Grapefruit and Arugula Salad


Grapefruit Arugula Salad  Prep and Cook Time: 15 minutes

This simple salad is easy to make, bursting with lots of flavour, and is very heart healthy.  Arugula isn’t overly popular in North America, as people often find it much too bitter and peppery.  If you aren’t a fan of the leaf, we’d suggest substituting two cups of baby spinach greens into the recipe and reduce the arugula used down to two cups.

Ingredients:

1 pink grapefruit
1 large bunch arugula (about 4 cups)
1 bunch watercress (about 2 cups)
2 TBS coarsely chopped walnuts

Dressing:

2 TBS lemon juice
2 tsp honey
2 tsp prepared Dijon mustard
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Directions:

Peel grapefruit and cut out each section between the membrane.
Prepare arugula by tearing into pieces, washing and drying. Cut off
tops of watercress and wash and spin dry along with the arugula. A salad
spinner is the best way of doing this.
Whisk together dressing ingredients, toss with salad greens and grapefruit sections and top with chopped walnuts.

Serves 4

Wine Pairing Suggestions:

For pairing grapefruit and Arugula Salad with wine, we would pick a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  This style of wine tends to be both grassy, and grapefruity in nature.  The grassyness would complement the arugula and other salad greens in this dish, while the grapefruit notes will complement the grapefruit used in this salad.

Great New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs that we are familiar with, and will go well with this salad are Kim Crawford, Oyster Bay, Groove Mill, Nautilus, and Forest Estate.

Beer Pairing Suggestions:

Look for a lightly citrus styled beer to complement the grapefruit used in this salad, particularity Hoegaarden, which has lots of orange flavours.  Our number one choice would be Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale Ale, or your favourite IPA Beer.

All of the components of this salad can be found in the flavour profile of this beer.  This craft beer has a great nutty flavour, that will go nicely with the walnuts used in this salad.  It also has a nice grapefruit citrus flavour, and a bitter hop finish which complements both the grapefruit in this salad, and the bitterness that Arugula often has.