Delicious Arugula Salad With Candied Pecans & Dried Cherries

I came up with this delectable salad the other night while frantically trying to pull some sort of dinner.

After casting about wildly for a few minutes, inspiration struck — zucchini fritters! I got a batch of them sizzling in the cast iron skillet and turned back to the fridge where a nice big bunch of fresh arugula from our CSA caught my eye.

Fresh arugula from the garden by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

I had to keep it simple since the kids were hungry and it was almost time for the baby’s bath but I did take a few minutes to candy some pecans in butter, maple syrup, salt and garam masala. These candied pecans are the bomb! MWWAAHHH – I kiss my fingers at you in an Italian-style expression of appreciation for their deliciousness.

Arugula Salad With Candied Pecans & Cherries by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2013

Then I chopped some dried cherries, squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, salt and black pepper over it all and tossed it to ensure that the crunchy, spicy, sweet bites would be nicely mixed in with the lemony, peppery greens.

Lemony arugula salad with candied pecans & dried cherries by Eve Fox, the Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2013

A good meal was had by all. Hope you enjoy it, too.

Lemony Arugula Salad with Curried Candied Pecans & Dried Cherries
Serves 4


* Large bunch of arugula, washed and dried
* 1/2-3/4 cup candied garam masala pecans
* 1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped
* Juice of 1/2 lemon (you can add more if the lemon is not super juicy)
* A glug of olive oil
* Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


1. Make the candied pecans – the simple directions are here.

2. While they’re cooling, wash and dry the arugula then toss it with the olive, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste (adjust if you think it needs more lemon, oil, salt, etc.) Then throw in the cherries and the cooled pecans, toss again and serve!

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Natasha Salgado
Past Member 5 years ago

Sounds sooooo good! You can't go wrong--ever with a salad! thanks

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Eve, for Sharing this!

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

M. Squire.
Marie Squire5 years ago

thank-you, 4 this post

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

Vicky P.
Vicky P5 years ago

yum, have done something like that at home, all that except the pecans

Donna Ferguson
Donna F5 years ago

this sounds delicious

iveta cer
Iveta Cer5 years ago

Yum I love salads :)

Wim Zunnebeld
Wim Zunnebeld5 years ago

No, thx

Lynnl C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Beautiful photos