Vinaigrette-Dressed Arugula

Arugula Salad

Arugula, also known as rocket, is a leafy green with a distinctive peppery flavor and delicate, slightly bitter undertones. It's a staple of springtime cuisine, thriving in cooler weather and gracing our tables with its vibrant green leaves. With its bold flavor profile and crisp texture, arugula adds depth and complexity to salads, sandwiches, pastas, and more. Today, we're showcasing the simplicity and elegance of an Arugula Salad dressed with a homemade vinaigrette, a recipe that's as versatile as it is delicious. It's a culinary chameleon that can go anywhere and do anything. Pile dressed arugula on top of cooked pizza, khachapuri or other flatbreads, stuff it into sandwiches or grilled cheese, add it on crostini or pasta, serve it with seared steak for a flavorful dinner salad. The peppery green adds a burst of flavor to many dishes but does particularly well with Italian and Mediterranean cuisine (where the plant originates).

Arugula Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette


  • Fresh arugula leaves
  • Quick pickled shallots (Learn to make quick pickled vegetables here)
  • Shaved parmesan cheese (try using a vegetable peeler to shave the cheese--big pieces are great here!)
  • optional: toasted pine nusts
  • Homemade vinaigrette (Get the recipe here)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the arugula, and shallots.
  2. Drizzle the homemade vinaigrette over the salad, tossing gently to coat the leaves evenly.
  3. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese and optional pine nuts.
  4. Serve immediately on its own or as an accompaniment to your favorite dishes.

As we revel in the bounty of springtime produce, let arugula take center stage on your plate. Its bold flavor and crisp texture are the perfect complement to a wide range of dishes. Once you start topping foods with dressed arugula, you'll want it on everything!


Arugula Salad on Pizza