Sunday, June 16, 2013

#recipesfromtheheart Arugula Salad with Sundried Tomatoes and Mushrooms plus a Giveaway!

Arugula Salad with Sundried Tomatoes and Mushrooms

Huh? Two dishes within hours of each other? What's going on here?

Today's event is being hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita's Cocina. They teamed up with their blogger friends to help raise awareness and support for Cancer and Hospice today in memory of Kim's dad. We encourage everyone to read the posts and share their own experiences with cancer. We also would like to encourage everyone to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society and also to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Hospice was a key element during Kim's father's battle with cancer. They made it possible for Kim to care for him at home. So please show your support and donate if you can. You can also contact your local Hospice and donate directly to them if you wish. A little goes a long way!

If you wish, call it a side dish for the beer can chicken I published earlier. Oh, and there's a giveaway too! Details are below.

If I can be candid for a moment. I struggled with this for a while conceptually, but I committed to participate because I admire Kim so much. I have been lucky because my family hasn't had anyone die of cancer within my lifetime, because an easy way to relate a dish to cancer is to profile one that a victim loved. I finally found direction when I did some research on my own. The American Cancer Society noted that everyone should eat healthy but the importance is amplified for cancer patients. It recommends a diet of plant based foods, especially foods of varying colors, so I thought this salad would be perfect.

The Source

Taken from page 203 of Fabio's Italian Kitchen by Fabio Viviani with Melanie Rehak.


3 cups baby arugula
1 cup sundried tomatoes, coarsely julienned
1 cup button mushrooms, sliced thin
10 leaves fresh basil
1/2 cantaloupe, flesh scooped with a melon baller
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper


1. Whisk together both vinegars with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and dress with the vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

Important Information, Other Participating Bloggers and Giveaway Details

We are hosting a pinchatlive event on Saturday June 22 at 2 pm EST. The event will be live on G+ and also on Pinterest. You can join us by following along on G+ Hangouts on Air, and also by following the Pinterest Board #recipesfromtheheart. The winner of the KitchenAid Stand Mixer and Ice Cream Attachment will be announced live. There are bonus prizes up for grabs during the pinchatlive for those who participate in it. We're giving away 1 Vanilla Infused Box Set, 1 Lemon Infused Box Set and a $30 Amazon Gift Card. So make sure you join us for this event!

Before I get to the giveaway details, please check out the other participating bloggers in this special event:

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Home-made Strawberry Topping by Cravings of a Lunatic
Chili Verde by Juanita's Cocina
S'Mores Brownies in Jars by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Dark Chocolate and Orange Muffins by The Dutch Baker's Daughter
Boston Cream Pie by Pass The Sushi
My Fathers Day Recipe Round Up by Curry and Comfort
Tropical Smoothie by Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
Mini Gugelhupf by Masala Herb
Sauteed Strawberry and Sugarsnap Salad by Cook The Story
Cranberry Cashew Breakfast Muffins by In Fine Balance
Arugula Salad with Sundried Tomatoes and Mushrooms by Crazy Foodie Stunts
Spicy Beef Sliders by Katie's Cucina
Thai Red Curry Soup by Damn Delicious
Suman (Sweet Rice and Banana Leaves) by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Fresh Vegetable Salad by White Lights on Wednesday
Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sundae by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Cinnamon Chip Cookie Butter Bars by The Messy Baker
Berry/Cherry Fro-Yo Ice Cream by Cookistry
Honey Beer Bread by Hungry Couple
Cinnamon-Chocolate Chip Pancakes by The Spiffy Cookie
Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars by Sweet Remedy
Cookies and Cream Brownies by Cooking in Stilettos
Blueberry Lemon Cake by Roxana's Home Baking
Angel Cake by Ninja Baking
Knit (or crocheted) Grey Brain Cancer Mustache Pin by Knit, Purl, Damn!

Enter for your chance to Win an Artisan® Series KitchenAid®  Stand Mixer in the color of your choice (there are 26 to choose from) as well as an Ice Cream Maker Attachment. A sweet choice for all,  this creative attachment features the largest ice cream bowl capacity in the industry. Prepare 2 quarts of ice cream, sorbet, gelato or other frozen desserts. We're pleased to announce the giveaway is open to Canadian residents, as well as U.S. Residents. Winner will be chosen and announced during the pinchatlive event, described below. Winner will also be notified via email and has 48 hours to respond. If winner does not respond another winner will be chosen. 1 Stand Mixer and 1 Ice Cream Attachment are being given away as a group, not 1 per blog just to be clear for our readers. 

There are bonus prizes for the pinchatlive event. We are giving away 1 Vanilla Infused Gift Box Set, 1 Lemon Infused Gift Box Set and a $30 Amazon Gift Card.  In order to participate in this event follow the Pinterest Board #recipesfromtheheart. Hop on the Pinterest board on June 22 at 2 pm Est to follow along. We'll ask questions and those who comment are entered to win the bonus prizes. There will be a G+ Hangout on Air during the event as well. Winners of the pinchatlive event must be Canadian or U.S. residents.
Visit and click on the “More than a Mixer” tab to explore all 12 attachments available for the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer.

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  1. I know that aragula has some amounts of antioxidants so adding this leaf to the salad was quite smart. Cantaloup is such a summer like melon, it makes one happy and if somebody is happy then it is already the first step to prevention. thank you for sharing!

  2. oh wow this recipe looks wonderful! Love the idea of an arugula salad!

  3. Brioche for all these freshly picked berries!

  4. I'm glad your family has not been affected by cancer...that's a good thing! Focusing on healthy eating is an excellent way to stave off many ailments...and I'd love your delicious salad on our menu.

  5. I'm not sure where my comment went, but your salad looks like a fabulous way to add some healthy nutrients to your diet. And deliciousness, too!

  6. Wow that looks so yummy! Fabulous giveaway too, I would love to make some fresh mint ice cream!

  7. Thank you for participating in this event and showing us something healthy to help us all along the way. :) The salad looks delicious. :)

  8. You know, I don't think I've had arugula. I think I would like it as a salad because I'm not a fan of iceberg lettuce but love all of the other leafy greens. Love the addition of mushrooms (since I love mushrooms)

  9. This looks amazing. I am happy that event - #recipesfromtheheart - introduced me to your blog. Following you now.

  10. Love the shout-out to a plant-based diet! I think so important to staying healthy. This salad looks amazing. Arugula is one of my favourite salad greens. Well, favourite greens period. I love it cooked too.

  11. Awe, I am so touched by your kind words mister. That got me all choked up. I think it's awesome you did research and came up with a healthy recipe to share. Plant based diets are great for so many reasons. I know for me they say to eat a diet rich of them to keep colon cancer at bay. We have it in our family and they test me every couple of years. I have trouble with dark greens but I can eat just about everything else. I totally dig this and thank you so much for your friendship and support. It means the world to me.

  12. Glad to hear that you have not been affected by cancer, so wish more people could say that! This salad looks wonderful!


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