A Sugar user recently asked for menu ideas for a romantic, yet healthy Valentine's dinner. A couple of days ago, I shared my recipe for the main dish, but for me dinner is not complete unless there is a salad to accompany the main course. After reading that arugula is considered a savory aphrodisiac, I knew I would make a salad featuring this dark and pungent green.
Also known as rocket, which might be why it is considered a food to get you in the mood, arugula is high in folate, a nutrient important for expectant mothers. I added pomegranate for a little color as well as antioxidants and fiber — a half a pomegranate offers about five grams of fiber. Top it all with a little goat cheese and some bosc pear and your have a lovely and romantic salad, plus you are well on your way to eating your five servings of daily fruits and veggies. To see my salad recipe, dressing and all, just read more.
3 large handfuls of arugula (or three cups)
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 Bosc pear, cored and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons soft goat cheese
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
A splash or two of low sodium soy sauce
Squirt of agave nectar
3 shakes of Tabasco
Salt and Pepper to taste
- Place vinegar and orange juice in a small bowl. Add olive oil, agave nectar, soy sauce, and Tabasco. Salt and pepper to taste. Whisk well.
- Dress arugula in a large bowl, then divide evenly onto plates.
- Arrange pear slices on mounds of arugula in a flower like formation
- Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and goat cheese.
- Serve with freshly grated black pepper.
Be sure to check out the other dishes I am serving for my healthy Valentine's dinner — spicy scallops and Mediterranean couscous. For more options, PartySugar has created her own Valentine's menu that won't break the scale.