One of the first greens to show up in our fall CSA boxes is arugula. Tender leaves, a bit peppery, grace our boxes, a respite from all the other summer produce I've long grown tired of.
I have two favorite websites to get recipes from these days (in addition to pinterest of course). Farmhouse Delivery and The Year in Food never cease to awe and inspire me. Farmhouse Delivery is a local blog based off of seasonal eating, so I don't have to search in summer recipes for our October produce. A Year in Food just is beautiful. Beautiful.
While this recipe originally was a warm chicken salad, I transformed it to a warm arugula salad when I discovered the chicken I had reheated for the salad was extremely freezer-burnt and I couldn't stand to eat it. (True story). Next time, I plan on trying this again with chicken, but preferably chicken that hasn't been frozen yet....maybe a nice leftover chicken recipe for a roasted or rotisserie chicken. If you want to leave out the chicken to make this vegetarian, you can. You'll just have a nice, not-warm arugula apple salad instead.
I didn't serve this to the kids. Curtis and I polished this off nicely for a Saturday lunch all by ourselves.
This serves 2 as a main dish.
Warm Arugula Chicken Salad
from Farmhouse Table (Farmhouse Delivery)
leftover roast chicken, wrapped in foil and re-warmed at 350 (save juices and drippings) (optional)
1/2 bunch arugula, washed carefully, stems removed, and torn
1 apple, sliced as thinly as possible
2 -3 sweet peppers slivered (if you have other sweet peppers besides bell, definitely use those!)
2 T pine nuts, toasted
1 T rosemary, minced
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 T sherry vinegar
1 T whole grain mustard
1/2 c olive oil
Combine warm chicken (if using), arugula, apple, sweet peppers, and pine nuts in a large salad bowl or serving platter. Place rosemary, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard and olive oil in a small glass jar and shake vigorously until oil appears to be mixed in. Add the saved chicken juices/drippings (if using), and continue to shake. Add half the dressing to the salad and toss well to combine. Serve the reminder of dressing on the side (in case someone wants more dressing).