January 8, 2013

Arugula Pasta Salad with Blue Cheese, Pecans

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This salad would make a great potluck dish or add chicken and it would easily be a filling dinner. This Arugula Pasta Salad combines spicy arugula with blue cheese and crunchy walnuts to make for a party in your mouth.


6 ounces cooked pasta, such as bow tie or farfalle

2 Cups Arugula (preferably baby leaves, stems removed)
Trader Joe’s sells a bag of arugula for about $2

1 Cup Grape tomatoes

2 Tablespoons chives, chopped finely

2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts
I used pecans

1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (extra virgin)

1/4 teaspoon table salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

3 Tablespoon blue cheese, crumbled


1.) Cook pasta according to instructions on package. Before draining, set aside 1 Tablespoon of pasta water. Drain noodles, pour into a bowl and mix in your arugula leaves while pasta is still hot. Cover. This lightly steams your arugula leaves!

2.) Toast chopped walnuts over medium-high heat until lightly browned. Set aside.

3.) Make your dressing – whisk together white wine vinegar, oil, reserved pasta water, salt and pepper.

4.) Pour dressing over salad and toss well. Sprinkle with nuts and blue cheese.

5.) Add chicken to make this meal more substantial.

This salad recipe was sent in from Jill as part of our Soup and Salad recipe series! Since I am featuring it on the blog, Jill gets a $10 Amazon gift card!

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  1. I’m always looking for new salad recipes to try in the summer. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. This looks wonderful! I’d replace the bleu cheese with feta since I am not a bleu cheese fan but other than that, this is fantastic! Pinned and sharing on my Facebook page tomorrow. Stopping by from Mandatory Mooch. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Julie @ This Gal cooks

  4. Yum! This looks so good and light for the hot summer months. I’m visiting from A Pretty Life link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

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