This arugula salad with grapes and sunflower seeds is delicious change from your usual salads!
Arugula, grapes and sunflower seeds are dressed in vinaigrette sweetened with honey and maple syrup. This salad is loved by kids and adults!
This arugula salad is great year round, but it is especially nice in the fall. It's the perfect transition from the tomato and cucumber filled salads of summer to the heartier winter salads.
The bitter arugula pairs beautifully with the sweet grapes and the nutty sunflower seeds. A honey and maple sweetened vinaigrette ties it all together!
I've been making this recipe since 2009 when I found it in an old Cooking Light Annual.
- Arugula - you could also use any other baby lettuce. Dandelion greens would match the bitterness of the arugula, but really any lettuce you like will work. If you have any extra arugula, be sure and try our Arugula Salad with Pears and Prosciutto.
- Grapes - I used purple, which makes for a nice contrast on the green arugula. You could also use green grapes.
- Sunflower seeds - toasted. I buy raw and toast them myself, since the already toasted ones usually are salted.
- Red wine vinegar, honey, maple syrup, mustard and olive oil. You can really use whatever your favorite vinaigrette is, though I encourage you to try this one - it's so good!
Step by step instructions.
In a mason jar with a liquid tight lid, add the red wine vinegar, honey, maple syrup, stone-ground mustard and extra virgin olive oil. Shake until combined and emulsified.
Alternatively, you can combine the vinegar, honey, maple syrup and mustard in a small bowl. Slowly whisking in the oil until combined.
Halve the grapes and toast the sunflower seeds.
In a large bowl combine the arugula with the grapes and sunflower seeds. Drizzle the vinaigrette over it, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss!
This arugula salad (or rocket salad) is so good!
What I also love about it, besides how delicious it is, is that it's so easy to change it up!
You can sub apples, pears, or berries for the grapes. Change up the nuts - use walnuts or pecans. Really the options are endless!
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Arugula Salad with Grapes and Sunflower Seeds
- In a large bowl, combine the arugula, sunflower seeds and grapes. Drizzle with the vinaigrette and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.