Bread Salad with Grapes and Blue Cheese

A crunchy Bread Salad with Grapes and Blue Cheese and peppery arugula is perfect for a Spring or Summer BBQ or potluck.

This salad was a huge hit at our party! Bread Salad with Grapes & Blue Cheese and a Light Ranch Dressing Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Salad

What do you do when you have a plethora of bread and grapes?  Make it into a bread salad with a little arugula and blue cheese thrown in for good measure.  Why did we have so much bread and grapes?  I had been to Costco!  Yes, I even buy too much bread at Costco.  They really have fantastic bread.  I couldn’t make up my mind so I bought regular baguettes and  rosemary baguettes.  They come in packs of two so I had four loaves of bread.  Sounds kind of silly since there are only 3 of us in this family.  Slightly in my defense, my parents had been over for dinner.  Still …  As for the grapes, my little one has become quite a grape fiend since we have gotten back from a weekend in the North Carolina mountains.  I apparently thought she was going to eat two bags, total brain fade.  As my daughter would say, turn your brain on Mom.

This salad was a huge hit at our party! Bread Salad with Grapes & Blue Cheese and a Light Ranch Dressing Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Salad

The ingredients of the salad were so easy given what I had in the refrigerator.  The real trick was what dressing to use.  Should I go with a vinaigrette?  That just sounded boring.  I have been making lots of vinaigrettes lately.  I wanted something more inventive and a little more luxurious.  Why re-invent the wheel though when The Fountain Avenue Kitchen already had a spectacular Better for You Ranch Dressing.  Ann always uses fresh and healthy ingredients in her recipes.  Hopefully you saw her Guest Post, Basil Orange Edamame and Bean Salad.  If you didn’t, be sure to check it out.  You will love it!  Anyway, I loved the ease of her recipe and decided to try to cut out a little more oil.  We try to be very conservative with fat these days because of my husband’s heart disease.

This salad is a true winner not just because my husband and I loved it.  My little one loved it.  She is usually a salad hating machine.  If there is any type of lettuce she thumbs her nose at it.  She usually won’t even try it.  This time I told her it had ranch dressing on it.  She, not only, tasted it but went back for more.  My little salad hater was grabbing the salad bowl and sticking her fork in it to eat more arugula.  Yes!  She will, of course, deny that she ate and loved arugula now.  I’ll just have to break out the Better for You Ranch Dressing and she will be digging in again.  Let me know if this salad can turn your little salad hater into a salad lover, too.

This salad was a huge hit at our party! Bread Salad with Grapes & Blue Cheese and a Light Ranch Dressing Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Salad
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Yields 6 servings

Bread Salad with Grapes and Blue Cheese

40 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

    For Dressing: (adapted from Fountain Avenue Kitchen recipe)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. low fat buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. 2% fat Greek Yogurt - I used Fage
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. light mayo
  • 1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. minced chives
  • For Salad:
  • 9 oz. Crusty bread loaf, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • Pinch Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup grapes, halved
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 2 oz blue cheese, crumbled

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°.
  2. Lay bread in a singe layer on a baking sheet. Spray lightly with cooking spray. Turn bread over and lightly spray the other side. Sprinkle salt, garlic powder and pepper over the bread and toss to coat.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. You want the bread to be crisp like a crouton. Take out of the oven and set aside.
  4. For the dressing: Whisk together the buttermilk, yogurt, mayo, vinegar and water. Then whisk in the oil, salt and chives. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors come together.
  5. In a large bowl, toss together the bread, grapes, arugula and blue cheese. Drizzle the dressing around the outside of the salad and toss well. Serve immediately.
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Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Charlotte Moore says
    Have you read about coconut oil being so good for many health issues? I buy mine from Tropical Traditions. There is one that taste a bit like coconut, but one that doesn't. It is very healthy. The salad looks good.
    • Fooddonelight says
      Hi Charlotte, I've read good and bad about coconut oil. It is so confusing as you can find a food study to give you either side. I talked to my Father-in-law about it (He is a doctor) while he was here and he said once heated it loses all it's health benefits. I'm still on the fence.
      • Charlotte Moore says
        Never heard that before. I first heard of all the good it does from Tropical Traditions then it seemed everyone that has a whole foods blog is talking about it.
        • Fooddonelight says
          It definitely seems to be the food of the moment. I wish we could get better info about our food. It is so hard to know what studies to trust and what not to. Too many of them are done with an agenda. I think you just make the best decision you can for your own food needs.
  2. Your salad is beautiful and, I am quite sure, delicious! I love the use of my healthier ranch dressing here. Thank you for trying it!!
  3. Great recipe, I love salads and soups, will definitely make this one!!! By the way, I’m hosting a Link-Up party and would be thrilled if you decided to participate!!! http://dcinstyle.com/
    • Fooddonelight says
      Thanks Elena. I just loved this salad especially since my little loved it. I hope you like it too.
  4. That salad looks tasty! I love throwing some fruit in. Is there any other cheese you think would work well? I have a penicillin allergy, so blue cheese is a no go!
  5. You're the queen of salads!
  6. Beautiful Photo's! Thanks for sharing at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!
  7. What great flavors for this salad. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend! Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  8. You had me at bleu cheese!
  9. wow! So light and fresh! I've got to try this :)

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