June 27, 2013

Arugula Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

Arugula Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

I have a new summer salad. I say that every year, and I try to share them with you whenever I can. This year my salad is inspired by Melia Marden’s new book. It is one of those “this is so simple I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself” salads. It has just two main ingredients but is packed with flavor and texture, and every bite tastes like summer. It is also healthy to boot, a welcome side note, but I don’t even eat it because of that! Honest. I just pick the tomatoes from our plant on the porch and whip it up whenever I have the chance.

The only planning this salad requires is roasting the tomatoes. I find it easy to roast them ahead of time, if necessary, and warming them up in the microwave at the last minute if needed. After that I fluff up my arugula in the salad bowl, make the dressing from the pan drippings and we are set to eat. The tomato pan drippings in the dressing really are a revelation, it makes it so naturally sweet with an extra hit of tomato flavor. We love how the sweet tomatoes and dressing play off the peppery arugula. I think it also would taste great with some toasted pine nuts and goat cheese if you wanted a little more heft, but we prefer it just the way it is.


Arugula Salad with Roasted Tomatoes

adapted from Modern Mediterranean, but Melia Marden.


1 pint red grape tomatoes
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 pinch sugar
6 cups arugula


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the tomatoes on it. toss them with the half the olive oil and half the salt and a pinch of pepper. Roast for about 25 minutes.

3. Pour off the tomato pan drippings into a bowl and whisk in the vinegar, remaining salt, and sugar. Whisk well. Then whisk in the remaining olive oil.

4. Place the arugula in a salad bowl and add the roasted tomatoes. Toss with the vinaigrette and serve!


Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This would pair well with a chicken cutlet or fresh fish. To pep it up you could also add crumbled goat cheese or blue cheese.

Naptime Stopwatch

10 minutes prep time, 25 minutes cook time

Naptime Reviews

This summery salad is great.


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