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Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.

Makes

4 servings

Try this simple arugula salad recipe for a fresh side the whole family will love. It combines fresh peppery greens with tasty golden raisins, crunchy almonds and shaved parmesan. —Nicole Rash, Boise, Idaho
Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 6 cups fresh arugula
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the arugula, raisins and almonds. Drizzle with oil and lemon juice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Divide among 4 plates; top with cheese.

Arugula Salad Tips

How do I store arugula?

To store arugula, first gently wash it under cold water and dry on a clean dish towel or on paper towels (or use a salad spinner). Then, layer the leaves between pieces of paper towel in a plastic bag and store in your fridge’s vegetable crisper drawer. For the best flavor, use within three to five days.

What pairs well with arugula salad?

Arugula salad makes a nice side dish for pork chops, grilled lemon-rosemary chicken and baked salmon. For a vegetarian option, try serving this salad alongside lentil white bean pilaf.

What other dressings work well with arugula?

Due to its delicate leaves and strong flavor, arugula is best dressed with vinaigrettes as opposed to heavier, creamier dressings. Try switching out the dressing in this recipe with balsamic herb vinaigrette, berry vinaigrette or citrus vinaigrette.

How can I customize the recipe?

This peppery arugula salad pairs well with any mixture of fruits, nuts and vinaigrettes. Try switching out the raisins for dried cranberries or cherries. Instead of almonds, use toasted pecans, hazelnuts or walnuts. Try adding different ripe fruits and berries, such as mandarin oranges, pears, apples, raspberries and cherries. Experiment with different cheeses like blue cheese, feta or shaved asiago.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 181 calories, 15g fat (3g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 242mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 fat, 1/2 starch.

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