Satisfy your cravings with a delicious Caramelized Pecan Arugula Salad full of fresh blueberries, tangy goat cheese, and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette. The next time you want a simple, seasonal lunch, this is the salad for you.
Hi there, my name is Rachael, lifestyle blogger at Rachael Burgess. I love the freshness of spring. It is the perfect time to buckle down, let go of old habits, and embrace new ones. My number one goal this year is to replace less healthy things in my diet with healthier options.
You are going to want to eat this tasty Caramelized Pecan Arugula Salad for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The combination of fresh and spicy arugula, creamy goat cheese, crisp blueberries, and crunchy pecans is divine to say the least. This salad only takes about ten minutes to make, and the best part about it is, it’s completely guilt free. So go ahead and stuff your face!
Unhealthy eating habits, at least for me, are often the result of wanting to instantly satisfy hunger and grabbing something pre-made from the pantry. To solve this, my husband had the bright idea to always have fresh salads ready to go in the fridge. Salads are easy to make, and if you store the toppings and greens in separate containers, they last for days!
Caramelized Pecan Arugula Salad Recipe
I loved his idea so I started brainstorming and creating unique, delicious, and easy salads ASAP. I’ve come up with quite a few delicious combinations, but this fresh Caramelized Pecan Arugula Salad is my favorite! The first batch I made was supposed to last the whole day, but it was too good. I literally ate the entire salad bowl full of caramelized pecans, goat cheese, and blueberries in one sitting.
The caramelized pecans are surprisingly easy to make with just three ingredients. Add 1/4 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of brown sugar to a frying pan over medium heat. Stir continuously, then once the butter is melted, pour in one cup of pecans. Let them simmer in the caramel mixture for about three minutes. Pour the whole mess onto a plate covered in parchment paper, and leave them for no longer than a minute to cool. Then scoop them, one by one, onto a separate plate to harden; otherwise they will all be stuck together for good.
The balsamic dressing is even easier to make than the pecans. Combine equal parts balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Add a pinch of garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Done!
Once you have that done, all that’s left is to mix the ingredients together and enjoy this Caramelized Pecan Arugula Salad. You will enjoy it, I promise. When it comes to salads, this combination of peppery greens, tangy blueberries, crisp pecans, and soft cheese is hard to beat.
- 9 oz arugula
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup crumbled goat cheese
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 pinch of garlic powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 pinch of pepper
- Put the butter and brown sugar in a fry pan on medium heat. Stir continuously until the butter is melted.
- Add the pecans into the pan and leave on the heat for another 3 minutes. Don't overcook!
- Pour the pecans onto a plate covered in parchment paper. Let the pecans cool for about a minute, then scoop them one by one onto another plate to harden completely.
- Set aside.
- In a small bowl mix together all the ingredients for the dressing.
- Set aside.
- Put the arugula in a large salad bowl and sprinkle the blueberries on top. Crumble the goat cheese on top next, then finally add the cooled caramelized pecans.
- Serve with the dressing on the side.
Home Chef Tip: The caramelized pecans can be stored for quite awhile in the freezer and the dressing lasts a long time in the fridge. Double or triple the recipe for the dressing and pecans, then next time you make this salad it will only take you 3 minutes!
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