Lara Katz: Dreaming Up Delicious


Keep It Simple Salad

Simplicity is Best When It Comes To This Salad

by: Lara Katz

Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple, in particular your salad.  If you are planning a big meal and want a salad on the side there is no need to make a complicated one, just throw together some fresh vegetables, toss with a vinaigrette and people will love it for its simplicity.  I love the combination of arugula for its spiciness, radishes for their crunch, cherry tomatoes for their tartness and avocados for their creaminess. The combination of these four vegetables in my opinion is perfection!

I think this is a great summer salad and one that goes well with grilled chicken and steak.  Feel free to use your favourite vinaigrette salad dressing or the one I have included in this recipe.  This salad would also taste great with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.


3 cups arugula, tightly packed
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
5 radishes, trimmed and cut into quarters
1 avocado, cut into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
¼ cup canola oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
 Whisk together vinegar, honey and lemon or lime juice in a bowl. Slowly whisk in canola oil, season to taste with salt and pepper.

 In a large bowl combine arugula, tomatoes, radishes and avocado. Lightly mix in dressing. Serve right away.

 Salad can be mixed in advance. Add dressing right before serving.

Makes 4 servings