I had a crazy idea for a superfood salad recipe and thought these things would work together and I was really not surprised they worked as well as I had thought. I purchased some delcious creamy, nutty raw blue cheese that was just magnificent with the saltiness of the bacon, the bite of the arugula and the tart-sweetness of the apple.
I topped it off with an olive oil, and cinnamon-pear balsamic mixture. You don’t need cinnamon-pear balsamic but a nice, mellow sweet balsamic will do just as well.
I purposely did not include measurements in this recipe, it’s very easy to adjust to whatever size crowd you are serving. Hint: Add more Bacon to gain more popularity! 😉
Dark green leafy vegetables are, calorie for calorie, probably the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins. They also provide a variety of phytonutrients including beta-carotene,lutein, and zeaxanthin, which protect our cells from damage and our eyes from age-related problems, among many other effects. Dark green leaves even contain small amounts of healthy omega 3 fats as well.
The standout of all the nutrients in dark green leafies is Vitamin K.
A cup of most cooked greens will give you about 9X the minimum recommended intake of Vitamin K, and even a couple of cups of dark salad greens usually provide the minimum all on their own.
Here ya go…I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. 🙂
Bacon, Blue Cheese, Apple and Arugula Salad
Any combination of Arugula, regular baby greens and/or baby kale
2-4 slices thick sliced natural (no nitrites) bacon, cooked and cut up in small pieces
1/2 to 1 apple, chopped in small pieces (Granny Smith is good, or any tart-crisp apple variety)
Crumbled Blue Cheese (try something exotic here like Maytag Blue or another aged delightfully nutty flavored blue cheese)
Thin sliced red onion
Add greens to large glass bowl, with apple, bacon, and blue cheese sprinkled on top. Drizzle equal amounts of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil on salad and serve.