Autumn Arugula Salad

This year, I’ll take a picture of the whole salad!

I love this salad as a first course in the fall, and it is my go to on Thanksgiving. Every year, I ask my family if they want me to mix it up and make something different, but the answer is always a resounding no. Just make sure you don’t get so full on salad, there is no room for turkey.

Feeds 6 for dinner (add grilled chicken or shrimp if you are missing a protein)
Feeds 12-15 for first course.

Salad ingredients:
3 bags pre-washed baby arugula
one large pack of grape tomatoes (cut in half)
2/3 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried, chopped figs
1/2 lb crumbled feta or goat cheese
chopped walnuts (candied are less healthy but delicious) or sunflower seeds

1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup natural maple syrup
3 tbsp dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste


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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness & Parenting Coach. She works with parents who want to feel more confident when helping their children and coaches young adults to help them better navigate college life and transitions. Contact her at to learn more. She is the author of two Audible Originals, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents and Worry Less, Parent Better. She is also the co-founder of the app that makes your life easier and puts social in a healthier place -- List'm.