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classic parmesan arugula salad being lifted out of a serving bowl with tongs

Parmesan Arugula Salad

This easy arugula salad is light, tasty, and comes together in about 10 minutes. It's the perfect side salad for virtually any main course and a fantastic last-minute option!
Course Appetizer/Side, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword arugula parmesan salad, lemon arugula salad, parmesan arugula salad recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 92kcal


  • 1 (5 ounce) package arugula
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese or more, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or more, to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice or more, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • I strongly recommend buying a wedge of parmesan cheese for the best flavor vs. buying the pre-grated kind. Either grate it (I use my Microplane to make it light and fluffy) or use a potato/vegetable peeler to shave it.
  • Add the dressing ingredients (oil, lemon juice, honey, Dijon mustard) to a small bowl and whisk together.
  • Add the arugula to a salad bowl and toss with the dressing and parmesan cheese. Taste and adjust if needed (e.g. add a splash more oil or lemon juice) and season with salt & pepper. This salad wilts quickly, so enjoy it right away. Grate/shave more parmesan on top if you wish.


  • Double all ingredients if you need a larger salad. This one serves up to 4 as a side (it's quite light).
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 939IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 1mg