Arugula Strawberry Salad with Roquefort Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts

This Arugula Strawberry Salad is a simple yet flavorful.  The sweetness from the strawberries balance out the pepperiness of the arugula and the saltiness from the roquefort cheese.  This is a perfect salad to enjoy on a warm summer day.

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Did you know that strawberries are not a fruit or a berry? They are actually a member of the rose family, an enlarged receptacle of the flower. 

You probably already know Roquefort cheese is a blue cheese, but what you might not know is that it is made from sheep’s milk from the south of France.  Only cheeses aged in the natural Combalou caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon may use the name Roquefort.

Enjoy with a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rose or Sangiovese.

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Recipe: 4 – 6 Servings

  • 1/4 Cup Toasted Hazelnuts – or to taste
  • 8 Cups Arugula
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 Teaspoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Strawberries to taste (I used 8)
  • 1/4 Cup Roquefort Cheese or to taste
  • Sea Salt – optional
Instructions:
Hazelnuts

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Spread the hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Bake for 10 – 14 minutes.  In about 5 – 7 minutes stir the nuts so they toast evenly while also checking on the progress.

When hazelnuts are cool put in the center of a towel and pull corners of the towel together and roll hazelnuts around with some force till skins come loose.  A small amount of skin will remain on the nuts and that is fine.

Sometimes I separate the ones that the skins didn’t come off and put them back in the oven for a few more minutes.

Put the hazelnuts in a food processor and turn on until it’s a coarse grind.

Salad

Wash and chop the arugula and mix with the lemon and oil.

Slice or dice the strawberries, crumble the cheese with a fork and sprinkle on the arugula along with the ground hazelnuts and serve.

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Health Benefits:

Arugula is a super food that cleanses the blood and detoxifies cells. It is an extremely high anti-oxidant making it a free radical absorbent and increases oxygen levels. It has a cooling effect on the body and contains 90% water so it keeps your body hydrated making it a great addition in the summer heat. Arugula has very high levels of chlorophyll, which helps with liver damage and contains phyto-chemicals that fight cancer-causing carcinogens. The leaves have an excellent source of vitamin A helping with vision, skin and respiratory health. It has good levels of vitamin C that’s great for cells and skin health. Arugula also contains decent levels of minerals, especially copper and iron. It has high amounts of calcium and vitamin K that strengthens the bones. It’s high fiber content helps with colon health and reduces chronic inflammation as well. It is high in folate (B9), which helps to slow down the aging factors of the brain and supports your metabolism.

Strawberries are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Just one cup gives you 100 percent.” of the daily value of Vitamin C which is a great immune booster, helps improve the eyes and it produces collagen in the skin, which helps keep wrinkles at bay. The antioxidants and phytochemicals also help to reduce joints inflammation. They are high potassium and fiber making them great for your heart.

Hazelnuts are one of the only tree nuts with folate that may help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and depression. They have a high concentration of oleic acid an omega-9 fatty acid that is known to prevent cancer, reduce blood pressure, prevent strokes and help lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol that help prevent heart attacks.  They are also rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium, the minerals help regulate blood pressure. Hazelnuts are one of the richest in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.  They are also packed with B vitamins that bring energy to your cells and increase the metabolism. They are one of the few nuts that contain vitamin A, which is great for your eyes and are also high in dietary fiber and minerals like manganese, selenium and zinc.

*People who are allergic to peanuts, macadamia nut and/or Brazil nut might also be allergic to hazelnuts.

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