Arugula Parmesan Salad with Simple Lemon Vinaigrette

Arugula Parmesan Salad with Simple Lemon Vinaigrette | A Teaspoon of Happiness

This recipe is not dairy free. It was published before Simply Whisked went dairy free, but I have chosen not to remove it as a reference for incoming traffic. Feel free to swap dairy free substitutes for the ingredients to make it dairy free.

On our way to France a few weeks ago, we had some time to kill in the Chicago airport so Marc and I sat down at a restaurant to have a bite to eat and wait for our flight in a big comfy booth. I never know if I’m going to like the airplane food, so I almost always try to eat something beforehand, even if I’m not hungry.

Now, I should have known better than to order a salad at the airport, but when I saw the arugula parmesan salad on the menu, I just had to try it. I’m a sucker for arugula, and I sometimes you just really need to have a salad. Especially when you’ve been eating nothing but junk and comfort food for the past few days.

Arugula Parmesan Salad with Simple Lemon Vinaigrette | A Teaspoon of Happiness

The airport salad was a pretty big let down, but the idea was stuck in my head so I added it to my on-going list of things to make. When we finally got settled here, it was the first thing I made. And, let me tell you, this salad doesn’t disappoint. It’s got zing. It’s got bite. It’s the perfect mouthful of crisp, fresh arugula with what might just be the simplest vinaigrette ever. You have to try it.

Arugula Parmesan Salad with Simple Lemon Vinaigrette | A Teaspoon of Happiness


Arugula Parmesan Salad with Simple Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 4 cups baby arugula (loosely packed)
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch of granulated garlic


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic.
  2. Toss arugula and parmesan cheese with dressing just before serving.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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    Jess @ whatjessicabakednext
    September 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

    This recipe is amazing! Love this combination of delicious flavours. I love dressing rocket salads with a lovely lemon and olive oil dressing- so lush. Will be trying this recipe soon! 🙂

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      Melissa Belanger
      September 1, 2014 at 11:26 am

      I totally agree! It’s the simplest combination, but it’s just perfect 🙂

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    September 1, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Yay! Is this your first recipe you developed and shot in France? I’m dreaming of hopping over to Carrefour and buying arugula… damn you. So jelly 🙂 Looks delicious and I can just imagine how perfectly the flavors all go together!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita
    September 1, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I love how perfectly simple and delicious this salad sounds! Such an easy, scrumptious vinaigrette – pinned!

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    Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron
    September 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    I’ll bet all of that peppery arugula goes perfectly with the lemon vinaigrette and parmesan 🙂 I just love simple salads like this!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    September 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I love rocket, parmesan and lemon together. I definitely will be making this recipe and adding pine nuts! Looks delicious!

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    Regina @ Leelalicious.com
    September 3, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    This looks soo good and soo fresh! Way to bring on salad cravings…

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    February 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Wonderful and wonderfully easy. I added some grape tomatoes, halved. I know I’ll make this again and again. Thanks!

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