Fall-Themed Salad feat. Grapes

Hellooooo out there!

Just kidding, it’s me who went to the grave for awhile.  Moving keeps one occupied for long amounts of time.

It’s that time of year again… school has started.  And with it goes the luxury of eating lunch out all the time.  So, in need of some new ideas for packed lunches for myself, I threw this little puppy together!

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Behold: grapes, avocados, arugula and red onions, partying it up with feta chunks.  That’s all!  This is so satisfyingly sweet and savory at the same time.

Of course, the dressing is the bow on the package.  I basically winged it, but it also features a special ingredient: white balsamic vinegar!  Have you ever tried it before? It tastes a lot like the balsamic I’m sure you’re aware of, but it isn’t as strong or pungent to me. I had never heard of it until I came across someone else’s post where this salad drew its inspiration.  Thanks, Ali of Gimme Some Oven!  You taught me something excellent!

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Ingredients

1 avocado, cubed
Red or green grapes, roughly the same number as avocado chunks (I like red for color reasons, mostly)
Arugula
1/5 red onion, roughly chopped
1/3 cup feta cheese chunks (goat cheese would also be good!)
Black pepper to taste
Salt to taste
3 Tbsp Olive oil
3 Tbsp White Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 tsp honey, agave or sugar (I recommend honey!)

Instructions

Chop your avocado and onion, and slice your grapes in half.  Protip: buy a block of feta instead of pre-chunked/crumbled.  It’s about half the cost and it’ll last you much longer!  Toss with arugula.

For the dressing: Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey salt and pepper.  Adjust oil and honey if you want to cut the vinegary taste.

Drizzle over salad and float away into a little piece of vine-based heaven.

Difficulty: A baby can do it!   Moderate abilities will carry you to success   This recipe is balls-to-the-wall.
Total Time: 15 minutes
Overall food rating: A-.  Avocados and olive oil provide healthy fats and leave you feeling full.  The grapes have some vitamin C and antioxidants, and are a natural source of sugar.  Opting for red onions provide you with some extra teensy bumps in vitamins, and, while I’m not sure about the health benefits of vinegar, I’m sure it’s the nectar of the gods.  The cheese is in small amounts here, so we’ll give it a pass.
Cost efficiency:  $14.47 ($3.47/serving… probably more), assuming you bought every ingredient except olive oil.

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