Arugula, Pear and Raspberry Salad

Arugula, Pear and Raspberry Salad

This fresh summer salad is sweet, salty and spicy. It's like a party for your palate!

My Spoonful of Foodies friends and I are doing something so fun this week!! We all pitched in to put together a special date night menu for you all. On Monday we shared cocktail and bread recipes, and on Tuesday we shared an appetizer and a first course soup. I'm sharing my recipe today, then the rest of the menu will be published later this week! 

Here are the recipes we've shared so far:

Jennifer at Milk and Honey started us of with cocktails and made delicious Palomas
Derik at House of Bakes baked up some amazing Garlic Bread Rolls
Janelle at Bakesinslippers shared amazing Roasted Spicy Chickpeas with Lemon Aioli 
Michelle at The Complete Savorist made a cool and creamy Apricot Gazpacho


I was tasked with a first course dish and decided to go with a summery salad. At first I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, so I headed to the market to get inspiration from the fresh produce. Yes folks, the produce speaks to me. It's a good thing, trust me. Not weird at all.

Well as I was looking through all of the amazing fresh fruits and veggies, a bin full of beautiful pears caught my eye. And that's really all I needed. It started with pears, then to sweet raspberries, then peppery arugula, then salty feta. The light bulb went off in the ole' head and I knew what I wanted to make. 

So here you have it, a simple yet gorgeous salad with delicious summer fruits, some salty cheese, spicy arugula and a light vinaigrette. Perfection. 

Arugula, Pear & Raspberry Salad
Recipe written by The Chef Next Door
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Ingredients:
5 oz. fresh baby arugula 
6 oz. fresh raspberries
1 D'anjou pear, thinly sliced 
3 oz. crumbled feta

For the dressing:
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Pinch each of salt, pepper and sugar 

Place the arugula in a large serving bowl. Add the raspberries, pears and feta and toss gently to combine.

In a small bowl add all of the dressing ingredients and whisk vigorously to combine. Pour over the salad and toss gently. Serve immediately.

Bon Appetit!