Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Recipe for Arugula and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

Arugula and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.com
This salad with Arugula, Gorgonzola, and Balsamic Vinegar is simple but memorable!

(This recipe was revisited and updated with better photos June 2011.)   The idea for this Arugula and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar started when  I was at Costco and they were doing a demo for crumbled Gorgonzola in a big tub. The price was ridiculously low, under $6.00 for 24 ounces of Gorgonzola, and it tasted wonderful, so I bought some. As soon as I got it home I realized that now I now had to think of lots and lots of things to make with Gorgonzola!  This salad was one of the first things I tried, a simple-but-delicious combination of some of my favorite salad flavors.

This is a recipe where the sum is really more than the parts, but use a good quality balsamic vinegar and organic baby arugula for best results.  If you follow directions I promise you will love this combination (well, unless you're an arugula-hater, and I really can't help you there.)

Put the arugula into a bowl and toss with just enough olive oil to barely coat the leaves.

Then drizzle on the balsamic vinegar and toss again.  Season salad to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.

When I revisited the recipe I had a block of Gorgonzola instead of the tub, so I cut off a chunk and crumbled it.

Put the salad into individual serving bowls and sprinkle with crumbled Gorgonzola.

And here's the original photo of this tasty salad!


Arugula and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar
(Makes 2 servings, recipe created by Kalyn.)

Ingredients:
3 ounces baby arugula (about 3 handfuls)
1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola (or less, to taste)
1 -2 T extra virgin olive oil, or enough to coat arugula
1 T best quality balsamic vinegar (or less, to taste)
salt/fresh ground black pepper

Instructions:
Place arugula in a large bowl (a plastic bowl big enough to toss it in, not the bowl you are serving it in.) Drizzle over a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and toss arugula well, until pieces are well coated with olive oil. (I start with a small amount of olive oil, toss, and then add more if it doesn't seem to coat all the lettuce.)

Drizzle small amount of balsamic vinegar over arugula and toss again. (Again, I start with a small amount, then taste the salad and add more if it needs it.) Season salad with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Arrange salad on two serving plates and sprinkle Gorgonzola over.


South Beach Suggestions:
This salad is a perfect side dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet, and when I checked the label I was pleasantly surprised to find that the cheese has only 8 grams of fat in 1/4 cup. This would be fantastic served with Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar or Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze.

Arugula and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Tasty Salads with Arugula:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes from Kalyn's Kitchen
Arugula Chickpea Salad with Feta and Balsamic-Tahini Vinaigrette from Kalyn's Kitchen
Raw Summer Squash Salad with Arugula, Feta, and Herbs from Kalyn's Kitchen
Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette from Kalyn's Kitchen
Arugula and Sweet Mini-Pepper Salad from Kalyn's Kitchen
Arugula Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette from Use Real Butter
Warm Arugula Salad from Leite's Culinaria
Arugula Shrimp Salad from Cooking with Amy
Orange-Arugula Salad from Elana's Pantry
Arugula Salad with Strawberries from Shutterbean
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26 comments:

  1. Arugula and Gorgonzola - looks like a great combination! Two of my favorite things. And thanks for the link!

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  2. Thanks Dave, two of my very favorites too. Such a simple recipe but so yummy. I can't wait to make your spagetti too.

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  3. I love arugula too! I usually crumble feta on mine, but I would *dare* to try gorgonzola (I find it a bit sharp).
    Good recipe.
    (I'm so jealous you're growing arugula.)

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  4. Since you are such a loyal Costco shopper I hope you have tried their Kirkland Signature Toscano olive oil. It's wonderful, peppery and smooth. Also, their Signature Balsamaic from Modena. Both are in tall square 1 liter bottles. I have been making the same salad and love it!

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  5. I do like the olive oil, but I haven't tried the Balsamic vinegar yet.

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  6. You and Rorie are on a wavelength with the arugula and gorgonzola combination! Looks delightful.

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  7. Well, what a wonderfdul thing to deal with--thinking up ways to use gorgonzola. The salad looks just perfect!

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  8. BNA - I love being on the same wavelength with Rorie. Her food always looks awesome.

    Sher - how to use up the gorgonzola? My mom would have called that "A good problem to have".

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  9. Sounds delicious, Kalyn! Your carrot & mushroom combo should be worried:)

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  10. I make a similar salad but add red onion and red bell pepper and some pesto.
    I've never thought to use arugula instead of spinach sounds great!

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  11. Another Kalyn's find! I'm having a restaurant friend over for the first time and I didn't want to make an institutional salad with pears and pecans, etc. Searched Cook's -- Pears and walnuts. Searched here -- even simpler! I love salads that start with oiled greens. And a rather austere salad will be perfect since one of the other dishes is kind of rich! Love it!

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  12. Simple but full of flavor I bet. For a twist, this might also be good on a flatbread or pizza!

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  13. Looks splendid! I love gorgonzola. will save this for summer for sure. I just recently found your yummy blog so have loads of reading to do here and cooking. You just reminded me of my gorgonzola and pear salad recipe. must post that next. I am new to blogging so this is a treat to find and follow! thanks Veronica
    www.tasselsandtwigs.blogspot.com

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  14. Yum! I love the spicy flavor from the arugula and saltiness from Gorgonzola...simple and delicious! Cheers!

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  15. Thanks. I retwit it on my Twiiter
    Bob Peters, CA

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  16. Mmm I'm going to try this with my nonnos wine vinegar instead! Not a fan of balsamic unfortunately.

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  17. Glad to hear that this sounds good. Ernie, I think any vinegar you like the flavor of would be good here.

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  18. I love Gorgonzola and arugula is always a hit! This is a wonderful combination.

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  19. Such a simple but delicious looking salad Kalyn and I love the new photos! Arugula is one of my favorite greens during the summer - I got some in my CSA box last week and thoroughly enjoyed it in a few salads.

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  20. i think fresh-from-the-garden arugula would be even better. I haven't had much luck growing it in Utah though.

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  21. This? Now this, this would be perfect with bacon. I am sure of it!

    xo, Biggles

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  22. OK, I'm off to Costco right now!

    Donna

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  23. Meathenge, how could bacon be bad in anything? Of course it would be good. (Not as SBD friendly though.)

    Donna, you will love it.

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  24. This looks SO good & fresh! Great for a summer day. Isn't it amazing how some of the most simple salads just taste amazing? I think it must be because you can taste the individual flavors so well. Yum! Thanks for sharing

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  25. Thanks Jenny, I agree that simple flavor combinations can be stunning in salads!

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