I’ll be the first one to say I never really enjoyed eating salad for the most of my life. I’d always introduce myself as the vegetarian who disliked vegetables. I didn’t understand why people could eat large amounts of tasteless iceberg lettuce…after all, I was used to flavorful, spicy, Indian food. Most of my options eating out were “the house salad” or “the garden salad” — and 99% of them were pretty tasteless (I didn’t have a Whole Foods when I was growing up).
It was only a few years ago when I truly fell in love with salads. I stopped trying to follow recipes and started making my own. I introduced myself to greens other than the infamous iceberg lettuce and things just started getting more interesting. And yes, at some point, I was adding way too many ingredients to my salad which left my tastebuds dizzy and exhausted. But at some point, I started mixing a few amounts of high quality ingredients and combined them with a simple dressing…and wow, that made a world of difference.
This strawberry walnut arugula is one of those simple salads. It takes a few minutes to make, doesn’t require any fancy dressings or a blender. Just simple high quality fresh ingredients. It goes well as a side or on its own. You really can’t go wrong. Either pair is as a side salad to a delicious entree or eat it on its own — neither will disappoint!
Oh, and walnuts — yes, those are so great for you. If I had to pick one nut for the rest of my life, it would definitely be the walnut. Not only do walnuts taste delicious, but they are so good for you and your brain.
If you try this recipe, let me know what you think. I love seeing your photos tagged #realandvibrant on Instagram!