Lemon Arugula Salad

This simple, speedy Lemon Arugula Salad is requires only a few simple ingredients and less than 10 minutes to make! I love serving it up as a vibrant veggie side to pair with veggie burgers, sandwiches, and pasta dishes.

Lemon Arugula Salad with shaved parmesan and black pepper

Hellloooooo arugula!

Lately I’ve been giving the kale a break and buying bunches of fresh baby arugula for my salads.

If you’re new to the veggie, Arugula is a super versatile leafy green with a slightly peppery and nutty flavor. It’s fantastic base for salads (the texture is just divine!) and also makes a delightful pesto, sandwich topper, pizza topper, and so much more! I adore it in warm grain bowls!

If you haven’t given this leafy green goodness a chance yet, now is the time!

I’ll help you get started with this easy peasy, super simple lemon arugula salad recipe. Let’s do this!

Lemon Arugula Salad Ingredients

  1. fresh arugula
  2. extra virgin olive oil
  3. freshly squeezed lemon juice (skip the bottled stuff for this salad)
  4. sea salt
  5. black pepper
  6. shaved parmesan cheese

Q: Can I add anything else to this salad?

You can absolutely add any extras your heart desires! Delicious options include toasted walnuts, sliced toasted almonds, fresh chopped tomato or halved cherry tomatoes, chickpeas (roasted until crispy or plain) and even toasted breadcrumbs. Have fun with it and let your taste buds be your guide!

In addition to lemon, arugula also pairs well with other citrus fruits, such as grapefruit or orange, to enhance its natural peppery taste. Mixing arugula with milder greens like spinach or massaged kale can be a great way to balance its flavor.

fresh baby arugula in a salad spinner

How to Make this Speedy + Simple Salad

I adore how easy it is to throw together! Here’s a little rundown of how to make this scrumptious lemon-kissed arugula salad in three easy steps:

Step 1: Wash and Dry Arugula

Use pre-washed arugula or rinse well, using a salad spinner or paper towels to dry the leaves.

Step 2: Combine Ingredients

Add arugula to a large serving bowl and drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss/mix to distribute the ingredients. Ensure even coating for a balanced flavor in every bite.

Step 3: Garnish and Serve

Use a vegetable peeler or a box grater to shave thin pieces of a quality Parmesan cheese. Add on top of the salad and serve. Additional salt and pepper may be added, to taste.

lemon parmesan arugula salad plate

Ready to dive into this stellar side salad recipe?

Here’s the printable recipe card!

If you get a chance to try this lemon arugula salad, let me know! You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

lemon arugula salad with parmesan

Lemon Arugula Salad

This simple, speedy Lemon Arugula Salad is requires only a few simple ingredients and less than 10 minutes to make! I love serving it up as a vibrant veggie side to pair with veggie burgers, sandwiches, and pasta dishes.
5 from 4 votes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Arugula Salad, Lemon Parmesan Arugula
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces arugula (I like using baby arugula)
  • ½ lemon (freshly juiced)
  • 3 TBSP quality extra virgin olive oil (one you enjoy the taste of)
  • tsp sea salt
  • tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to taste

Instructions

  • Wash and dry arugula. Use pre-washed arugula or rinse well, using a salad spinner or paper towels to dry the leaves.
  • Add arugula to a large serving bowl and drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss/mix to distribute the ingredients. Ensure even coating for a balanced flavor in every bite.
  • Use a vegetable peeler or a box grater to shave thin pieces of parmon top of the salad. Start with ⅓-½ cup and add extra to taste.
  • Toss and serve. Additional salt and pepper may be added, to taste.

Notes

This salad only requires a few ingredients. Since all the flavors really shine here, a quality olive oil and parmesan cheese will give you the absolute best and most flavorful restults!
This recipe yields 4 side salads. Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 163mg, Potassium: 155mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 883IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 120mg, Iron: 1mg

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  3. Easy Pea Pesto with Pistachio and Arugula
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About The Author:

Jenn Laughlin

Jenn Laughlin founded Peas and Crayons in 2009 after graduating with B.S. in Dietetics from Florida State University and working as a Nutrition Educator for WIC. The goal was simple: create and share delicious tested and perfected recipes with vegetables as the star! Peas and Crayons is know for veggie forward recipes that are colorful and crave-able.

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  1. 5 stars
    I had a package of arugula that needed to be used. Found this recipe and was blown away that something so simple tasted so good.