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Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette is a gorgeous holiday salad that’s low-carb, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. Check out Thanksgiving Recipes to find more festive holiday food.

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Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette found on KalynsKitchen.com
Right now it’s all about Thanksgiving Recipes around here, and this Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette is a gorgeous holiday salad that would be easy but dazzling for the big turkey day dinner. It features arugula, something you might not be able to sneak past the picky eaters in the family, but fellow arugula fans would love to see a salad like this on the holiday table. This is a salad I’ve made many times, and recently when I was cooking with Jake and Kara we decided this recipe really needed new photos! And don’t you think the new photos really show off how pretty this salad is?

The fresh-tomato balsamic vinaigrette was inspired by a few cherry tomatoes I had on the counter when I originally made this salad, and the fresh tomato flavor was wonderful with the arugula and Feta combination. And although tomatoes and balsamic vinegar both have some carbs, it doesn’t take much dressing to make this a wow, and you’re mostly eating healthy arugula and Feta Cheese. This is the kind of simple recipe with complex flavors that I make over and over; hope you will try it if you’re an arugula fan.


Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette found on KalynsKitchen.com

I cut the cherry tomatoes in pieces, and then put them in the bowl of my immersion blender, or use a food processor. (You could probably use a regular blender if you don’t have an immersion blender or a food processor, but I’d cut the tomatoes really small if you’re using a blender.) Then I added the balsamic vinegar. This is a time to use one of your best tasting vinegars. Use the immersion blender or food processor to puree the tomatoes into the vinegar.

Then add the olive oil and buzz a few times to mix. I have a bad habit of buying those containers of baby arugula, and then keeping them until they’re almost past their prime, but if your arugula isn’t completely fresh and crisp, a 15 minute soak in ice cold water will do wonders to revive it. I spin it dry in a salad spinner after the cold-water bath.

Toss the salad together with a small amount of dressing, reserving some dressing to drizzle on top. (You may not need all the dressing if you like your salads on the dry side.) Then add the crumbled Feta (reserving a little of that as well) and toss again.

Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette found on KalynsKitchen.com

Add a little more crumbled Feta to the top of the salad and drizzle the reserved dressing over the top. Serve right away and wait for compliments!

More Holiday-Worthy Salad Recipes to Try:

Thanksgiving Spinach Salad with Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat cheese
Barely-Blanched Broccoli Salad with Feta and Fried Almonds
Low-Carb Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Parmesan
Peperoncini Chopped Salad with Romaine, Peppers, and Feta
Low-Carb Rotisserie Chicken Christmas Salad with Avocado, Pepper, Feta, and Lime

Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette

For arugula fans, this Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette is the perfect salad for a holiday dinner!

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 5 oz. package baby arugula
  • 4 oz. crumbled Feta cheese (more or less to taste)
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 T good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 T good quality extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Cut cherry tomatoes in pieces, and then put them in the bowl of an immersion blender or food processor. (You could probably use a regular blender if you don’t have an immersion blender or a food processor, but I’d cut the tomatoes really small if you’re using a blender.)
  2. Add the balsamic vinegar. Use the immersion blender, food processor, or blender to puree the tomatoes into the vinegar.
  3. Then add the olive oil and buzz a few times to mix.
  4. If your arugula isn’t completely fresh and crisp, a 15 minute soak in ice cold water will do wonders to revive it. Spin it dry in a salad spinner if you’re using the cold-water bath. (Fresh arugula won’t need to be washed.)
  5. Toss the salad together with a small amount of dressing, reserving some dressing to drizzle on top.
  6. Then add the crumbled Feta, again reserving some for the top, and toss again.
  7. Put the salad in a serving bowl. Add a little more crumbled Feta to the top of the salad and drizzle the reserved dressing over the top.

Notes:

This recipe created by Kalyn many years ago when she had arugula that needed to be used and a few cherry tomatoes on the counter. Recipe updated with new photos with help from Jake and Kara.

All images and text ©

Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
It’s true that tomatoes and balsamic vinegar both have some carbs, but you’re not eating a huge amount of dressing in each servings. As long as you use a reasonable amount of Feta cheese, every ingredient in this Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette is perfectly South Beach Diet friendly, and this would also be approved for most other low-glycemic and low-carb diet plans. Plus this salad is so gorgeous and delicious, no one will ever guess it’s diet food!

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15 comments on “Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato-Balsamic Vinaigrette”

  1. This sounds like a yummy dressing for greens. (We love tomatoes!) The arugulas being sold here in Manila are always past their prime, hence, slightly bitter. I can probably use romaine lettuce instead. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  2. I totally agree with you, your salad is delicious… and so healthy!

  3. This looks like a killer combination – especially your cherry tomato dressing. I am a bit jealous of your leftover tomato bounty – the tomato days are over here in Vermont – especially with our first big snowfall yesterday!
    I have been pairing arugula with roasted beets – I am excited to bring in a bit of balsamic into the picture, I think it will work great!

  4. Glad people like the sound of it, but I do have to confess that the cherry tomatoes came from Costco! I haven’t had any garden tomatoes for more than a month, but the little grape tomatoes were great in this.

  5. Tomato dressing?! I’m in love.

  6. I could eat arugula everyday for a year and never get tired of it. And that vinaigrette! I’m definitely going to be making that!

  7. This looks great, I also just love arugula.

  8. Aw, see, this looks like my type of salad right there!

    Grocery prices are making it a little difficult for me to buy the produce I want, so I’ve been skimping but I make due with what I’ve got.

  9. The dressing sounds fantastic! And another reason to use my immersion blender. I love that thing!

  10. I love arugula and I also love the simplicity of the salad! Salad is such a great addition to the Turkey Table… I’m not cooking this year, but that doesn’t mean i won’t be trying this salad!

  11. The vinaigrette is a winner — really a great combination of flavors that would work with many types of salads.

  12. That dressing sounds amazing! I have to try it using my trusty immersion blender…totally agree, the best tool I have and most used! 🙂

    Love arugula!!!

  13. This is my kind of recipe too! I’ve been craving salad and feta cheese. Thanks for sharing this.

  14. The cherry tomato-balsamic vinaigrette sounds amazing with arugula and feta cheese – all my favorite salad ingredients!

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