My friends make fun of me a lot for my obsession with greens like kale and for my vegetable hoarding tendencies (see our Instagram feed for proof). My collection of squash, onions, avocados, tomatoes, and whatever else I’ve found at the farmer’s market is currently taking up about three square feet of counter space. Thankfully arugula can be hidden away in the crisper so it’s less obvious that I have an absurdly overfilled cornucopia on my hands.
This simple salad combines one of my absolute favorite raw greens- baby arugula- with crisp Asian pear, smoked gouda, and the tart sweetness of dried cranberries. I’m not really a dressing person, but I loved the easy combination of quality mustard and olive oil to add warmth and a light kick to the mix.
Smoky-Sweet Salad with Dijon Mustard Dressing – Serves 2
Prep time: 8 minutes
2 large handfuls of baby arugula
1.5 oz smoked gouda
1/8 cup dried cranberries
1/2 an Asian pear
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Place washed and dried arugula in a medium serving bowl (or two individual salad bowls). Shave or thinly slice gouda, then cut into small wedges. Halve an Asian pear, slice thinly, then slice again into fork-size bites. Add gouda, pear, and cranberry to the salad bowl and toss until combined.
In a small bowl, whisk dijon mustard and olive oil until emulsified. Add pepper to taste.
Add more olive oil if you’d like a more liquid dressing.