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salad of arugula and roasted peppers with carrots and cucumbers in a decorative bowl
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Arugula and Roasted Pepper Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

A bright and delicious salad with peppery arugula and sweet bell peppers, dressed with a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette. The perfect side salad for any dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Lisa

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 2 ½ tablespoons Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • ¾ cup jarred roasted bell peppers (red or yellow or both) cut into strips
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 handfuls arugula greens

Instructions

  • Add pine nuts to a cold skillet over medium heat. Stir every 20-30 seconds until you start to see some toasty color on the pine nuts, usually about 3 minutes. Once they begin toasting, stir every 10 seconds until they are lightly browned and smell nutty and toasty. Remove from the pan to a plate or bowl immediately and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Add balsamic vinegar, salt, and Dijon to the bowl you plan to toss the salad in. Whisk until the salt dissolves and the Dijon is fully incorporated. Slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking to form an emulsion, this should take 2-3 minutes. Keep whisking for 20-30 seconds after the emulsion comes together. This will help strengthen the emulsion and keep it from separating.
  • Toss the dressing with the cucumbers and carrots so they marinate for a few minutes.
  • Just before serving, add the arugula, roasted peppers, and feta, and toss with the vinaigrette, cucumbers, and carrots. Top with a few cranks of black pepper and the toasted pine nuts (I leave the pine nuts on the top so they don’t get lost on the bottom of the bowl).

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 506mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5787IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg