(Updated and added to Recipe Favorites, February 2010.) This is a recipe from 2006 that's so simple it's almost an oxymoron to call it a recipe. I'm a huge fan of those bags of mini peppers from Costco, and this salad is one of my favorite ways to use them. Even though it's dead easy to make, this combination is so delicious, with the sharp flavor of the arugula providing the perfect balance for the sweet taste of the mini peppers, that it really deserves to become a Recipe Favorite on the blog.
The perfect emphasis for the combo of sweet mini peppers and arugula is Mary's Perfect Salad Dressing, which I've written about numerous times. It was perfected by my gorgeous friend Mary, who went to high school with me a *few* years ago.
I love to buy these bags of sweet red, yellow, and orange peppers at Costco.
Cut off the end, cut out the seeds, and then cut the peppers into rings about 1/4 inch thick.
If your arugula has been hanging out in the fridge for a few days, give it a good soak in ice-cold water to make it a little crispier, then spin dry in the salad spinner. Otherwise, packaged arugula doesn't need to be washed. (And if you're lucky enough to have arugula in your garden, then pay your dues and wash it well!)
Toss arugula with the olive oil, then squeeze on the lime juice and the tiniest amount of red wine vinegar, and toss again.
Add the mini peppers, season salad with salt and fresh ground black pepper and toss again a few times so ingredients are well-combined, then serve.
Arugula and Sweet Mini Pepper Salad
(Makes 1 large or 2 small servings, recipe created by Kalyn.)
2-3 cups baby arugula (I buy the pre-washed kind, but wash if needed)
6-8 sweet mini peppers - package says "piment doux"
(preferably mixture of red, yellow and orange)
Mary's Perfect Salad Dressing - Ingredients for 1 serving:
1 - 1 1/2 T best quality olive oil, enough to coat greens
(Be sure the olive oil says Extra Virgin and First Cold Pressed on the label if you want the best flavor.)
Juice of 1/2 lime, about 1-2 tsp.
(or use lemon juice, but the lime is really great)
About 4 drops of red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Put washed arugula in a bowl. Trim peppers on both ends, and use a small paring knife to cut out the seeds. (There are not many seeds in these sweet mini peppers.) Cut peppers into rings.
Toss arugula with olive oil, the drizzle on lime juice and red wine vinegar, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and toss again. Arrange pepper rings over arugula and enjoy!
South Beach Suggestions:
This is a perfect recipe for the South Beach Diet. You could serve this with something like Greek Meatballs, Hungarian Pot Roast with Sour Cream-Paprika Gravy, or Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu.
More Tasty Salads with Arugula:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Raw Summer Squash Salad with Arugula, Feta, and Herbs from Kalyn's Kitchen
Arugula and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar from Kalyn's Kitchen
Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette from Kalyn's Kitchen
Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing from Good Things Catered
Orange Arugula Salad from Elana's Pantry
Arugula and Apple Salad from 80 Breakfasts
Brown Rice, Butternut Squash, and Arugula Salad from Enlightened Cooking
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