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Arugula and Florida Berry Salad with Candied Pecans


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Courtesy of Fresh From Florida

The peppery notes of arugula make a wonderful backdrop for this colorful, fruity salad. Everything about it says, “Ah, summer!”

Salad Ingredients

  • 16 ounces arugula, rinsed and drained
  • 1 dozen Florida strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced
  • 1 cup Florida blueberries
  • 2 oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 8 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Fresh-ground pepper to taste

Candied Pecans Ingredients

  • 2 cups Florida pecans
  • 3/4 cup natural Florida sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Salad Instructions

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add arugula, lemon juice and olive oil. Lightly toss the arugula to coat, and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Serve on four chilled plates. Add an even amount of the dressed arugula to the center of each plate. Arrange an even amount of citrus, blueberries and strawberries in a decorative manner on each plate. Evenly distribute the crumbled goat cheese over the top of each salad. Garnish each salad with a few of the candied pecans. Serve chilled.

Candied Pecans Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400° F.
  • Spread the nuts onto a baking sheet and toast, tossing once, until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Once the baking sheet is cool, line it with parchment paper.
  • In a large skillet, combine the sugar, salt and 2 tablespoons water. Simmer, swirling the pan occasionally (do not stir, as this will crystallize the caramel), until the liquid is amber-colored, 12 to 15 minutes. Stir in the nuts, and then spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, separating the nuts as much as possible. Let cool. Break up any large clusters before serving.