This salad is one of the recipes in my Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner Series!  Green Apple and Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese and Sugared Walnuts is a perfect addition to the “World Tour Week’s” Menu! 

green apple and arugula salad with blue cheese and sugared walnuts


A combination of crisp, tart apple, blue cheese and sugared walnuts make a simple arugula salad extra-special for any weeknight!  Fast and easy, this Green Apple and Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese and Sugared Walnuts is full of fabulous flavor.

I love the sophisticated combination of bitter greens, tangy apples, rich blue cheese and sweetened nuts all in one salad!  I personally favor a less pungent variety of blue cheese, like gorgonzola, but just choose your favorite for this recipe.

You’ll find the recipe card for Green Apple and Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese and Sugared Walnuts at the bottom of this post.


green apple and arugula salad with blue cheese and sugared walnuts

This salad is served on the last day of my World Tour Week’s menu.  It’s goes with Roman Gnocchi with Mediterranean Vegetable Sauce using leftover Overnight Thyme Parmesan Polenta.  What did you eat with the polenta for Thursday’s dinner?  I shared the picture with you below!

Keep reading to see what’s on the rest of the World Tour Week’s menu.  If you’re serious about eating fabulous dinners all week long, then you’ll love my Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner Series.



weekday gourmand's meal plannerI’m thrilled to introduce you to a new series I’ll be featuring here at Ingredients For A Fabulous Life.  The Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner features 7 days of gourmet dinner menus, not just one recipe per day.

Periodically I’ll add a new week of fresh and creative gourmet menus and recipes for you to try at home.  I think you’ll love the “Weekday Gourmand” meal planning concept I’ve come up with for you.

Not only do you eat fabulous meals every night, my menu plans are created to use up all your ingredients too!  Yes, you’ll need some pancetta for WEEKNIGHT BEEF BOURGUIGNON and HARICOTS VERTS WITH SHALLOT- PANCETTA BUTTER on Thursday. 

But you’ll use up the rest making CRISPY PANCETTA RICE CAKES WITH TOMATO BASIL RELISH the very next day.  It’s just that simple!


Check out the entire Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner “WORLD TOUR WEEK” menus:

  • MONDAY – Char Siu Chinese BBQ Pork, Rice w/Green Onions & Almonds, Roasted Asian Broccoli
  • TUESDAY – Mushroom Butternut Barley Risotto, Pineapple Spears with Salted Caramel Sauce & Toasted Almonds
  • WEDNESDAY – Steamed Chinese BBQ Pork Bao Buns or Pan-Fried Chinese BBQ Pork Dumplings, Simple Asian Slaw
  • THURSDAY – Weeknight Beef Bourguignon, Overnight Thyme-Parmesan Polenta and Haricots Verts with Pancetta-Shallot Butter
  • FRIDAY – Crispy Pancetta Rice Cakes with Tomato-Basil Relish, Cranberry Caramel Baked Apples
  • SATURDAY – Beef Bourguignon Barley Soup, Blue Cheese Toasts
  • SUNDAY – Roman Gnocchi with Mediterranean Vegetable Sauce, Green Apple & Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese and Sugared Walnuts


beef bourguignon with polenta and green beans on platter 



So, now you’ve got an arsenal filled with 15 fabulous weeknight gourmet recipes.  That’s great, but how do you work the “menu plan” itself?

I created my printable Weekday Gourmand’s 9 Page Meal Planner to help you execute the entire week of menus.  Here’s what it contains, and how it will help you have a stress-free week of gourmet meals.  I’ve done all the thinking, planning and calculating for the whole week’s menu, so you won’t have to.  weekday gourmand's menu planner

  • “World Tour Week” Menu with Reused Ingredient Notations
  • Grocery Shopping Checklist with quantities noted
  • Post-Grocery Shopping Meal Prep Tasks to keep weeknights simple
  • Daily Meal Prep List
  • “Next Day’s Meal” Tasks to give you a head start on tomorrow’s dinner
  • Meal Planner Worksheet for you to make notes and help plan your week
  • Custom “Weekday Gourmand” 5″ x 7″ blank recipe cards because I love my readers!



Want to read more about the “WEEKDAY GOURMAND MEAL PLANNER” ?


Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner – World Tour Week Menus


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green apple and arugula salad with blue cheese and sugared walnuts

Green Apple and Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese & Sugared Walnuts

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A lovely combination of crisp, tart apple slices, blue cheese and sugared walnuts make a simple arugula salad extra-special for any weeknight meal! Fast and easy, but full of fabulous flavor.


  • 1/2 cup whole walnut pieces
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, sliced
  • 3 cups arugula, torn
  • 1 cup spinach, torn
  • 1/3 cup red onion, long slices
  • 1 cup blue or gorgonzola cheese, crumbled


  1. Cover a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment or wax paper.
  2. In a small, non-stick skillet, add the brown sugar and butter over medium heat, stirring until sugar is completely melted. Add walnuts, stirring to coat. Cook and stir the walnuts for 1 more minute. Pour nuts onto parchment paper, separate and let dry.
  3. Core the apple and slice thinly.
  4. Arrange salad greens, apple slices and onion on a platter. Sprinkle with cheese and top with sugared walnuts.
  5. Serve with dressing of your choice.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 352Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 37mgSodium 428mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 4gSugar 21gProtein 11g
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