I made this salad for our cooking club and it was a hit. It is good enough even the men in your life would eat it! (Just tell them it has bacon.)
Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 lb of bacon
4 oz goat cheese
1 bag baby arugula
2 Tbsp reserved bacon drippings
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp dijon mustard
pinch of salt
pepper to taste
olive oil (optional)
Cook bacon until desired done-ness, I like mine crispy. Reserve bacon drippings in a small bowl, set cooked bacon on paper towels until cool. In a medium frying pan, place 1 tablespoon of bacon grease and onions over medium heat. Cook onions until soft and caramelized. (You know how I love caramelized onions!) While those are cooking you can wash your arugula and dice your tomatoes. Then make your dressing: combine all ingredients in a small bowl or carafe. Shake or whisk until combined. Taste, if it has too strong of a bacon or vinegar flavor - add a tablespoon or two of olive oil.
Now your onions are done. Add to salad with dressing. Toss. Top with crumbled goat cheese.
If you want a little more substance: add some of your favorite shaped pasta!