Simple, perfect arugula salad with lemon balsamic dressing and Parmesan. Easy and flavorful! This healthy side goes with any meal and is ready in minutes.
Prep Time: 10mins
Cook Time: 0mins
Total Time: 10mins
FOR THE ARUGULA SALAD:
5 ounces arugula - about 5 cups
4medium carrots - shaved into ribbons (about 8 to 10 ounces) or 1 cup grated carrots (if you’re in a hurry, you can use the pre-bagged grated carrots)
1pintcherry tomatoes - halved
1/3cuplarge Parmesan cheese shavings - see pictures—don't skip this, and the better the quality of the cheese, the better the salad! I like to shave mine right off of the block with a vegetable peeler
3tablespoons chopped sunflower seeds or chopped nuts of choice—toasted and chopped walnuts - pecans, and pistachios are all delicious (optional)
1tablespoonchopped mild fresh herbs of choice - such as chives, parsley, or tarragon (optional)
FOR THE DRESSING:
2tablespoonsfreshly squeezed lemon juice - about 1/2 medium lemon
2tablespoonsextra-virgin olive oil
Place the arugula, carrots, and tomatoes in a large bowl.
In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the dressing ingredients: lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt. (Alternatively, you can shake them all together in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid).
Drizzle enough over the arugula to moisten it, then toss to combine.
Sprinkle Parmesan and any desired nuts or herbs over the top. Serve immediately with a drizzle of extra dressing as desired.