Today is officially the first day of spring! A big bright salad just screams springtime to me. This Blueberry Arugula Salad incorporates a bright green spring mix with fresh blueberries. Then we add in some goat cheese for creaminess & toasted sunflower seeds for a little extra crunch!
Just look at all of those colors! This is the kind of eating the rainbow that I can get behind!
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread sunflower seeds evenly across the top. Make sure they aren’t piled on top of each other or you will end up with some burnt & some not toasted. Lightly spritz with some olive oil. If you got the unsalted kind, you can sprinkle a little sea salt on top. If not, leave them as is. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Pop the sunflower seeds in for about 15-20 minutes. Check in on them every so often to make sure they aren’t burning. When they are done, sprinkle over your salad to add a nice salty crunch!
Now I think that the creaminess of the goat cheese & the juicy blueberries, combined with the salt and the crunch from the toasted sunflower seeds gives the salad enough flavor that you don’t need to use a salad dressing. If you are a die hard devotee to salad dressing, I would recommend opting for a light poppy seed dressing or a little bit of oil and vinegar.
I served this along side a meal for some friends & it easily fed the 6 of us. Another option is to portion it out with some grilled chicken for a healthy lunch meal prep for the week!
Although this is a favorite salad of mine, while I am pregnant & not able to eat the goat cheese, I have been substituting cottage cheese. It’s yummy but I am looking forward to getting back to goat cheese!
- 5 ounces spring greens
- 1 pint blueberries
- 2 ounces goat cheese
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- Wash greens & blueberries very well.
- Crumble goat cheese.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Spread sunflower seeds evenly across the top.
- Lightly spritz with some olive oil.
- Pop the sunflower seeds into the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
- Toss together the greens, blueberries, goat cheese & sunflower seeds.
- Serve with a poppy seed dressing or olive oil & vinegar.