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ROASTED GRAPE & ARUGULA SALAD

Roasted-grape-arugula-salad

You know those fantastic, light and beautiful salads they serve in luxury spas and restaurants? Those salads that leave you wanting more? This is one of those.

This salad is delicious for lunch or dinner, and it’s a great one to bring to a dinner party, too.  This is the salad I’m serving for Easter Brunch {really lunch}

If you’ve never roasted grapes before, you are going to love it. Roasting grapes brings out their sweetness even more.

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After you toss them with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar and quickly roast them in the oven, they are delicious, sweet, and slightly acidic. heaven.

They are the perfect balance for the peppery arugula and the slightly salty feta cheese.  A light dressing of olive oil and lemon juice, salt and pepper, and this salad is a more than welcome addition to any meal. On a warm summer’s night, we’ve eaten this salad for an al fresco dinner, together with shrimp.

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ROASTED GRAPE, ARUGULA AND FETA CHEESE SALAD

{Adapted from Cooking Light.}

INGREDIENTS:

For the roasted grapes:

1-1/2 cups seedless red grapes

2 tsp. good olive oil

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

For the salad:

4 oz. arugula {I leave mine whole but you can chop if you like that.}

1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

2 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 kosher salt

ground pepper {I use a grinder, just sprinkle on as much as you love!}

1/4 cup or more feta cheese cut in blocks, or buy the crumbled, easy and even better!

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DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

1. Combine: grapes, 2 tsp. olive oil and 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar all together on a baking sheet lined in foil.

Bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes. Let grapes cool for 5 minutes.

2. Whisk 2 tsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

3. Place arugula in salad bowl, add walnuts and feta. Pour dressing over, toss. Serve.

Yields four servings.

Serve in a large bowl, or sometimes I love how a salad looks on a large antique platter. ENJOY!

Let me know if you make this and what you think.

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25 Responses to ROASTED GRAPE & ARUGULA SALAD

  1. Bonnie, this is so easy, and this is a spectacular salad that never ceases to garner the question for the recipe! Hope you love it!

  2. Can’t wait to make this salad as I’ve never tried roasting grapes. I can imagine they smell delicious and taste even better. Happy Easter Lidy!

  3. Alice, they are like little candies, really, once they are roasted! I hope you love this recipe, and make it one of your “signature” dishes.

  4. This looks delicious! How can I pin it??? I’m going to figure it out. This looks like a summer staple!

  5. Ginger, if you lightly tap your screen, a little pin button will appear on each photo! Then you can pin, share to Facebook or other things.

  6. Love the sound of this light salad. Will definitely be trying this!!

  7. I need a nice idea for an Easter dessert if any of you readers out there have ideas. Want a light dessert after a full meal.

  8. Great! Evelyne, I love this salad, with addition of shrimp, it’s been a full meal in the spring and summer at FrenchGardenHouse!

  9. This looks like a great salad. I will try it. Doesn’t look too difficult to roast grapes. Thank you.

  10. Lidy,
    This salad sounds delicious. I’m a salad lover and always looking for something new and different. I have never roasted grapes before, so I can’t wait to try this out. We are having a very small crowd this Easter, so I think I will add it to my dinner menu. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
    Wishing for you and yours a blessed Easter!
    Wrenda

  11. Hi, Lidy,
    I am going to try the roasted grapes this Easter at my son’s, they sound so good and the salads look heavenly, thanks~~~~Happy Easter~~~~~~~~~

  12. Looks delicious! I’ve never tried roasting grapes, but have done roasted plum tomatoes (halved), they are wonderful! I’m looking forward to trying the roasted grapes & salad. The suggestion of shrimp, sounds great, too!

  13. Dear Lidy.
    Sounds like the perfect salad to accompany
    our dinner tomorrow evening. Thanks for sharing,Sandy

  14. I do love roasting things, but I’ve never tried grapes before. Tomorrow, I promise. Not many fresh greens around here yet but perhaps I can find a wilted lettuce or something. Oh spring, please start springing….

  15. Lidy, this salad sounds delish. This time of year I really look forward to salads. Love the hash brown recipe you posted too! Spring seems to have finally settled in here this week! Envy you eating outside already!

  16. Thank you Diane! I hope your “eating outside” comes soon to Massachusetts!

  17. I am having friends over for a spring cookout in a few weeks and this salad will be an added gem for sides. Another great recipe.

  18. Lidy,
    I have never heard of roasted grapes,they sound so yummy! I love any sort of salads . Please enter me into the drawing for the sweetest pink bowls with the little birds.
    Thanks, Denise

  19. Hi Lidy,
    I’m starting my 30 day diet tomorrow, and this looks like a perfect recipe for me to try on my diet. I love grapes, and though I have never tried them roasted, they sound delicious. Feta Cheese is also one of my favorites. I think I would preder the Arugala whole rather than chopped. All of the salad recipes on this diet call for the olive oil and balsamic or plain vinegar in the same proportions. Wish me luck on my diet that it turns out to be successful. Hopefully I can get my husband to join me on this Diet Journey.

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