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Easy Arugula Salad

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    Delicious and easy arugula salad drizzled with lemon juice, olive oil, and topped with shaved Parmesan cheese. Ready in 5 minutes!

    Arugula Salad with shaved Parmesan cheese in white dish.

    My husband is usually not a big fan of salads, but he would eat them regardless since he knows salads are good for him. Several years ago, he came home quite excited after having lunch at his Dutch coworker’s house. He told me the coworker had served a simple and delicious easy Arugula Salad which he absolutely loved.

    Arugula Salad with shaved Parmesan cheese in a white dish.

    My husband then made the salad for me soon after and I knew immediately why he was so smitten by the salad. We enjoyed it so much that we had since served this salad for dinner at least once every other week now.

    Quick & Easy Arugula Salad for Dinner Anytime

    The wonderful thing about this arugula salad is it’s ridiculously easy to make. With just a few ingredients, you’d have a nice bowl of greens to go with anything really. Besides arugula, you are likely to have most of the ingredients in your kitchen – quality olive oil, fresh lemon juice, freshly ground black pepper, salt, and trusty block of Parmesan cheese.

    This salad might look simple, but the taste is fairly complex. The peppery bitter taste of arugula accented with tangy lemon juice, and blended with slices of Parmesan cheese is quite addicting. If you like arugula, I hope you’ll give this simple salad a try.

    Arugula Salad with shaved Parmesan cheese in a white dish.

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    Arugula Salad | Easy Japanese Recipes at
    Arugula Salad
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    5 mins
    Delicious and easy arugula salad drizzled with lemon juice, olive oil, and topped with shaved Parmesan cheese. Ready in 5 minutes!
    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American, Japanese
    Keyword: easy, simple salad
    Servings: 4
    Author: Namiko Chen
    • 7 cups arugla (7 cups = 5.6 oz or 158 g)
    • 1.1 oz Parmesan cheese (1.1 0z = 30 g)
    • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (1 Tbsp = 1 lemon)
    • ½ – ⅔ tsp freshly ground black pepper
    • ¼ tsp kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; Use half for table salt)
    1. Gather all the ingredients. Rinse the arugula in cold running water and drain well. Place it in the serving bowl.

      Arugula Salad Ingredients
    2. For dressing, drizzle the olive oil, lemon juice, and sprinkle freshly ground black pepper and salt.
      Arugula Salad 1
    3. Slice the cheese into 1mm thickness and sprinkle over the salad.
      Arugula Salad 2
    4. Toss everything before serving to an individual plate.
    Recipe Notes

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