One of the SAG Awards® Dinner Party Recipes

Each year at the SAG Awards®, we serve our A-List Hollywood guests an anti-pasta plate of food that has four mini-courses on it.  Here is one of the delicious dinner party recipes we served at this year’s SAG Awards®. This arugula salad recipe also appeared in the January 20th edition of People Magazine®.

Arugula Salad Recipe (serves 6)

4 large blood oranges
½ (5oz) package fresh arugula
15 large dried dates, pitted and halved
¼ lb. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper

  1. Peel the oranges and remove the white pith and then slice the oranges into ¼” pinwheels.
  2. Scatter half of the arugula on a large platter.  Arrange half of the oranges, dates and cheese over greens.  Repeat using remaining ingredients.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil.  Sprinkle lightly with Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.

At the SAG Awards®, we served this arugula salad recipe with an herbed crostini.  A crostini is a nice accompaniment to any plate and is easy to make and serve along with other dinner party recipes you may offer your guests.

Herbed Crostini (serves 6)

6 baguette slices, cut into pieces 8” long and ¼” thick
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
6 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Then, brush both sides of the bread slices with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet. (You may want to place parchment paper on top of the baking sheet to help the bread bake evenly.)
  2. Combine the cheese and herbs and sprinkle mixture evenly over the bread.  Bake for 7 to 8 minutes until crisp and golden.  Serve as a whole crostini on the top of or to the side of the salad.

Other items created by Suzanne Goin for this year’s SAG Awards® that were served to our guests were a king salmon with cucumbers, yogurt and ginger mint chutney, beluga lentils with carrots, pine nuts and feta and a slow-roasted lamb with chickpeas, black olives and feta salsa verde.  We served Dry Creek Vineyard wines (our red wine was created especially for the SAG Awards®), Voss water and Taittinger Champagne.

I hope you can use this arugula salad recipe created for the SAG Awards® as one of your dinner party recipes for your next special event or party.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical to all!

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