Arugula Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Champagne Vinaigrette and Shaved Cheese

by jerseygirl on June 5, 2011 · 14 comments

This salad sounds kind of fancy, doesn’t it? Actually, it’s so easy to put together that we have eaten it at dinner for the last three nights. It is definitely a company worthy salad and I am not sure I’d call this a recipe. It’s just an idea. I love this delicious low fat champagne dressing from Trader Joe’s. You can toast the walnuts in advance and you don’t even have to grate your own cheese. Trader Joe’s has containers of shaved Parmesan, Romano and Asiago right in their cheese section. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near your home, you can always make your own dressing or get another brand. Many champagne dressings are sold in the gourmet section of the grocery store. Most grocery stores today carry so many great items. You can also use any type of hard Italian cheese. I am not including measurements because you can easily eyeball this salad. Besides, sometimes you feel like a lot of walnuts and sometimes you don’t. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Arugula Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Champagne Vinaigrette and Shaved Italian Cheese
arugula salad
Champagne Vinaigrette dressing
toasted walnuts
shaved Parmesan or Romano cheese (or the Trader Joe’s Blend)

Toss the salad with the dressing. Put on individual plates and sprinkle with walnuts and cheese.

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Jennifurla June 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

perfection if you ask me.

That Girl June 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I love that shaved parm – we have it in our fridge right now. I've seen that vinaigrette a couple times in the store, but haven't picked it up.

Jessica @ How Sweet June 6, 2011 at 8:03 am

This is my kind of salad… love it!

Ramona June 6, 2011 at 10:40 am

That looks great!

I need to try different types of salads since the EVIL washing machine and dryer decided to shrink my jeans.

Because of our demented appliances, I am being forced to go on a diet.

teresa June 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

gorgeous. i adore arugula, i could gobble this up!

Maria June 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Love this salad!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels June 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

This salad looks sooo good and I love how simple it is. I've been wanting to try that dressing from Trader Joe's. I'll have to pick up a bottle next time.

Shelby June 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Sounds yummy Lisa! We had salad tonight for dinner – we have been exercising right after work so we get home too late to really have a full course meal, so it has been salad or a really low calorie recipe.

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BakerbyNature June 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Great flavor combinations, and a reminder for me to get my butt to Trader Joe's tomorrow!

Leslie June 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Hmmm I best that TRADER JOES dressing is amazing. I suppose I will never know! LOL

Allie June 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Ever since you told me about this I haven't been able to stop wanting it! Will this be on your menu Friday?!

Jen_from_NJ June 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I will need to pick up the champagne vinaigrette from Trader Joe's. I want this salad!

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