Grape, Avocado and Arugula Salad

This Grape, Avocado and Arugula Salad is full of amazing, fresh flavor. And it's easy to make. And naturally gluten-free. And SO GOOD!

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Somehow, I kind of forgot about grapes.

Like, I basically spaced off that they existed for about a year.  I just kind of forgot about them.  They never crossed my mind when planning ingredients for a big salad.  They never made it into my shopping bag.  I’m pretty sure they never made it into my mouth for nearly a year, save for (ahem) a few glasses of wine.

How did I forget about grapes?!?

Please tell me I’m not the only one who completely spaced off the existence of a delightful food for awhile.  (And even if not, you can just pretend so I don’t feel crazy.)

Anyway, big dramatic grape story aside, you can probably guess that this wave of fruit amnesia finally lifted and this story had a happy ending when my eyes landed on a beautiful bunch of red seedless grapes at the store a few weeks ago.  And something clicked and I finally saw them.  And then immediately started craving their sweet, crisp, pop-able, grapey goodness.  And then this beautiful salad happened when I came home with — oh — about 5 pounds of grapes.  You know, to make up for lost time.  With me.  And the grapes.

And let me tell you, it was grape-a-licious.

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I feel like salad photos are always a bit like Where’s Waldo puzzles for me.  I always want to play detective and see if I can spot the red and white hat ingredients before they’re listed.  Can you see them all?

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Well, let’s just dive into it.  Because they make for a heck of a yummy combination when tossed together to make a salad.

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You’ll need:

  • arugula (fresh, peppery, and still my all-time favorite salad green)
  • grapes galore (I went for multicolor using halved red and green seedless grapes)
  • avocado (because I can’t seem to make a salad without it)
  • goat cheese (or any soft cheese)
  • toasted walnuts (or pecans, or whatever nut sounds good)
  • red onion (thinly sliced, and also quite pretty)
  • not pictured: white balsamic vinaigrette (made with my favorite white balsamic vinegar, but you could also use traditional vinegar)

If you want to add in some extra protein, I recommend adding in either:

  • grilled chicken
  • grilled shrimp
  • crispy tofu

If you want to make it vegan:

  • just nix the goat cheese, and add in a tablespoon or two of nutritional yeast or vegan cheese if you’d like
  • or just don’t even worry about adding cheese (the salad stands well on its own without it)

If you want to make it gluten-free:

  • hakuna matata — it’s already naturally gluten-free

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You’ll need to:

  • Add all of your ingredients together in a big bowl, drizzle on your dressing, and toss everything until combined
  • (That’s it!)

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And then if you want to be like me, be sure to get a grape in every delicious bite to make up for lost time.

Seriously, this salad was wonderfully light and fresh and flavorful and I plan to make it again immediately when I get back from Europe, because it was that good.

Viva the grapes!

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Grape, Avocado and Arugula Salad

This grape, avocado and arugula salad is fresh and light, and it makes for the perfect meal or side salad.

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:

  • 6 cups fresh arugula, loosely packed
  • 2 cups halved seedless grapes, red or green or a mix
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts or pecans
  • half a small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • balsamic vinaigrette (ingredients below)

White Balsamic Vinaigrette Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or traditional balsamic vinegar)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey or agave nectar, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper

Directions:

!To Make The Salad:
Add salad ingredients to a bowl, and drizzle with vinaigrette. Toss to combine. Serve immediately.
!To Make The Vinaigrette:
Whisk all ingredients together for 30 seconds until combined.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Bri | Bites of Bri — July 28, 2014 @ 6:15 am (#)

    I always forget about grapes too and I don’t know why because I love Waldorf salad. This salad looks delicious. I love the combination of arugula, goat cheese, and all the other goodness :)

  2. Sues — July 28, 2014 @ 6:33 am (#)

    I eat red grapes pretty much every day. But I never consider adding them to my salad (aside from chicken salad). They add such a fun splash of color!

  3. Cookbook Queen — July 28, 2014 @ 6:54 am (#)

    I love adding sweets to my salad — I usually go for dried cranberries or some sliced strawberries, but grapes are a great idea!

  4. Emily — July 28, 2014 @ 7:07 am (#)

    This looks delicious! And I agree, avocado is a requirement for any salad.

  5. Marie @ Little Kitchie — July 28, 2014 @ 7:38 am (#)

    Such a gorgeous salad!

  6. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 28, 2014 @ 7:40 am (#)

    It’s funny – I always forget about grapes too but my son could eat them by the handful. It’s almost grape season here and I am ready to bring them back into rotation!! This is gorgeous!

  7. The Chardonnay Kitchen — July 28, 2014 @ 8:02 am (#)

    Delicious! I actually have some grapes hanging out in my fridge since I used them with dinner last night. Great idea for a salad dinner this week!

  8. jenna @ just j.faye — July 28, 2014 @ 8:04 am (#)

    Everything about this salad sounds (and looks) delicious!

  9. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — July 28, 2014 @ 8:09 am (#)

    I feel like grapes are kind of a forgotten fruit. Everyone is all about the peaches, the watermelon, the berries! Grapes are a nice refreshing change. Beautiful salad.

  10. Medha @ Whisk & Shout — July 28, 2014 @ 8:52 am (#)

    I love how the sweetness of the grapes and the creamy avocado play off of the bitter arugula here! Yum :)

  11. Meredith — July 28, 2014 @ 12:31 pm (#)

    Perfect summer salad!

  12. Annie @Maebells — July 28, 2014 @ 12:53 pm (#)

    You make the prettiest salads! I love them all!

  13. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen — July 28, 2014 @ 12:55 pm (#)

    Love all your salad recipes, Ali! They are always so easy to make and tasty like this one. I hope you have a wonderful week.

  14. Tiffany — July 28, 2014 @ 2:05 pm (#)

    This salad looks so colorful and delicious. I love the addition of grapes in my salads!

  15. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — July 28, 2014 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    Now this is my kind of salad Ali, especially with the spicy arugula. Light fresh and easy, my kind of meal. Need to try white balsamic vinegar, I use regular balsamic all the time so I’m sure I’ll love it.

  16. Millie — July 28, 2014 @ 6:08 pm (#)

    Love this Ali!! Fruit in salads is my JAM!!

    http://againstallgrain.com

  17. PassTheKnife — July 29, 2014 @ 2:22 pm (#)

    Arugula is my all time favorite green too, and I love all of the ingredients in this salad. Never thought to add grapes but what a fantastic idea!

  18. Emily @ Zen & Spice — July 29, 2014 @ 3:26 pm (#)

    I bought grapes over the weekend and I just remembered that they’re in my fridge thanks to your post haha! I probably would have forgotten about them. This looks delicious!

  19. Desy — July 30, 2014 @ 3:35 am (#)

    Yumee, looks soooo tasty :-)
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