Monday, February 14, 2011

Simple Arugula Salad

This week's Eat.Live.Be topic is about healthy advice from the experts.  Since I have been religiously checking food labels and avoiding processed foods, I will share the following links with information on the topic:
I just love Michael Pollan's advice to not eat anything that your great-great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food or ingredients that are unpronounceable/unrecognizable (see the Unhappy Meals link). 

I recently discovered David Rocco's Dolce Vita on the Food Channel and I love it!  He makes simple delicious Italian food and focuses on quality ingredients.  I saw him make an arugula salad with cubed pears, grana padano cheese and toasted pine nuts dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.   I made it right after watching the show since I was fortunate to have all of the ingredients in the house.   It was just delicious.  I recommend the show and the salad!




  1. Mmmm. That salad sounds delightful. And I think Michael Pollan has a great point. We take for granted our food in the stores, but it wasn't that long ago that if you wanted a cake, you made it. It's not such a bad idea.

  2. I love that saying too! I think about it all the time when I'm walking by our grocery store's "buy one get one free" bins. It's so tempting to want to get a FREE whatever but my great grandparent would not recognize any of that stuff.

    Love this simple salad! (Because I love pine nuts. Mmmm)

  3. I am going to widely quote Michael Pollan! And the salad is so special. Arugula has so much flavor. I have a huge arugula salad sitting in my fridge for lunches. I think I might just add a pear to that!

  4. Sounds like a great show and looks like a fantastic salad! Hope you're having a wonderful week, Jen!

  5. Simple is best, Jen. And I love the bite of arugula!

  6. The salad looks beautiful, Jen, and proves yet again that simple can't be beat. I hope you are having a great weekend. Blessings...Mary