I think I have may have mentioned before how our lettuce in the garden is done. Well that wasn’t completely true. You see, somehow we managed to miss the packet of arugula seeds when planting the garden. So I planted them a while ago and now we have arugula! It won’t last long since the temps are up on the 90s so I am enjoying it as often as possible.
Over the weekend we also had our first blackberries. It wasn’t enough to do much, especially since Jack kept eating them while I was trying to pick them without getting too scratched up! It was enough, however, to put on a wonderful salad with arugula. I have had it a couple of times this week it is so simple and delicious.
As I was getting ready to make a dressing I remembered my stash of goodies. My mom went to visit my brother in Seattle back in March for his birthday and brought me back food. What else would I want?! I have a sampler of infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars, plus something else that will remain a surprise until I am inspired. Anyway, one of the balsamic vinegars is blackberry ginger flavored. Perfect for my salad! You could easily use regular basmaic vinegar in its place.
I also had a mango pineapple chèvre which was wonderful in the salad, but regular or honey chevre would also be wonderful. This is a pretty easy “recipe”. Make enough for one salad or four. Whatever your needs and likes are. I myself put lots of blackberries on mine. Perhaps I was a selfish mom, I didn’t share any of the blackberries with the kids! Don’t worry, I will make it up to them. I’m taking them foraging this weekend to some bushes I have scoped out, lots of berries ready for the picking!
Arugula with Blackberries and Chevre
Chèvre, flavor of your choice
Sesame seeds or another nut/seed of choice for crunch
For the Dressing
1/4 c. olive oil
Juice of one lemon
1 Tbs. honey
1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Place the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously. Toss the arugula with as much or little dressing as needed. Place the dressed arugula on plate(s), top with blackberries, chevre and seeds/nuts. Enjoy!