Mozzarella and Arugula Salad with Croutons and Black Olives
Recipe created by Michelle Wildgen
Servings: Serves 4
  • 2 Tbsp. plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 thick slices crusty bread , cut into 1/2-inch cubes (or 8 thin slices)
  • 1 tsp. finely minced shallot
  • 1/2 tsp. salt , plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper , plus more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. sherry wine vinegar
  • 1 large bunch (about 8 cups) arugula , ends trimmed, washed, dried, and chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup black olives (preferably oil cured), pitted and halved
  • 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella at room temperature, sliced
To make croutons: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet until simmering. Add bread and fry, tossing until crisp and golden on all sides. Set aside to cool slightly.

To make dressing: In a small bowl, combine minced shallot, salt, pepper, and vinegar. Whisk in 1/4 cup olive oil.

Toss arugula with dressing in a large bowl. If desired, add more salt and pepper to taste. Divide greens among 4 plates. Scatter olives and croutons over each plate, then lay mozzarella slices on top.