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