Thursday, May 31, 2012

Grilled Apricot, Gorgonzola, and Candied Walnut Arugula Salad


 Meet my new favorite summer salad. Last night was pizza night. And while pizza night usually means I eat waaaay too much pizza, this time all I cared about was this delicious salad. The next time you fire up the grill, be sure to throw some apricots on for your salad. Grilling makes sweet summer apricots even sweeter. Grilled apricots are the perfect compliment to salty Gorgonzola, peppery arugula, and crunchy candied walnuts.


I drizzled this salad with my favorite oil and vinegar: basil infused extra virgin olive oil and syrupy 25 year old balsamic from il Fustino. il Fustino is a Santa Barbara company, but you can  get their goodies online here. The pomegranate vinegar is another favorite of mine. 
I cannot recommend these oils and vinegars enough - they take salad to another level of deliciousness and are great for dipping bread, drizzling over strawberries, I could go on and on... 


Grilled Apricot, Gorgonzola, and Candied Walnut Arugula Salad
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Serves 6 

6 apricots, halved and pitted
3 cups arugula
Extra virgin olive oil
Good quality balsamic vinegar (il Fustino 25 year balsamic recommended)
1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
1/4 cup candied walnuts
Extra virgin olive oil
Good quality balsamic vinegar (il Fustino 25 year balsamic recommended)

Heat grill or grill pan over medium high heat. Drizzle apricot halves with extra virgin olive oil. Place on the grill and cook until dark grill marks appear, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat.

Place arugula in a salad bowl and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Toss to coat. Top arugula with cheese, walnuts, and grilled apricots.



25 comments:

  1. Perfection! What a beautiful summer salad!

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  2. Oh, grilled apricots. Tartlette was doing this and posted a photo and it made me so curious. With the sugared walnuts and your really good vinegar...oh my. And...I love the photo of the apricots.

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  3. This sounds amazing!!

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  4. This looks so delicious and healthy! I'm trying to eat more greens and this looks like a great way to make that happen.

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  5. I cannot wait to try this, especially because of the grilled fruit. Isn't it just the best in the summer. You can make anything better with a grilled fruit. I also like the simplicity, the colors, and the flavor combo. Thank you for sharing. I recently tried a cheese called Cambazola, of course very much like Gorganzola. I may try it with that!

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    1. I love Cambazola! That would be great too :)

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  6. That looks so good! I have the most freshest peaches right now and now I know what to do with them...

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  7. Feeling completely inspired by this post Marina, thanks! I just finished a lunch of a grilled plum salad with grilled red onions and goat cheese- because that's what I had on hand. It will definitely be making it to my blog soon- yum!

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    1. Yay! Grilled plums sound wonderful too!

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  8. Grilled fruit is definitely the best! And how can you go wrong with gorgonzola? : )

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  9. OH, I must try this! I love grilled fruit and nuts on a salad...mmmm!

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  10. i am tasting every bit of it thanks to your fabulous writing and photography skillz!

    and you have inspired me to put together my own basil infused olive oil--love your timing!

    smiles to you, gorgeous mama.

    michele

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  11. Marina,
    This salad sounds delicious and I'm thrilled to have the website address for the wonderful oils/vinegars. I have been wanting a new recipe for a salad that would incorporate fruit, nuts and cheese without preparing the tasty, but tired, crasins, candied pecans, feta and baby lettuce. Thank you.
    Karen

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  12. Marina, this salad sounds divine! Apricots are one of my favorite fruits, but I have never had them grilled; I recently made, though, grilled figs with goat cheese, honey and walnuts. Thank you for the inspiring recipe.

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  13. Such a gorgeous salad! I grill peaches all the time - I will definitely be trying grilled apricots soon!

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  14. Looks amazing--straight from a fancy restaurant!

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  15. I really can't wait for apricots! They're so delicious I don't know why I don't use them for more things when they're in season. All I remember doing with them last year was eating them fresh, haha. I love the idea of grilling them. Beautiful!

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  16. I planted arugula this summer and can't get enough of it. I will have to try this. I bet it would be great with grilled peaches too. Oh,your photos are so mouthwatering! What is your favorite olive oil?

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  17. What a salad. Such a wonderful collection of flavors.

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  18. This salad looks amazing! I have never tried apricot in a salad, but you have inspired me:-) I love arugula and it is very versatile. I have been having a lot of fun in the kitchen with arugula lately.

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  19. Marina, this salad + photos are dazzling!!! Love the idea of sweet grilled peaches with that tangy, rich cheese :)

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  20. What a perfect summer salad, Marina! Delicious! We even have an apricot tree:)

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  21. my kids have been LOVING apricots this summer. great salad idea:)

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  22. Anonymous11:20 PM

    We just had an impromptu patio dinner with friends... this salad and a couple of ribeye steaks and sourdough rolls were all we had.
    It was a wonderful meal!
    Thank you for the recipe!
    Tara Smith

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  23. This was a great light salad. Never would have thought to grill apricots, so I'm so glad I stumbled upon this recipe. It was delicious.

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