Florida Strawberry and Arugula Salad with Candied Pecans is a simple yet positively delicious dish. It combines sweet strawberries from Florida with fresh, peppery arugula and crunchy candied pecans. This mix creates a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors in every bite. It’s an easy-to-make, healthy salad that’s not only tasty but also adds a colorful touch to your meal. Ideal for a quick lunch or as a side, this salad is a great way to enjoy Florida’s fresh produce.


  • 16 ounces Florida arugula, rinsed and drained
  • 1 dozen Florida strawberries, rinsed and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Florida honey
  • 8 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Candied Pecans
  • 2 cups Florida pecans
  • 3/4 cup natural Florida sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Preheat a pan on medium heat. Add the pecans and toast until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes. Add butter, sugar, and salt; stir to coat. Remove from pan and allow to cool. In a small jar combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, mustard, pinch of salt and pepper. Secure with lid and shake until vinaigrette combines. In a medium-sized mixing bowl add arugula and vinaigrette and toss to combine. Plate dressed arugula and evenly add the strawberries around the greens. Add the goat cheese and garnish each salad with candied pecans, serve chilled.

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