Arugula, Pear, and Pecan Salad


  Walnut Dressing

- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

- 4 Tbsp grapeseed oil

- 2 Tbsp walnut oil

- salt and pepper to taste

- 3 ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, sliced very thin


- 5 handfuls Arugula

- 1/2 cup pecan halves

- 4 ounces fresh goat cheese, optional


1. Walnut Dressing In medium size bowl, whisk lemon juice, grape seed oil, walnut oil with salt and pepper to taste until smooth. Toss pears in dressing.

2. Salad In medium size salad bowl, place arugula and pecans. Pour dressing with pearsover arugula and toss well to combine. You may add small slices of soft goat cheese.



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Arugula, Pear and Pecan Salad

Arugula Pesto with Vegan Option


- 3 clove garlic, peeled and chopped

- 1/4cup pine nuts, or walnuts

- 1 cup arugula, packed, washed and dried

- 1 cup parsley leaves, packed, washed and dried

- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

- 1/3 cup ricotta cheese or 4 oz. silken tofu + 2 tsp. lemon juice

- 2 TBSP Manchego cheese, grated or 2 TBSP ground pine nuts + 2 TBSP nutritional yeast

- sea salt and black pepper to taste


(Vegan Note: If you are using silken tofu instead of ricotta cheese, mash up tofu with wire whisk and fresh lemon juice. Grind 2 TBSP pine nuts in mortar and pestle or food processor and combine with nutritional yeast. Add to tofu mixture. Set aside.)

1. Place arugula and parsley in heavy duty, quart-sized zip lock bag. Pound leaves with rubber mallet, meat pounder, or even the back of a metal ice cream scoop.

2. Fit food processor with S-blade. Process garlic, nuts, arugula, parsley, and oil until smooth. Transfer to small bowl and stir in cheeses or tofu mixture, if doing vegan option; season with salt and pepper.

Makes enough for 12 oz. box of pasta

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Arugula Pesto with Vegan Option