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Friday, May 11, 2012

Arugula Salad with Mango, Cashews, and Goat Cheese

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Typically, I spend a lot of time in my kitchen on the weekends. Not only do I try to get ahead on some of the food prep for the week, but I also always seem to have something or another to bake for (and when I don't, let's be honest, I find an excuse to bake!). You would think, then, that spending three, four, sometimes five hours in the kitchen on a Saturday would make it easy to feed myself. False. I have a terrible habit of sneaking tastes of everything along the way, but never actually sitting down to eat a meal.
Take it from me, bite after bite of cookie dough or muffin batter, mixed in with a few bites of chopped vegetables or sourdough pancakes before I stick them in the freezer is not satisfying. I either end up with a major sugar crash or a headache. A few weekends ago, I was determined to avoid this. In the middle of a major cooking/baking session, I took a break and threw together this salad. It was quick, it was easy, and it was oh-so-good. Even better, it kept me satiated while I knocked out a few more hours in the kitchen (let's be honest though, samples still took place!).
I didn't really measure proportions, so the quantities listed below are an estimate and were enough for one person. If you want to serve this as part of a meal, just up the quantities as you see fit!

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Arugula Salad with Mango, Cashews, and Goat Cheese
inspired by Adventures in the Kitchen
*serves 1-2

-2-3 cups arugula
-1 mango, sliced into thin strips
-1/4 cup roasted, halved cashews
-goat cheese (as much as you like!)

for the vinaigrette:
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1-2 tbsp honey
-2 tbsp white wine vinegar
-juice from half an orange
-salt & pepper

1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, honey, white wine vinegar, and orange juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
2. In a separate, larger bowl, add arugula, mango, cashews, and goat cheese. Toss with dressing and eat immediately.