Posted by: Hallie | March 15, 2009

BSI Entry: Arugula with Strawberries and Balsamic-Shallot Vinaigrette

For my BSI: Strawberries entry, I decided to recreate a salad that I’ve gotten a few times at The Prado, a really great yet somewhat pricey restaurant here in San Diego. Their recipe is a pressed arugula salad with sherry-shallot vinaigrette, and it contains strawberries, figs, candied walnuts, shaved Parmesan cheese, and strawberries. For my version, I used pine nuts and a easy homemade balsamic vinaigrette (I didn’t want to buy sherry vinegar). It came out really yummy!

Arugula Salad with Strawberries and Balsamic-Shallot Vinaigrette

Salad ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1.5 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 tbsp feta or goat cheese (optional; I left this out of course)

Vinaigrette ingredients:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 medium shallot, sliced thinly
  • pinch each salt and pepper


  1. Toast pine nuts in a small skillet over medium-low heat until they start to get brown, about 5-7 minutes. Shake the pan around every once in awhile and don’t let them burn!
  2. Meanwhile, mix together dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Layer your salad in the following way: romaine lettuce, strawberries, pine nuts, dressing, and cheese (if using). (you can let the nuts cool first, but I was impatient).
  4. Serves 1. There isn’t a lot of dressing here, so use more oil/vinegar if you like more dressing.

arugula strawberry salad

With this recipe I learned:

  • Pine nuts make anything taste better. I knew that already but this reinforced it. They are somewhat expensive, though.
  • Recreating restaurant dishes doesn’t have to be scary. This tasted pretty similar to Prado’s salad, probably because the shallot, strawberries, and arugula have such distinct flavors.
  • “Bitter” salad greens like arugula are so perfect with fruits or sweeter dressings. The little bit of romaine helped balance out the strong flavors of the other ingredients.


  1. YUM!!!!! That looks fantastic!!

  2. Got it!!

  3. With all the great strawberry bsi recipes floating around, I’m so sad I’m allergic. Your salad looks amazing!

  4. Yum, that looks so good!

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