ingredients! Feel free to add more though. Slices of red onion, walnut halves, or crumbled feta cheese can all be added to this arugula salad recipe if you like. This makes a refreshing dish for a warm summer evening. Chill the watermelon before you make this, so it is extra crisp. For an indulgent touch, you could drizzle a little tequila over it before using.
When choosing your watermelon, go for the darkest red one you can see (if you can see the inside) because the darker it is the more ripe, and this means it will be more aromatic and sweeter. The best dressing for this arugula salad is the bitter orange vinaigrette recipe listed, although you could use a bottled vinaigrette if you are in a rush.
This dressing features orange peel and bitter orange preserve for a lovely citrus flavor, as well as mustard for a nice tang, and an extra-virgin olive oil and vinegar base, which is typical for vinaigrette. If you are making this salad ahead, then toss the watermelon and arugula together and then keep them for up to a few hours in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Do not add the vinaigrette until just before serving.
- 8 thick slices chilled watermelon
- 1 package fresh arugula,
- ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon grated orange peel
- 1¼ tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon bitter orange preserve
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Chop the watermelon into bite-size chunks.
- Toss the watermelon with the arugula.
- Whisk the Dijon mustard with the red wine vinegar, then drizzle in the oil while you are whisking.
- Stir in the orange peel, orange preserve, salt and black pepper.
- Toss a little of the dressing with the salad and serve the remainder on the side.
This arugula salad recipe is so simple to make. In fact nothing can go wrong because you are just mixing together two ingredients. The vinaigrette is also very simple to make. Serve this salad just as it is, or jazz it up with some chopped walnuts or almonds, a little crumbled feta or some crunchy red onion. Watermelon is very appetizing because of its bright red color, and it contrasts nicely with the arugula too. This is a lovely summer salad recipe, or you could serve it in smaller portions as an appetizer.
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