Roasted Grape, Walnut And Feta Salad

Another tasty contribution from the latest (January 2015) issue of Cooking Light, this salad is perfect on a chilly winter evening accompanying whatever protein you’ve chosen for dinner. Just a handful of ingredients, and easy to fix. It’s a salad that’s got some sweet, some salty and some crunch. What more can you ask for?

These are the ingredients you'll need to prepare the roasted grape salad.
These are the ingredients you’ll need to prepare the roasted grape salad.

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups seedless red grapes

2 tsp olive oil, divided

1 Tbs balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts (it’s easy to find packages of chopped walnuts at your grocery store and toasting is simple, as seen below)

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground pepper

3 ounces arugula

1 ounce (about 1/4 cup) feta cheese

Preparation:

Let’s tackle toasting the chopped walnuts first. This is simple. You can either dry roast them or use a little olive oil massaged over the walnuts (a tsp or less) and toast them on a baking sheet for between five-10 minutes (I did seven minutes) at 350 degrees. Set them aside.

This is  what I bought at the grocery store.
This is what I bought at the grocery store.
The chopped walnuts measured out.
The chopped walnuts measured out.
The walnuts on the baking sheet.
The walnuts on the baking sheet.
A little bit of olive oil to help toast the walnuts.
A little bit of olive oil to help toast the walnuts.
Our walnuts going in for a toasting.
Our walnuts going in for a toasting.
The toasted walnuts out of the oven.
The toasted walnuts out of the oven.

Now for the grapes. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Rinse 1 and 1/2 cups of seedless red grapes and dry them.  Place them on a baking sheet that has been covered in tin foil (this makes for a very easy clean up).

Rinse the grapes well...
Rinse the grapes well…
Dry the grapes in paper towels.
…and dry them in paper towels.
The grapes measured out.
The grapes measured out.
Spread the grapes on your foil-covered baking sheet.
Spread the grapes on your foil-covered baking sheet.

Add 2 tsp of olive oil and 1 Tbs of balsamic vinegar to the grapes and coat the fruit well, using your hands.

The first of two tsp of olive oil that will provide a coating for the grapes.
The first of two tsp of olive oil that will provide a coating for the grapes.
Get your bottle of balsamic vinegar ready.
Get your bottle of balsamic vinegar ready.
Now pour your Tbs of balsamic vinegar onto the grapes.
Now pour your Tbs of balsamic vinegar onto the grapes.
The red grapes, well-coated with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, ready to go into the oven for roasting.
The red grapes, well-coated with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, ready to go into the oven for roasting.

Put the baking sheet into your 450 degree oven and roast the grapes for ten minutes. Take out and let cool for five minutes (Don’t freak out if some of the grapes look like they’ve lost some of their bright coloring).

The grapes going into the oven.
The grapes going into the oven.
After roasting for ten minutes, remove the grapes from the oven and let cool for five minutes.
After roasting for ten minutes, remove the grapes from the oven and let cool for five minutes.

Cut a lemon in half and squeeze as much as you need to produce two tsp of fresh lemon juice.

A fresh lemon.
A fresh lemon.
About to squeeze a lemon half.
About to squeeze a lemon half.
the lemon halves have been squeezed and we have more than enough juice.
The lemon halves have been squeezed and we have more than enough juice.

Rinse three ounces of arugula and place in a large bowl.

This is the arugula I bought at the grocery store.
This is the arugula I bought at the grocery store.
The arugula under the faucet for a good rinsing.
The arugula under the faucet for a good rinsing…
...and now placed into large bowl.
…and now placed into large bowl.

Add the roasted grapes and toasted walnuts.

The roasted grapes now nestled in a bed of arugula.
The roasted grapes now nestled on a bed of arugula.
The walnuts follow the grapes onto the arugula..
The walnuts follow the grapes onto the arugula.

Add 2 tsp of fresh lemon juice, one tsp of olive oil and 1/4 tsp each of salt and ground pepper to the salad. Toss the salad well to make sure that all of the ingredients are mixed together thoroughly.

Pouring the first of two tsp of lemon juice into the salad.
Pouring the first of two tsp of lemon juice into the salad.
We follow the lemon juice with one tsp of olive oil.
We follow the lemon juice with one tsp of olive oil.
The quarter of tsp of salt added into the mix....
The quarter of tsp of salt added into the mix….
...followed by the quarter of tsp of pepper.
…followed by the quarter of tsp of pepper.

Once you’ve mixed together all of the salad ingredients, all that is left is to top the salad with one ounce of crumbled feta cheese. Serve it and enjoy!

The crumbled feta.
The crumbled feta.
Here's about an oz of the feta.
Here’s about an ounce of the feta.
The final product:  roasted grape and toasted walnut and feta salad.
The final product: roasted grape and toasted walnut and feta salad.
Here is a portion of the salad plated, a great pairing with whatever you're serving for dinner.
Here is a portion of the salad plated, a great pairing with whatever you’re serving for dinner.

Nutritional Breakdown*:

Serving size: The recipe makes four servings, each equivalent to about two cups of salad.

Per serving: Cal: 145; Sat Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 207 mg

*For some reason, Cooking Light provides only a limited breakdown for this recipe of just calories, fat and sodium.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. This will be my new salad for the week! Thanks

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