I love the peppery bite of arugula. This leafy green is a native of the Mediterranean and Southern European countries. It is very rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron and vitamins such as Vitamin A and K. If you have tense muscles or need extra iron in your diet, arugula is a great addition to any dish. Make it your main dish by adding fish, chicken, grass fed organic steak or tofu for extra protein. The lemon in the vinaigrette will enhance the absorption of the iron in leafy greens. Iron from leafy greens does not absorb as well as heme iron and therefore the acid in lemon can improve iron absorption. Add grapefruit and oranges for more flavor, color and Vitamin C during this cold and flu season.
5 ounces arugula, about 6 cups
1/2 pomegranate, seeded
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil or walnut oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
- In a large salad bowl, combine all salad ingredients.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine all vinaigrette ingredients and whisk until evenly blended. Drizzle and toss the salad until the desired amount of dressing has coated the greens evenly.
- Finish the salad with fresh cracked pepper and a dash of sea salt and toss once more.