• Arugula, Grape, and Almond Salad with Saba Vinaigrette

    Recipe by Suzanne Goin, Bon Appetit

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 pound seedless red or purple grapes
    • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
    • 1 tablespoon (or more) Sherry vinegar
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon saba or aged balsamic vinegar plus more for drizzling
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 pound arugula (about 8 cups)
    • 1/4 pound Roncal, Manchego, or Pecorino cheese, shaved with a peeler
    • 3/4 cup salted, roasted Marcona almonds, coarsely chopped

    Ingredient Info:

    Saba is available at specialty foods stores and ilmercatoitaliano.net. Marcona almonds can be found at natural and specialty foods stores and latienda.com.

    Instructions:

    Finely chop 7 grapes; transfer to a small bowl. Cut remaining grapes in half; transfer to another small bowl and set aside. Using a fork, mash chopped grapes in bowl into a purée. Stir in shallot, 1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar, and 1/4 tsp. salt and let sit for 5 minutes. Whisk in oil and 1 tablespoon saba. Season vinaigrette to taste with salt, pepper, and more Sherry vinegar, if desired.

    DO AHEAD:  Vinaigrette and halved grapes can be prepared 8 hours ahead. Cover and chill vinaigrette and grapes separately. Bring vinaigrette to room temperature and rewhisk before continuing.

    Combine arugula and halved grapes in a large bowl; drizzle with vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper. Toss salad to coat. Arrange salad on chilled dinner plates, dividing evenly. Scatter cheese and almonds over. Drizzle salads with more saba.

    Nutritional information
    9 servings, 1 serving contains:
    Calories (kcal) 210
    Fat (g) 16
    Saturated Fat (g) 4
    Cholesterol (mg) 15
    Carbohydrates (g) 8
    Dietary Fiber (g) 2
    Total Sugars (g) 5
    Protein (g) 8
    Sodium (mg) 300

     

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