Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Arugula Quinoa Salad with Cherries

Arugula Quinoa Salad with Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette | Cooking on the Front Burner

How is your summer going?  Getting to do all you want?  Sun, fun, vacationing, relaxing, etc.?  It's the most wonderful time of the year, right (not ready for Christmas yet!)  We've been super busy hence the lack of blog posts.  I can't believe this is only the 3rd recipe this month but I think it was worth the wait.  This Arugula Quinoa Salad with Fresh Cherries has it all and on the healthier side too!  So enjoy what's left of summer and when you are looking for a quick and tasty salad, you've come to the right spot!

Some of our busy times this summer included a cabin vacation up north (MN), helping our daughter and son-in-law move into their new home, seeing friends and this weekend we are headed to PA for my father-in-law's 80th birthday... shhh it's a surprise!  I honestly don't mind all the hubbub.  Life is meant to be enjoyed.  I can rest when I'm 80 - maybe :)  But I do know I'll be back more in the kitchen next month!  I'm beginning to think up some new fall recipes.  Stay tuned.

Arugula Quinoa Salad with Cherries

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes (quinoa)
Yield 2 salads
Recipe Inspiration from Kiss My Spatula
  • Arugula (enough for 2 salads)
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa cooled
  • 1/2 cup pitted fresh cherries, quartered
  • Goat cheese
  • Honey Pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fig preserves (or jam)
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Divide on two plates the arugula, quinoa and cherries
  2. Form a small ball of goat cheese with your hands and roll into chopped pecans
  3. Set on top of salad
  4. In a food processor combine the lemon juice, preserves, mustard, and honey
  5. While blade is running, slowly add in the olive oil until combined
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  7. Drizzle over salad
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Are you a fan of quinoa?  I love it in my salads.  Right now I have a bowl in the refrigerator so when I make my lunch salad for work, I can toss some in.

Arugula Quinoa Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette | Cooking on the Front Burner

Arugula Quinoa Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette | Cooking on the Front Burner

I think you will really love this dressing too - it light and creamy with a honey mustard flavor.  It compliments the salad perfectly and would be good for other salads as well.

Arugula Quinoa Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette | Cooking on the Front Burner

Arugula Quinoa Salad with Creamy Vinaigrette | Cooking on the Front Burner

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  1. What refreshing salad! I love that you used cherries and quinoa!!

  2. This salad sounds delicious, Deb! I love arugula, but never thought to pair it with cherries- yum! :)

  3. I love quinoa and really should make some for the week to have with my lunches. I am a fan of adding fruit to salads and these cherries sound delicious with the arugula and goat cheese!

  4. Delicious looking salad! Perfect way to use up the season's remaining cherries!

  5. I love the pecan cheese balls to top the salad! That's way better than croutons!

  6. That dressing alone sounds fabulous! And I can't get enough of cherries this summer!

  7. What a pretty salad, Deb! I love the quinoa addition.

  8. Not a salad lover but you made this look awesome! And fig preserves in the dressing? I'm in! Sharing at our weekend features post on Sunday!

  9. Loving this and I'm drooling right now! You are so talented. Thanks for sharing this at our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we get to party with you again! Lou Lou Girls

  10. The perfect salad! I love those goat cheese & pecan balls......YUM!


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