Peppery arugula, thinly sliced mushrooms, red onion and halved grape tomatoes tossed with a simple olive oil red wine vinegar dressing garnished with slivers of shaved Parmesan cheese. This is a great basic salad that complements so many dishes: pasta, pizza, sandwiches, soups, seafood, meats and more. It’s become a personal favorite here at our house since being featured in the Weight Watchers Weekly back in August (8/26-9/1/12).
(I made the salad and snapped a picture before adding the dressing a couple of hours before dinner while there was still enough light to get a decent shot.)
Loaded with Weight Watchers Power Foods, this Italian Arugula salad is a delicious way to boost your vegetable intake at lunch or dinner for minimal PointsPlus. To turn this salad into a heartier main dish meal you could add some chicken, tuna, salmon and/or chick peas.
I love the peppery taste of arugula, but if you don’t you could always use baby spinach or mesclun instead. A few sliced black olives make a tasty addition too.
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 8 cups baby arugula
- 2 cups thinly sliced white mushrooms
- 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
- ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
- ¼ cup sliced black olives (optional)
- 1 ounce Parmesan Cheese, preferably Parmigiano Reggiano, at room temperature
- In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, water, olive oil, salt and pepper until well blended.
- In a large bowl combine the arugula, sliced mushrooms, grape tomato halves, sliced onions, and olives if using.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad a little at a time, tossing well to coat everything with the dressing. (You may need less dressing than you have, especially if you prefer your salads lightly dressed.)
- Using a vegetable peeler, shave very thin slices of Parmesan on top of the salad and serve immediately.
- Top with
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