Serenbe Style and Soul

with Marie Nygren



October 2009



Nathalie’s Arugula and Herb Salad

Written by , Posted in marie nygren, nathalie dupree, Recipe Articles, serenbe, Southern Chef Series

Here is one of the wonderful recipes from Nathalie that we cooked during our Southern Chef Series. I know you will enjoy it as much as we did!
Nathalie Dupree’s Arugula and Herb Salad

  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  • 4 dried figs, cherries, or cranberries
  • 1-2 Bosc pears
  • 8 cups wild and/or fresh arugula, baby spinach, Bibb and/or Boston lettuce
  • 1 cup lemon balm leaves, mint, thyme, and/or basil
  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecan pieces (optional)
  • 3/4 cup croutons (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sliced or roughly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Whisk vinegar and mustard together; add salt and pepper. Gradually whisk in olive oil until dressing is emulsified. Cut off tough parts of figs and chop into small pieces. Peel and core pears and slice. Add fruit to dressing to soften figs and keep pears from turning color. Toss cleaned and stemmed greens and herbs together and set aside. Just before serving, add dressing to greens gradually, spooning in fruit. Toss until leaves are coated but not soggy. Taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary. Toss well with pecans, croutons, and cheese.


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