This arugula and pear salad with reduced-fat lime cilantro vinaigrette is filled with flavor and phytonutrients, and can be made in minutes.

Doesn’t it always seem like salads are better when someone else makes them?

I recently had dinner at Kaya, a Pittsburgh restaurant specializing in Caribbeans cuisine. Let me tell you about the Field Green Salad they serve on their dinner menu; it is fabulous! Such a simple salad, yet filled with so much flavor. I decided that replicating their cilantro lime vinaigrette was my next challenge. Off to the grocery store I went.  Fresh cilantro and lime were in the cart.

As much as I love cilantro, I’d never used it as an ingredient for homemade salad dressing.  After many failed attempts, I finally found the right ratio of ingredients to call it a light (reduced-fat) dressing without sacrificing taste. One tablespoon is only 5 grams of fat and goes a long way.

This salad includes a mix of many flavors: Arugula, Feta Cheese, sunflower seeds and my version of lower-fat lime cilantro vinaigrette dressing. I love this flavor combination and I hope you will too!

Arugula and Pear Salad with Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette

This arugula and pear salad with reduced-fat lime cilantro vinaigrette is filled with flavor and phytonutrients, and can be made in minutes.
Author: Heather Mangieri, RDN

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Arugula
  • 1/4 cup Reduced Fat Feta Cheese
  • 1/2 Pear
  • 1 tbsp Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Lime Cilantro Vinaigrette
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice Dressing Recipe
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic Dressing Recipe
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar Dressing Recipe
  • 1/4 tsp Salt Dressing Recipe
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil Dressing Recipe
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Cilantro Dressing Recipe

Instructions

  • Mix arugula, sunflower seeds and dressing in a mixing bowl. Toss well. Transfer the coated greens to a bowl or plate. Top with sliced pear and feta. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Nutrition Facts: 250 calories, 20 g. carbohydrates; 6 g fiber, 15 g. fat,11 g. protein.
  • Meal Planning Servings: 1.5 CHO; 1.5 PRO; 3 FATS

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