While the rest of the country is still deep in snow and cold, we here in San Diego are having unusually warm weather. It’s been in 80’s last 3 days and it feels like the summer is already here. Because of the glorious weather, I decided to make something light and refreshing for lunch the other day. This salad is a flavor explosion in a bowl! Peppery arugula, earthy artichoke hearts, salty Pecorino Romano cheese, and mildly sweet, nutty pine nuts. The zesty lemon vinaigrette is a great dressing to compliment the flavors and brighten it up a bit with the citrus. Perfect to serve with grilled chicken or turkey!
Artichoke Salad with Pecorino Romano Cheese, Pine Nuts and Lemon Vinaigrette
4 oz pecorino Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, thinly shaved
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
Salt, pepper to taste