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 SuccessBefore 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**AdditionsWhen 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.SubstitutionsYou 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.