Arugula Salad, Grapes, Marcona Almonds, and Manchego


Spanish ingredients in this salad adds a flavor profile that is unlike your typical salad. The vinaigrette uses aged balsamic vinegar, which is thicker and sweeter than the balsamic vinegar you would find in a grocery store. I finally decided to try my 10-year aged balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy (the capital of balsamic vinegar) for this simple and tasty greens. Perfect side for thanksgiving!

Arugula Salad, Grapes, Marcona Almonds and Manchego

Arugula Salad, Grapes, Marcona Almonds, Manchego

 Adapted from Bon Appetit


  • 1/2 lb seedless grapes
  • 1 tbsp minced  shallot
  • 1 tbsp Sherry  vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt plus more for  seasoning
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive  oil
  • 1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar (it is thicker and sweeter than usual vinegar because it is aged)
  • Freshly ground black  pepper
  • 1/2 lb arugula (5-7oz)
  • 1/4 lb Manchego, shaved with a peeler
  • 3/4 cup salted, roasted Marcona almonds, coarsely chopped


  1. Finely chop 7 small grapes, or 3 large 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 balsamic vinegar. 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.
  2. 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 balsamic vinegar.

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1 comment for “Arugula Salad, Grapes, Marcona Almonds, and Manchego

  1. Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie
    November 11, 2012 at 4:40 am

    This looks wonderful! I’ve been meaning to get my hands on a good aged balsamic as well, pricey as they are though. I love any salad that has contrasting flavors and textures and this one fits the bill perfectly!

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