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Arugula salad

Easy Arugula Salad (& More Recipes!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x


Here’s the simplest salad you’ll ever make! This easy arugula salad is fool-proof: you don’t even need to make dressing. It comes together in minutes!


  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese shavings (about 1.5 ounces)*
  • 1 small shallot
  • 8 cups (5 ounces) baby arugula (do not use standard arugula, usually sold in bunches)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice + zest of ½ lemon


  1. If necessary, shave the Parmesan cheese with a vegetable peeler. Thinly slice shallot.
  2. In large bowl, place the baby arugula, olive oil, lemon zest (optional), lemon juice, and kosher salt. Use your hands to toss everything so it’s evenly coated. Add the Parmesan shavings and shallot and toss for a few seconds until combined. Taste and add additional salt if desired.


*For quickest prep, buy a container of Parmesan shavings.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Italian inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Easy salad recipes

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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