A Simple Arugula Salad That Goes With Everything!

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If you’ve always struggled with making a salad to go with your meal, you must try this arugula salad that goes with everything. It’s simple, with a delicious dressing, and can be paired with most meals! It’s a great easy everyday salad that is perfect for alfresca dining!

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I had to share this incredibly easy arugula salad with you all because it literally goes with every meal! It’s truly nothing new, but I wanted to share because I recently realized that it goes with so many meals and it’s made my life easier in the vegetable salad area.

Here’s the deal… I like to cook meals when I entertain, but I literally always forget the salad. I just don’t like making a salad and it feels like a hassle, but then I hate not serving any greens to guests.

I love eating fancy salads when we’re out, but I rarely make them at home. By the time the main dish is ready and I want to serve it, I pretty much just forget about the salad! So….

Serve this salad with our ham and cheese sliders for a super simple meal!

ingredients in a salad arugula and parmesan

How To Make This Arugula Salad – Step By Step

  • In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Stir and set aside.
  • Add the arugula greens in a salad bowl, pour the dress over the top before serving.
  • Toss to coat the greens.
  • Add the cheese over the top. 

An Easy Side

The salad tastes fresh with lemon and olive oil. The arugula has a pepper taste to it and the parmesan adds a little richness. You can buy shaved parmesan at the store, so no need to shave a chunk of parmesan. It also goes with our One Pot Parmesan Risotto nicely! If you’ve always struggled with the salad portion of the meal, I hope this inspires you!

This Salad Goes Really Well With Everything!

I realized I’ve been gravitating to this super easy arugula salad and how it actually goes with everything. It’s made my life easier! I’ve made it for brunch several times and served it with frittata, waffles bacon, and creme fraiche.

I’ve also made it with pot roast, pasta, lobster rolls, risotto, meatballs, scallops… you name it! It literally goes with everything and it’s the best darn three ingredient salad ever. It’s as easy as, pouring a bag of pre-washed arugula in a bowl, adding the two-ingredient dressing over the arugula, and then topping it with shaved parmesan and cracked pepper.

There is no chopping or extra vegetable washing. That is it my friends. You can make this no-fuss salad as a side dish with any of your main dishes.

pouring homemade dressing over arugula salad in a white bowl.

Health Benefits Of Arugula

Arugula has a lot of health benefits too, so you feel good eating it. It’s in the same family as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. It also cleanses and detoxifies the body, it’s hydrating and can help you digest food better.

For the dressing (recipe below) I mix good olive oil with freshly squeezed lemon juice, add a little salt and pepper and pour it over the arugula.

I once used a lemon flavored olive oil with the lemon juice and it was so good! Quick tip – dress the salad right before serving as arugula can lose its crispness quickly.

Tips For This Simple Arugula Salad

  • Use lemon infused olive oil for extra zest!
  • Use the freshest ingredients you can and preferably organic arugula.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • Make sure to thoroughly toss the green, to coat them fully.
simple arugula salad with parmesan on top, gold spoon and yellow napkin.

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Easiest Arugula Salad Ever

Make this salad your go to side dish!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 201kcal
Author: Eden


  • 14 ounces arugula greens , you can use baby arugula too
  • 1/4 cup olive oil , Regular extra virgin olive oil is good. You can also use a lemon infused olive oil, which is so good!
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper


  • In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Stir and set aside.
  • Add the arugula greens in a salad bowl, pour the dress over the top before serving. Toss to coat the greens. Add the cheese over the top. 


Serving: 0g | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 397mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2465IU | Vitamin C: 20.8mg | Calcium: 297mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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