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simple arugula recipe

Simple Arugula Salad

  • Author: ashley
  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Total Time: 38 minute
  • Yield: 4-6 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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