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Arugula salad in a large white bowl with two serving forks.

5 Minute Lemon Arugula Salad

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 4 min
  • Cook Time: 1 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American


This easy lemon arugula salad is ready in just five minutes!



For the dressing (makes ¼ cup):

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salad:

  • 4 heaping cups fresh arugula
  • 2 ounces shaved parmesan cheese (or crumbled feta, blue, or goat)


Make the dressing:

Assemble the salad:


Substitutions. Use balsamic vinegar, lime juice, or apple cider vinegar in place of the lemon juice in the dressing. Use goat cheese, feta, or blue cheese instead of parmesan. Swap fresh spinach or kale for some or all of the arugula here.

Mix-ins and Additions. This salad is a great blank canvas recipe! Add fruit (berries, sliced peaches, apples, or pears, tomatoes, avocado), extra veggies (roasted squash, corn, bell pepper) or protein (salmon, shrimp, chicken, bacon, beans, hard boiled egg). Add some nuts (walnuts, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds) for extra texture.

Strict vegetarians should look for parmesan cheese made without rennet.

Keywords: summer, side dish, vegetarian