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Emeril's Arugula Salad

Emeril Lagasse's East Summer Side

GMA Recipes Lunch
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Emeril Lagasse put together an amazing arugula salad with blue cheese, tomatoes and orange gastrique. Put together this easy dish and serve it on a beautiful summer day.


  • 1/3 cup walnut halves, toasted
  • 1/4 cup apple cider (or rice wine vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 bunches arugula (about 1/2 pound)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 pound Blue cheese, crumbled
  • 2 pounds tomatoes, sliced in wedges (varieties - Beefsteak, Heirloom, Grape)
  • 1/4 cup shallots, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh tarragon leaves
  • 2 medium Navel oranges, segmented
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chervil, chopped
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange walnut halves on a baking sheet and bake until lightly golden, about 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool completely. To make the gastrique, in a small non-reactive saucepan combine the vinegar, sugar and orange juice, bring to a boil and cook until it's a syrup consistency, about 5 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely in a heat-resistant glass bowl. You will have about 1/3 cup.

    In a large bowl toss arugula with olive oil and salt and pepper and mound on a serving platter. In a large bowl combine the Blue cheese, tomatoes shallots, tarragon, orange segments, olive oil and salt and pepper, and toss together. Arrange on top of the arugula. Drizzle with the gastrique and then sprinkle with toasted walnuts and chopped chervil. Serve immediately.

    Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse © 2001

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: walnuts, arugula, blue cheese

    Course: Appetizer/Starter, Brunch, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish

    More Info: Vegetarian

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