My Simple Arugula Salad

by Ginny on June 29, 2011

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Summer has finally arrived in this corner of the world, and we’ve had our first too-hot-to-cook days peppered throughout the last week. The only air conditioning at the Ranchito is a very old swamp cooler that makes the living room bearable, but by dinner time our sunny upstairs kitchen can often be hotter than the 80 and 90 degree temps outside. When this happens, hearty cool-weather foods lose their appeal as much as standing over a hot stove preparing them. These are times to let Mother Nature do the cooking, so I depend on fresh produce from the garden or farmers’ market, and some simple tricks to let their natural goodness shine. This arugula salad is a perfect example. It may not sound like much, but everytime it’s served there’s never a leaf left in the bowl.

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Recipe : My Simple Arugula Salad

Paired with some marinated meat, fish, or poultry from the grill, a “no-sweat” weeknight dinner is served. Arugula is one of our favorite picks from the garden. It’s easy to grow and lends itself to salads, sandwich toppings, or scrambled eggs, all summer long. But don’t miss out on enjoying this salad year round. It’s amazing when paired with mustard-crusted rack of lamb and potato gratin in cooler months. With recipes this simple it’s imperative to get the best quality ingredients you can find, and follow the proportions exactly.

  • 5 ounces baby arugula, washed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (use Meyer lemon if available)
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

In a small bowl combine the lemon juice, sea salt and pepper. Whisk until the salt has dissolved. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while continuing to whisk. Taste and adjust flavor. Toss with arugula immediately before serving.

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Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious June 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Now this is my kinda salad! Have you tried kale salad? Super easy, fresh….right up your alley.


Ginny July 2, 2011 at 8:12 am

Hi Dorothy! I loved your kale salad. It inspired this recipe for Kale, Chicken, and Farro Salad :


melanie June 30, 2011 at 9:13 am

I haven’t been by in a few weeks. My neice passed away unexpectedly and I’ve been up in Traverse City helping family with various tbings. Today it occured to me thatt we need to do more tban just the tasks at hand…we need to connect with one another and Sunday dinner is just the tbing.


Ginny July 2, 2011 at 8:08 am

So sorry to hear about your neice Melanie. I hope you find some comfort in gathering at the Sunday table…


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