VIDEO: Learn How To Make Sweet, Simple Florida Arugula, Berry and Citrus Salad

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Florida Arugula, Berry and Citrus Salad Ingredients:

Arugula and Florida Berry Salad

  • 16 ounces arugula, rinsed and drained
  • 1 dozen Florida strawberries, rinsed and sliced
  • 1 cup Florida orange, peeled and segmented
  • 8 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Candied Pecans

  • 2 cups Florida pecans
  • ¾ cup natural Florida sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


    1. Pre-heat a pan on medium heat.
    2. Add the pecans and toast until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes.
    3. Add butter, sugar and salt; stir to coat.
    4. Remove from pan and allow to cool.
    5. In a medium-sized mixing bowl add arugula, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper; toss to combine.
    6. Plate the dressed arugula and evenly add the citrus and berries around the greens.
    7. Add the goat cheese and garnish each salad with candied pecans, serve chilled.


#FreshFromFlorida strawberries are in season! Learn how to make a sweet & simple side salad.