Warm Ravioli and Arugula Salad w/ Shallot Dijon Vinaigrette

This is one of my favorite recipes I found on eatingwell.com! It’s simple, clean and so very tasty. Yum Yum. You can enjoy the cozy flavor of ravioli but it’s also very light with the peppery arugula greens mixed in. Enjoy it as a potluck dish, a side, lunch or light dinner. Leftovers eaten cold the next day are delicious as well!

-Mel

Health tips: Low fat, vegetarian, heart healthy

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 lb. fresh or frozen cheese ravioli (Whole wheat is even better.)
  •  1 large clove garlic (or 2 smaller cloves), grated or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus small pinch for boiling ravioli
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 6 cups arugula (The mixed arugula and spinach packages work well too.)
  • 1/2 cup shaved Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese (Tip: Use a vegetable peeler to shave elegant curls off a block of hard cheese. If you prefer pre-grated cheese, that is fine as well.)

Steps

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, with a small pinch of salt and drizzle of olive oil (This helps ravioli from sticking when drained). Cook ravioli until tender, 7 to 9 minutes or according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, mash garlic and salt into a paste with the side of a knife or back of a spoon.
  3. Drain the cooked ravioli. Using the same pot (to save dishes), heat oil over medium heat. Add the garlic paste and shallots and cook, stirring often, until just starting to brown and soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in vinegar, mustard and pepper; remove from the heat.
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  6. Place ravioli in a large serving bowl and toss with arugula and warm vinaigrette dressing. Arugula will start to wilt a bit. Serve with shaved cheese on top, and freshly ground pepper if desired. Enjoy!
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