Make an easy Mediterranean salad by combining canned chickpeas, jarred roasted red peppers, and olives and tossing with arugula and a tangy vinaigrette. If you want petite leaves, choose baby arugula.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups arugula
1 cup unsalted canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup bottled roasted red bell peppers, drained and cut into strips
7 pitted Italian olives (such as cerignola), halved
How to Make It
Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, pepper, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add arugula, chickpeas, and bell peppers; toss to coat. Sprinkle with olives.
Melon & Prosciutto: Place 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk until well combined. Add 4 cups arugula to oil mixture; toss to coat greens. Top arugula mixture with 1 cup thinly sliced peeled cantaloupe and 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto. Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup) CALORIES 78; FAT 9g (sat 9g); SODIUM 241mg
Bread Salad: Preheat broiler. Combine 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl; stir with a whisk. Place 2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed Italian bread on a jelly-roll pan. Broil 2 minutes or until toasted; stir after 1 minute. Add bread to bowl; toss. Add 2 cups arugula and 1 1/2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes; toss. Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup) CALORIES 159; FAT 8g (sat 2g); SODIUM 261mg
Caesar Vinaigrette: Combine 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, 2 chopped canned anchovy fillets, and 1 minced garlic clove in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add 4 cups arugula; toss to coat. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons shaved fresh Parmesan cheese. Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup) CALORIES 82; FAT 8g (sat 4g); SODIUM 117mg
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