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Arugula Salad with Lemon Dressing

This quick, easy, and simple arugula salad is tossed with a delicious lemon dressing. It takes less than 10 minutes to make this arugula salad. It also pairs well with almost anything!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: arugula salad, lemon arugula salad
Servings: 4 people
Author: Tania


  • Zester or grater
  • Mason jar or salad dressing shaker
  • Vegetable peeler (to shave the cheese)


  • 4 to 5 cups baby arugula
  • Zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (plus more to taste)
  • cup extra virgin olive oil (plus more to taste)
  • Salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, plus shaved parmesan for garnish


  • Make the lemon dressing: In a mason jar, combine the lemon juice and olive oil. Shake vigorously and season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the flavors to taste: for more acidity, add some more lemon juice. If too acidic, add more olive oil. Note: I like my dressings less acidic, so I always use less lemon juice, so feel free to adjust to taste.
  • In a bowl, toss the arugula with the prepared lemon dressing and the 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese.
  • Garnish with lemon zest and more parmesan cheese (I garnished it with shaved parmesan). Tip: to shave parmesan cheese, use a vegetable peeler.
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy!


  • Picking fresh arugula: Look for vibrant green and tender crisp arugula. Avoid arugula that looks wilted, pale green, or yellow.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon juice. I find that bottled lemon juice tastes too artificial.
  • Don't forget to zest the lemon before squeezing it. I know I always forget, oopsies.