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Fresh & Tasty Baby Arugula Salad Recipe

Updated on January 5, 2014
A zippy and fresh baby arugula salad can be made at home, with minimal ingredients.
A zippy and fresh baby arugula salad can be made at home, with minimal ingredients. | Source

Salads form an important part of a healthy diet, and if you’re looking to lose weight, salads could be the most important addition to your diet. Salads don’t have to be a chore to eat, especially when they are a colourful joy to look at, and have an unforgettable taste to relish! This baby arugula salad fits the bill exactly – not only is it feisty and colourful, but its zippy peppery taste is bound give you an unforgettable culinary experience.

This baby arugula salad recipe uses very few ingredients and a simple tangy dressing – no fancy dressings or expensive ingredients here! And yet, it is this very simplicity that gives this salad a quintessential charm. Eat this salad with bread, rice, soup or alone, eat it for breakfast, dinner or lunch, eat it with a simple meal or a grand feast – whichever way you eat it, it’s simply delicious.

Oftentimes, the taste of any food is multiplied when we understand its health benefits. Arugula is an incredibly nutritious salad green, with many health benefits. Even the tomato, cucumber and onion used in this baby arugula salad offer many health benefits. Let’s take a quick look at these before diving in to the recipe:

Ingredient
Health Benefits
Arugula
Low calorie, boosts immune system, rich in phytochemicals that fight cancerous cells, powerful antioxidant properties, powerful aphrodisiac, improves sexual stamina, strengthens bones, prevents Alzheimer’s, protects skin from free radical damage, improves eye health, promotes a healthy respiratory system, has a cooling effect on body, reduces inflammation, detoxifies the body, promotes healthy bowel movement
Onion
Lowers cholesterol, good for liver, fights asthma, reduces inflammation, boosts immunity, powerful antibacterial properties, antiviral, anticancer, antioxidant.
Tomato
Rich in vitamin C, antioxidant, anticancer, healthy bones, good for heart
Cucumber
Very low in calories, rich water content, antioxidant, detoxifier, anticancer, high fibre content
Lemon
High vitamin C content, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, detoxing, balances pH, aids in weight loss
Olive Oil
Reduces obesity, stabilizes blood pressure, promotes cardiovascular health, rich in antioxidants, prevents constipation, strengthens bones, prevents strokes, prevents cancer.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 2 min
  • Cook time: 3 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • Yields: Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls of baby arugula
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 Jordanian cucumber
  • ½ a large tomato
  • ½ a lemon
  • 2 tsp of olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of pepper

The ingredients are shown in the photo below:

Only a few ingredients are needed for this Mediterranean favourite arugula salad.
Only a few ingredients are needed for this Mediterranean favourite arugula salad. | Source

Directions with Photo Tutorial:

  1. Wash and clean the baby arugula, tomato, cucumber and lemon. Peel and wash the onion.
  2. On a clean cutting board, chop up your cucumber, tomato and onion into small cubes.

Chop up the veggies into relatively small cubes.
Chop up the veggies into relatively small cubes. | Source

3. In a large bowl, make your simple dressing. Squeeze and extract the juice of the lemon; combine this with olive oil, a pinch of pepper and salt to taste.

4. Pour in all the chopped veggies into the large bowl with the dressing and toss thoroughly until it is all well combined.

This salad calls for baby arugula, however, I often make it with grown arugula leaves, and that works fine too!
This salad calls for baby arugula, however, I often make it with grown arugula leaves, and that works fine too! | Source

5. Transfer to salad bowl and serve!

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5 stars from 2 ratings of Easy Baby Arugula Salad
A really simple, zesty and flavourful arugula salad is ready! When it comes to arugula, this is my go to recipe.
A really simple, zesty and flavourful arugula salad is ready! When it comes to arugula, this is my go to recipe. | Source

Tips to make a good salad

  • Go Fresh! Nobody wants wilted leaves and mushy veggies in their salad! Always, and I mean always, use fresh ingredients in your salad. The mark of a great tasting salad is it’s freshness and crispness, so go fresh!
  • Colour your Salad! You are the masterchef here, and it’s your job to create an edible masterpiece. Make your salad striking and attractive by tossing in colourful vegetables. Spruce up the usual green with yellows, reds, and oranges. Pomegranate seeds always add a jewelled touch to any salad.
  • Get Creative! Everyone’s tired of eating bland romaine all the time. Don’t make your salads generic and boring! Throw in zesty, flavourful and surprise ingredients such as nuts, dry fruits etc and make your salad a pleasure to eat, every time.
  • Get dressy! Salad dressing doesn’t have to fatty mayonnaise or storebought dressing. Simple dressings made with lemon juice and olive oil are my favourite. Use greek yogurt for a thick yet healthy dressing.
  • Show some style! Spice up your usual greens-veggies-and-dressing salad by throwing in fun and interesting ingredients such as pasta, quinoa, chia seeds, crackers or toasted pita. This will give you a crunchy and unique salad that everyone will rave about.

Baby arugula growing in a hydroponic pot.
Baby arugula growing in a hydroponic pot. | Source

Eat More Arugula!

Arugula is a super salad green, possibly with more nutritional density than lettuce!

Arugula also contains more calcium than spinach, gram for gram!

Read more facts about arugula here:

40 ARUGULA HEALTH FACTS | SALAD ROCKET NUTRITION FACTS


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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      This looks like a delicious recipe I would love to try, since I never had arugula before and should give it a try. Voted up for useful!

    • Ilona1 profile image

      Ilona 3 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for the fontname. Years ago, I had no idea what arugula even was, then I grew it in a mesclun mix in my garden, and since then I find it used in many ways besides salads. Good in things that call for spinach and give the dish a "je ne sais quoi" flavor that is fantastic. I love that your salad has a well balanced combo of simple ingredients. Easy and I know it will be yummy.

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      Ilona 3 years ago from Ohio

      Arugula has become my all time favorite green. I had no ideas of its many properties! Off topic: love th efont you use in these photos, mind if I ask the name of it?