A super refreshing and gluten free Arugula, Fennel and Pear salad is all you need to for a light and vegetarian lunch. Perfectly paired with candied chile almonds and goat cheese.

Arugula Spinach and Fennel Salad

A super refreshing and gluten free Arugula, Fennel and Pear salad is all you need to for a light and vegetarian lunch. Perfectly paired with candied chile almonds and goat cheese.

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 379 kcal
Author ijustmakesandwiches

Ingredients

Pesto

  • 1 ounce basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons almonds toasted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • To taste salt and pepper

Spiced Nuts

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

Pear Vinaigrette

  • 2 each pears peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup Champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • To taste salt and pepper

Salad

  • 4 ounces arugula and spinach
  • 1/2 bulb fennel thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 1 pear largely shredded

Instructions

Pesto

  1. Toast almonds in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes or until golden brown, let cool. Combine pesto ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until a thick paste forms. Thin with a bit more olive oil until viscous.
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Spiced Nuts

  1. Combine nuts, spices and sugar together with a drizzle of olive oil and toast until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

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Pear Vinaigrette

  1. Boil pears in some water with a splash of lemon juice until soft. Let cool to room temperature.
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  2. In a food processor or blender, combine pears, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Add olive oil in a steady stream with the base spinning at medium speed until all of the oil is added. An emulsified vinaigrette will be creamy and uniformed looking.
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Assembling Salad

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together pesto and fennel until evenly coated.
  2. Add lettuces, some spiced nuts, cheese and 2 tablespoons of vinaigrette to the salad. Toss together and plate.
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  3. Garnish with goat cheese and remainder of the spiced nuts.