Did you make those delicious lamb meatballs with muhammara and are now craving all the ways to continue eating that flavorful sauce? Don’t worry, I’ve solved all your problems right here with this arugula salad. Okay, at least the muhammara one.

Check out this gorgeous salad! It combines my favorite leafy green, arugula, with walnuts, sliced roasted red pepper, and fresh mint for a bright, colorful, zesty salad that’s great as a side, but bold enough to stand on its own.

Let’s talk about arugula. Did you know that arugula is in the same family of vegetables as broccoli and cauliflower? Yep, it’s also a cruciferous vegetable. And you know from this post on the best ways to detox that cruciferous veggies are some of the most liver-supportive foods out there.

This leafy green is a great source of folate, a nutrient needed to reduce levels of inflammatory homocysteine in the blood. It also plays an important role in the development of red blood cells and supports proper nervous system function. Some research suggests that enzymes found in arugula can help relieve gastrointestinal ulcers.[1] Those are good enough reasons for me, but I also eat it because I love its peppery, zesty flavor. 

Okay, I’m ready to eat. Let’s make this arugula salad!


RECIPE: Arugula Salad with Muhammara Dressing | Paleo, Whole30, Low-Carb

Here’s what you need:

Here’s what you do:

  1. Place the arugula in a medium salad bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the parsley, muhammara, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil, and sea salt. 
  3. Toss the arugula with the dressing. Make sure you coat it evenly.
  4. Top your salad with walnuts, roasted red pepper, and mint. You could add a bit more lemon zest too, for a bright color and flavor.

 

If you’re making a fresh batch of muhammara, here’s what you need below:

Instructions: Combine all of the ingredients for your muhammara sauce in a food processor and blend until the mixture is smooth. 

RECIPE: Arugula Salad with Muhammara Dressing | Paleo, Whole30, Low-Carb

 


References:

[1] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090507101824.htm

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