Zucchini and Walnut Arugula Salad with Basil Vinaigrette {and $100 Food Network Store Giveaway}

(This post is sponsored by Fisher Nuts. I have been compensated for creating this recipe and for being part of the Fisher Fresh Thinker campaign. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.)
plate of arugula salad topped with walnuts and zucchini strips

We’ve entered the time of year where I am seeing requests for recipes using zucchini everywhere I turn. Zucchini seems to take over gardens, farmer’s markets and produce sections for a good part of summer and I love finding new ways to incorporate it into everyday recipes to keep things interesting.

When my kids were little, I always sliced a zucchini and sprinkled it with salt to give them as a snack on the counter while I cooked dinner. They never questioned what they were eating, and they finished up their healthy raw zucchini snack without complaining every single time (this made me so happy!!). I started eating it this way with them too and over the years started adding raw zucchini (and yellow squash) into salads more regularly. I think it makes a great healthy addition to a salad, especially when you add in some crunch from nuts and sweetness from raisins like in this Zucchini and Walnut Arugula Salad.

left picture - bag of Fisher walnut halves and pieces. right picture - zucchini strips on cutting board with knife and walnuts in backgroundWalnuts are one of my favorite nuts to throw into salads. They have a ton of flavor when roasted (or quickly toasted up in a skillet) but I find myself eating them raw more often due to a bit of laziness but more importantly for added health benefits. Whether they are roasted or raw, they are an absolute must in almost every salad I make, especially in the summer time!

plate of arugula salad topped with walnuts and zucchini strips

If you are planning a cookout this summer, this salad would be a perfect side dish to grilled fish, shrimp or chicken – or even better to offset some not so light summer grilled foods (I’m looking at you burgers, hot dogs and steaks). You can easily make the salad and the vinaigrette ahead of time and toss together right before serving. A little crumbled feta, or shaved Parmesan would be a nice way to kick up the flavor in this salad even more.

Enjoy!

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Zucchini and Walnut Arugula Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Zucchini and Walnut Arugula Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

  • Author: Aggie's Kitchen
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Blender

(This post is sponsored by Fisher Nuts. I have been compensated for creating this recipe and for being part of the Fisher Fresh Thinker campaign. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.)


Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 4oz bag baby arugula
  • 1 large zucchini, julienned
  • 1/3 cup chopped Fisher Nuts Walnuts (raw or toasted)
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • crumbled feta or shaved Parmesan, optional

For the vinaigrette:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/31/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • small handful of fresh basil leaves (about 12 large leaves)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • big pinch coarse salt and fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. To make the Basil Vinaigrette: Combine lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, basil, honey, salt and pepper in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds until emulsified. Set aside (on counter).
  2. To prepare salad: Place arugula on large serving plate. Top with freshly julienned zucchini, golden raisins and chopped walnuts. Dress the salad in vinaigrette (do not use all of the dressing, start with small amount and adjust to your liking) and gently toss right before serving.

Notes

Notes: Dried cranberries would be a tasty substitute for dried raisins, or try switching out pecans for the walnuts!

For more summer salad inspiration, check out Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s summer salad recipes on Fisher Nuts’ website.

(This post is sponsored by Fisher Nuts. I have been compensated for creating this recipe and for being part of the Fisher Fresh Thinker campaign. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.)

 

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