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Arugula salad in a white bowl

Easy Baby Arugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Author: Gitta
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American


This delicious and easy arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette is ready in minutes.  The peppery arugula is the perfect side for Friday night pizza, grilled meats, or a light lunch with a frittata or quiche.  


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Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, juice from 1 medium-size lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

Arugula Salad

  • 4 handfuls (about 5 cups) baby arugula
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon vinaigrette


Lemon Vinaigrette

  1. Place all the vinaigrette ingredients, except for the red pepper flakes,  into a bowl or glass jar.
  2. Whisk (affiliate link) or, if using a jar, shake 1 minute or until the vinaigrette is emulsified (thoroughly combined.

Arugula Salad

  1. If the lettuce has not been washed, rinse it in a colander and spin it dry in a salad spinner (affiliate link).  If you do not have a salad spinner, lay the damp arugula on paper towels and blot dry as much as possible.  
  2. Place lettuce in a serving bowl.
  3. Right before serving, drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of lemon vinaigrette on the arugula and toss until combined.  The salad should be lightly dressed to prevent the arugula from getting soggy and clumping together. 
  4. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes  (optional).


  1.     Toss lemon vinaigrette on the arugula right before serving to prevent the salad from becoming soggy. 
  2.     Do not store leftover dressed salad because the salad will be soggy and not appetizing.


  • Serving Size: Serving
  • Calories: 68
  • Sugar: 0.7 g
  • Sodium: 45.6 mg
  • Fat: 7.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: #salad, #argula salad, #side dish #lemon vinaigrette