Arugula Salad with Simple Lemon Vinaigrette

Arugula salad with simple lemon vinaigrette

Hey, let’s admit it, we all need to get more veggies and greens into our diet and the easiest way I know how is to make up a salad. This the perfect weeknight, busy night, or any night salad. The vinaigrette consists of 4 simple pantry ingredients; lemon, extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, and takes under 2 minutes to whip up. Trust me, this vinaigrette beats the pants off of any store-bought variety! Also, making your own vinaigrette is way less expensive than the store-bought variety, is fresher and the best part is that you know exactly what goes into it.

I’ve discovered a few things since starting the natural chef program. One thing is that I’m a bit more relaxed and confident in the kitchen, and that’s one thing I really wanted to get from this program, so YAY!

The other thing that I’m figuring out is simple, quick and easy is what works for me. I like effortless, uncomplicated flavors and menus. I don’t have time during the week to mess around with elaborate ingredients or recipes. I want an easy, healthy, family approved and taste bud worthy dinner that can be pulled together in under an hour. I know that’s sounds like a lot, but I’ve gotten pretty good over the years of planning out dinner menus for the kids and I that both satisfy my time frame and our taste buds.

So the other night I was craving some pan-roasted chicken, so I made up one of our favorite fall chicken dishes, rosemary skillet chicken.  I love this chicken dish because the marinade can be made up in the morning, or a few hours before dinner.  All you have to do come dinner time is brown the chicken in a cast-iron skillet and then pop it in the oven to finish cooking. The whole process takes about 25-30 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken. Lately, we’ve been using chicken thighs, and they’re super quick to roast up.

Rosemary skillet chicken

I always pair this chicken with the kid’s favorite popovers, rosemary sea salt popovers.  The combination of fresh rosemary and coarse sea salt is outstanding! As you know, popovers are a staple in our house and take 35 minutes to make from start to finish, making them an easy peasy weeknight side!

Rosemary and sea salt popoer

I wanted a simple green salad to go with this dinner, so I pulled out some arugula and created this vinaigrette. This salad was the perfect pairing to this rich fall meal, and the kids and I gobbled it up.

This salad got rave reviews from the kids (double thumbs up), and we all decided it was a blog worthy recipe, especially since it was so simple to make.

This salad is going into my weekly menu rotation as it’s fresh, simple, super tasty and kid approved.  I hope you all enjoy this easy weeknight salad.

Arugula salad with simple lemon vinaigrette

With love Jackie

Arugula Salad with Simple Lemon Vinaigrette

Recipe by Jackie
5.0 from 1 vote


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    • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

    • ½ teaspoon sea salt

    • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper - we love pepper in our salad, so I used a bit more than ¼ teaspoon

    • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) extra-virgin olive oil

    • optional - pinch of red pepper flakes

    • arugula or mixed greens - the amount you use will depend on the crowd you're serving

    • chunk of Parmesan cheese


    • In a small bowl or small glass jar with a lid, (I used a recycled glass jelly jar) whisk together 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ½ teaspoon sea salt and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper (you can add the pinch of red pepper flakes if using).

    • Slowly add in ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, whisking until emulsified, or put the lid on a jar and shake the ingredients until emulsified.

    • Once the dressing is mixed, give it a taste and adjust the seasonings.

    • Tasting tip: For the most accurate idea of what the dressing will taste like on your salad, dip a leaf into the dressing, shake off the excess, and give it a try.

    • Put a bunch of arugula into a large salad bowl, lightly drizzle vinaigrette over the arugula and toss gently to combine.

    • Using a vegetable peeler, shave thin slices of Parmesan over the top of the salad.

    • Keep leftover dressing in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for 2 - 3 days.

    • Make sure to bring the dressing to room temperature, as the olive oil will firm up in the refrigerator. Also, make sure to shake or whisk the dressing well before using again.

    • Note: This dressing tastes great on any green. I either use arugula or mixed greens.

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      8 thoughts on “Arugula Salad with Simple Lemon Vinaigrette”

      1. Thank you for the exact measurements for this dressing..I always seem to get something out of whack. Re the pictures…save yourself time! But if it is possible include a photo of an integral step if seeing it would help– for example the colour or size or cut of something. Hope you find a wee bit of time to relax this weekend!

      2. Gloria Monacelli

        Thank you so much for all your great recipes…and as for photos…not necessary unless you think they are for a certain step! Of course, photos of the kids are always welcome!!

      3. I agree–I don’t think a lot of photos are necessary. If there are certain steps that would be easier to understand with a picture, that’s one thing, but in general I don’t think there needs to be a whole bunch in every post (especially since you are good about describing things well). To be honest, I often get irritated with food bloggers who post picture after picture after picture…I think you need some (it helps with Pinterest etc, right?) but not a mass of them. So yes, I vote for saving yourself the time and trouble. It’s your voice and the recipes themselves that I look forward to.

      4. Hi Marin Mama!! I enjoy your recipes so you can hold off or cut back on the photos and instead enjoy your kids and your new adventure at school!

      5. Enjoy the recipes you post. I personally enjoy simplification of recipes and life in general- – simplify away + enjoy! Best!

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