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Arugula Salad with Lemon Dressing and Shaved Parmesan

A light, lemon dressing coats earthy baby arugula, red onion, and shaved parmesan for a delicious simple salad that can be ready in 10 minutes.
Course Salad, Salads, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 126kcal
Author Diana Reis


  • 4 Cups Baby Arugula
  • ¼ Cup Parmigiano-Reggiano shaved
  • ¼ Cup Red Onion thinly sliced

Lemon Dressing

  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice 1 Lemon
  • Coarse Salt to taste
  • Cracked Pepper to taste


  • Make the lemon dressing by mixing extra virgin olive oil, with freshly squeezed lemon juice, coarse salt, and pepper.
  • Wash and dry arugula, and add it to a medium sized bowl along with shaved parmesan and thinly sliced red onion.
  • Toss the salad with lemon dressing and serve with your favorite main dish.


Tips For Success
Before you get started there are a few things you should do to make this simple salad perfect.
  • Make sure arugula leaves are washed and dried well. 
  • Take some extra time when slicing the red onion to cut very thin strips. Little bits of red onion are a delicious treat. Large pieces will overwhelm all the other flavors.
  • Shave the parmesan using a vegetable peeler to get nice thin pieces.
  • Roll the lemon before squeezing to make it easier to juice.
  • Use fresh cracked pepper and coarse salt if you have them.
**Additions and Substitutions**
When I want to change things up, I sometimes add sliced apples and dried cranberries for a bit of sweetness.
In the summer, fresh cherry tomatoes are another nice addition to this simple arugula salad.
You can substitute pecorino-Romano in place of Parmigiano-Reggiano  for a more budget friendly cheese option. 
If you find you don’t have a fresh lemon on hand, bottled lemon juice can work. You will not need quite as much because the flavor is a bit stronger. It is also a bit more bitter so a pinch of sugar will balance it out.
If you want something other than the lemon dressing, you can substitute balsamic vinegar and have a slightly sweeter salad as well.


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 524IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg