Arugula Caesar Salad

Arugula Caesar Salad Churrasco

I am a pack rat, especially when it comes to reading materials.  Not unlike many food bloggers and their readers, I have a collection of cookbooks and magazines that threatens to take over cupboards, shelves and closet space.  Lately, despite having all these great references at my disposal, I keep coming back to my Kindle to search through two e-books:  Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything” and “The Flavor Bible” by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg.  After reading so much about them through other food blogs, I decided it was time to get my own copies.  I can’t believe I went for as long as I did without them.  

During my visit to the market yesterday, I picked up half a pound of arugula.  I love arugula, not just for its peppery bite, but because of its versatility.  Fresh in salads, wilted with onions or garlic, or ground into a pesto – what can’t be done with arugula?  I came home in after a particularly long day at work (month-end close, in all its glory), craving comfort food preferably in lower carbohydrate form.  I had been thinking about Caesar salad since the weekend, and decided to make my own.  Enter “The Flavor Bible”: arugula goes great with cheese and garlic in the salad, and to balance the pungent flavors, sweet cherry tomatoes and creamy avocado are also added.

Arugula

The dressing recipe I will be sharing with you is a combination of Alton Brown’s Good Eats cookbook and Giada di Laurentiis’ Giada’s Family Dinners.  It does contain raw egg, so make sure you use the freshest eggs you have at your disposal or pasteurized ones.

Arugula Caesar Dressing

  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 anchovy filets or 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

In a large bowl, combine the garlic, lemon zest, anchovies, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice.  The anchovies should melt with the other ingredients.  In a separate small bowl, break the egg and beat until the yolk and white are well combined.  Add the egg to the large bowl and mix well with the rest of the ingredients.  Slowly stream the olive oil and continue whisking until the dressing is emulsified.  Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Assembling the Salad

  • 1/2 pound washed and dried arugula
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Haas avocado or 1/2 ripe Fuertes (Florida) avocado, sliced
  • Pecorino Romano shavings to taste
  • Cooked skirt steak or chicken, sliced into strips (we used skirt steak)

Add the arugula in batches to the bowl with the dressing and carefully toss.  Follow with the tomatoes and avocado.  Shave Pecorino slices into the bowl and mix one last time, trying to maintain the avocado slices intact.

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Author:Adriana

Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

6 Responses to “Arugula Caesar Salad”

  1. April 3, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    that Aragula Caesar Salad look refreshing, I really love cherry tomato too, but usually I didn’t cut a half that, I love the kick when I ate it, the tomato water splashing on my mouth 🙂

    cheers

  2. April 3, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Ooh, love the beef on your salad. Looks delicious.

  3. April 3, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    What a beautiful elegant version of a caesar salad!

  4. April 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    My hubby always orders Caesar salad when we dine out…I must make this for him!! Wonderful recipe~

  5. April 6, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Such a beautiful salad that looks so healthy and delicious. As you listed all the things you can do with arugula I’m reminded of Hubby’s breakfast he made for the family this week. He’d been watching FoodTV and saw someone sauteing arugula for an omelet. So…Hubby sauteed Romaine lettuce and thought it would be the same. GROSS! But it was nice of him to make breakfast. I’ll have to show him your post so he can see the difference.

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