This lemon arugula salad is a simple healthy salad tossed in a fresh lemon honey vinaigrette. It is inspired by the Grimaldi’s lemon arugula salad and only takes 5 minutes to make!

A large Lemon Arugula Salad in a bowl with Parmesan on top.

My newest salad obsession is this arugula salad with lemon dressing recipe. For something that is so simple and so easy to make, it has so much flavor!

The lemon vinaigrette has the best tart yet sweet lemon taste; it is truly delicious! Add this lemon ginger turmeric salmon on top of this salad for an amazing complete meal. And if you are feeling lemons, try my lemon sugar cookies!

I’m sharing this recipe here because I wish I had discovered this salad sooner and needed to share the amazingness of this easy-to-make salad. It is naturally Gluten-free and Grain-free. It can easily be made dairy-free as well.

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Why this recipe works:

  • It has the best lemon dressing for arugula salad. The sweet honey cuts the tartness of the lemon while enhancing its flavor.
  • It tastes just like the lemon arugula salad at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria.
  • It is made with a handful of healthy ingredients.
  • It comes together quickly… literally 5 minutes!
  • It is easy to customize to fit your tastes or dietary needs.

Recipe Ingredients

Lemon arugula salad ingredients.
  • arugula– any packaged arugula will work here.
  • lemon juice– fresh squeezed is always best.
  • olive oil– a good quality extra virgin olive oil is ideal for salad dressings.
  • honey– you can use any type of honey. Drippy ones dissolve more easily in the dressing.
  • dried oregano– this adds nice flavor to the dressing.
  • shaved parmesan cheese– shaved Parmesan ensures bigger bites of parmesan taste.

See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.

Additions/Substitutions

  • Omit the cheese to make this salad dairy-free and Paleo
  • Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup. This makes the salad dressing Vegan.
  • You can add fruits and veggies to the salad, like berries, tomatoes, and carrots.
  • You can add chili flakes to add some heat.

Step by step salad instructions:

Lemon dressing for arugula salad in a bowl.
Step 1

Step 1: Make the lemon dressing. I tried to make this one similar to the Grimaldi’s lemon vinaigrette recipe.

To make the dressing, add the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, dried oregano, salt and pepper to a bowl and mix well.

Arugula in a bowl.
Step 2

Step 2: Add the arugula to a large bowl.

Parmesan added to the arugula.
Step 3

Step 3: Add the Parmesan to the salad.

Dressing and parmesan on top of arugula.
Step 4

Step 4: Pour the dressing on top and mix everything together.

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Recipe FAQs

Does arugula get soggy with dressing?

It does, but it takes longer than other types of greens, like spinach.

What are the health benefits of arugula?

Arugula has lots of antioxidants and vitamin K. Source.

Can I make this salad in advance?

You can make the dressing in advance. You can also add your arugula and Parmesan to a bowl in advance. You just have to mix the dressing into it before serving, so it doesn’t get soggy.

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Lemon Arugula Salad

Dominique
A simple healthy salad tossed in a fresh lemon honey oregano vinaigrette.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 84 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 7 ounces arugula
  • 5 Tbs lemon juice
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • optional- 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, honey, dried oregano, salt, and pepper together until well mixed. Set the dressing aside.
  • Put the arugula into a large bowl. If you are adding parmesan, add it to the salad. Add the dressing to the salad and mix. Note: only add the dressing prior to serving or it will cause the salad to wilt.

Notes

  • Omit the cheese to make this salad dairy-free and Paleo
  • Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup. This makes the salad dressing Vegan.
  • You can add fruits and veggies to the salad, like berries, tomatoes, and carrots.
  • You can add chili flakes to add some heat.

Nutrition

Calories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 203mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 789IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 1mg
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