Arugula and alfalfa sprouts salad with honey, mustard and ginger dressing

Arugula and alfalfa sprouts salad with honey, mustard and ginger dressing

If you ask me what my favorite salad green is, I’d tell you it’s arugula. If you ask me what my second favorite salad green is, I’d say lettuce. If you ask me what kind of lettuce, I’d tell you any kind except iceberg lettuce. If you ask me what other vegetables I want in my salad, I’d say anything goes and my salad doesn’t necessarily have to have tomatoes and cucumbers in it.

What I hate to be absent in my salad is a little meat or fish and cheese. The meat doesn’t have to be bacon bits — it can be ham or grilled chicken. The fish doesn’t have to be cooked — smoked salmon is just dandy. The cheese? Parmesan is not required — it can be anything from soft creamy cheese like goat cheese to the briny and crumbly kind like feta.

What about salad dressing? What is my favorite salad dressing? I love a lot of salad dressings but let me tell you that vinaigrette is my least favorite. I like thick and creamy dressings — emulsions like Caesar salad dressing.

In short, when I eat salad especially if it is meant as a main course, I don’t want to get the feeling that I’m starving myself. This arugula and alfalfa sprouts salad is substantial, and full of textures and flavors. If I were serving this salad to someone with health issues, however, like my mother and my mother-in-law, I’d substitute cold ham or smoked fish for the bacon. But since this is for Speedy and me, bacon it is!

Recipe: Arugula and alfalfa sprouts salad with honey, mustard and ginger dressing

Ingredients

  • a good handful of torn lettuce
  • a good handful of baby arugula
  • a small handful of alfalfa sprouts
  • a cup of herbed croutons
  • crisp bacon (whole, diced or crumbled — your choice)
  • your favorite cheese, shaved

For the honey, mustard and ginger dressing:

  • 2 tbsps. of honey
  • 2 tbsps. of Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsps. of olive oil
  • juice from a quarter of a lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. of finely grated ginger

Instructions

  1. Arugula and alfalfa sprouts salad with honey, mustard and ginger dressing
  2. Rinse and dry the lettuce, arugula and alfalfa sprouts.
  3. Arugula and alfalfa sprouts salad with honey, mustard and ginger dressing
  4. Click here for instructions on making herbed croutons.
  5. Stir together all the ingredients for the salad dressing.
  6. Arugula and alfalfa sprouts salad with honey, mustard and ginger dressing
  7. Assemble your salad. Make the lettuce, arugula and alfalfa sprouts as the base. Scatter the herbed croutons on top and around them. Add the bacon and cheese. Drizzle the honey, mustard and ginger dressing over everything and enjoy.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

  • natzsm

    I will definitely try adding GINGER to my usual honey-mustard dressing next time.
    Just imagining it makes my mouth water.

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      Ginger makes a huge difference. Gives the dressing a kick.

      • Crisma

        I agree. Lately ko lang na discover what I’ve been missing all this time because of not using ginger often enough-

        • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

          Considering it’s so cheap in the Philippines, ‘no? :)

  • babysaffron

    Will try with ginger….need that extra punch.

  • Bambini

    Hello Connie. Do you have a creamy mango salad dressing recipe in your archives?

    • http://casaveneracion.com/ Connie Veneracion

      I think there is; I used it for samosas. Try the search bar. :)