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Monday, October 6, 2014

Arugula Salad with Dates, Apples, and Walnuts

Arugula Salad with Dates, Apples, and Walnuts | The Sweets Life
Arugula Salad with Dates, Apples, and Walnuts 
Football season is well underway, which means we're having weekly gatherings with family and friends to huddle around the TV and watch the Packers (remember when I made the Packers Snackadium?!). Every football-watching party requires food, and good food is a requirement. After all, what better way to celebrate a hard-earned win (or a disappointing loss...) than with something that tastes good?! Depending on what time the game is, we either stick to appetizers or go for a full-blown meal. Dinner was on the menu for the first game of the season, an evening game, so my sister made our favorite Italian Beef sandwiches in the slow cooker and I contributed this salad.
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Aldi, my favorite grocery store, has started carrying packages of arugula and so I've been using it as the base for most of my salads lately. Chopped dates provide sweetness instead of the more typical raisins or craisins, and sliced apples, feta, and caramelized walnuts round it out. We loved the way the peppery arugula matched with the tangy vinaigrette, and my friend Sarah begged me to get this recipe on the blog ASAP (sorry it took so long, Sarah!). Football fan or not, make this to accompany just about any meal!

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Arugula Salad with Dates, Apples, and Walnuts

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-1/2 cup olive oil
-1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
-12 cups arugula
-2 apples, thinly sliced
-8 oz. feta
-3/4 cup pitted, chopped dates
-1 cup walnuts, chopped
-1 tbsp butter
-2 tbsp granulated sugar

1. First, make the caramelized walnuts. Heat butter in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat, adding the walnuts and sugar as butter begins to melt. Stir constantly for a few minutes, until sugar melts and nuts are coated. Remove nuts from heat and set aside to cool.
2. To make the salad, whisk olive oil with balsamic and season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl combine arugula, apples, feta, dates, and caramelized walnuts. Toss with vinaigrette and serve immediately.