Best Simple Arugula Salad Recipe with parmesan dressing

This Simple Arugula Salad recipe is lemony and bright with shavings of salty parmesan strips tossed over a bed of peppery arugula. Even though there are not many veggies in it, you can still impress any guest with its elegant look, or shall we say (its posh yet simple look) with a sure to impress parmesan dressing.


When I told Ali (my hubby) that I had an arugula salad to go alongside dinner tonight, like always, he was excited to eat something fresh. when I served it to him and there were no sliced red tomatoes or squares of fetta cheese, he wasn’t so sure ( a little inside joke).

However, when he took his first bite, he said “Mmmmmm, wow, this is delicious”. 🙂

What’s the secret to having the best Simple Arugula Salad?

the best olive oil dressing for any salad recipe

The secret to having the best arugula salad that is epic and tasty enough to hold its ground without veggies is the dressing! It contains buttery olive oil, tart lemons, and salty, freshly grated, Parmigiano Reggiano.

How to Make the Best Simple Arugula Salad?

The best simple arugula salad with olive oil dressing in a glass bowl

First, wash and dry the arugula and any other additional lettuces using a salad spinner. I used a premade mix of arugula and baby spinach that was prewashed and ready to go. Stay away from larger leaves as they tend to be less tender.

Next, make the dressing. Add equal parts olive oil, and lemon juice, the zest of the lemon, freshly grated parmesan cheese, sweetener of choice like maple syrup. Finally, salt and pepper. Mix well until a homogenized dressing forms.


Are you ready to make a delicious epic Arugula salad? Let’s get started.

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simple arugula recipe

Simple Arugula Salad

  • Author: ashley
  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minute
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This Simple Arugula Salad is fresh, lemony and, more importantly, only a few ingredients are needed for this dish. Even though there are not many veggies in it, you can still impress any guest.



2  cups, packed Arugula

2 cups, packed fresh baby spinach

For the dressing

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (not the pre-grated stuff)

1 minced garlic clove

2 tsp pure maple syrup

1/4 tsp kosher salt

fresh ground pepper to taste

love (not optional) 🙂


Wash and thoroughly dry the arugula and baby spinach ( I like to use a salad spinner for this step). When ready, add into a large glass bowl. Let’s make the salad dressing.

Make the dressing

In a separate mixing bowl, add the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, freshly grated parmesan cheese, maple syrup, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix very well until a creamy homogenized dressing is formed.

Drizzle as much of the dressing you would like over the greens and give it a gentle toss with a pair of tongs being careful not to smash or bruise any leaves.

Garnish with thin-sliced Parmesan strips created using a vegetable peeler.

Serve with any main dish and enjoy right away.


Don’t have baby spinach? Use baby oak leaf lettuce, watercress, escarole, curly endive, or longleaf lettuce.

Don’t have maple syrup? Use agave nectar or honey.

  • Category: Salads
  • Method: handmade
  • Cuisine: American-Italian

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1 Comment

  1. Jess says:

    I was really looking for a light salad dressing. I gotta try this today…

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