It has happened again. Life getting in the way of cooking. No one is home anymore - dinners have been haphazard (quesadillas at 9 pm) or takeout. It is our last year with a kid in school (K-12 anyway...) so I've volunteered for a ridiculous amount of stuff - sort of the last hurrah. Hubby has sort of given up on his gluten free eating - he was at it for a few months but didn't notice any difference other than some extra pounds (presumably from all my attempts at gluten free baking???). Since he was doing it for personal reasons and not medical reasons it wasn't a big deal to stop - but it certainly gave us an even greater respect and admiration for our friends who deal with multiple food allergies and sensitivities who can't just make that choice!
One thing I've made several times in the past weeks has been this salad. It is my take on the compressed manchego salad we had at Uva Bar in downtown Disney. It goes together quickly and it's a great combination of flavors. All of these amounts are flexible - use as much or as little as you like -
Arugula Salad with Manchego, Walnuts and Dates
1 bag prewashed arugula (I get it from Trader Joe's)
5 large dates, pitted and cut into small pieces
1/3 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 large apple (I like pink lady apples) cut into thin matchsticks
Coarsely grated manchego cheese - as much as you like
I toss this all together and drizzle with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper.