I'm quickly realizing that the key to a delicious summertime dinner salad is a harmonious combination of cheese, fruit, and nuts. I've posted several different variations already, and today's feature is no different. For this one, I really just simplified a Vegetarian times recipe by deconstructing the delivery of the goat cheese. If you're trying to impress your fellow diner, by all means, please go through the trouble of grinding up the walnuts and rolling tiny spheres of cheese in them. However, if you're eating with someone you're totally comfortable with and who won't mind you taking the easy route (hooray for marriage!), then take the steps I've listed below.
- 1/4 cup walnut halves
- 5 oz baby arugula
- balsamic vinaigrette (homemade or bottled)
- 1 medium peach, sliced into thin wedges
- 2 oz soft goat cheese, crumbled
- Toast the walnuts in a skillet over medium heat until they're fragrant and slightly darker. Allow them to cool, and then roughly chop them.
- Meanwhile, place the arugula in a large bowl and pour some dressing over the leaves. Toss to coat. (Remember that you can always add more dressing if you need it, but you can't take it away once it's there!)
- Divide the arugula between two plates. Top each plate with half the walnuts, peach slices, and goat cheese. Serve immediately.