Arugula Salad Recipe with Sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette

    arugula and baby green salad with pine nuts and cherry tomatoes

    This arugula salad recipe is simple yet entirely delicious. We love whipping up this salad as a go-to for a variety of dishes, as it works well as an appetizer or side dish to many different entrées.

    For a healthy dinner, we often whip up this arugula salad recipe with a piece of baked salmon. The salad comes together in less than 10 minutes and contains a delightful mix of baby greens and peppery arugula.

    Our favorite toppings for this arugula salad include freshly grated parmesan, cherry tomatoes, and pine nuts, but you can use whatever toppings you like.

    In general, the mix of baby greens and arugula are a pleasant combination and make a great base for any mix of toppings. The arugula has a peppery quality to it, while the baby greens have a slight sweetness that pairs well with the sweet balsamic vinaigrette.

    The vinaigrette we’ve shared here is easy to whisk together and, most importantly, healthy. Feel free to substitute the cane juice in the dressing with orange juice or apple juice if that’s what you have on hand.


    Cook time: 0 minutes
    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Idle time:


    1. Combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, oregano and cane juice.
    2. Coat greens with dressing.
    3. Transfer to salad bowls and top each with parmigiano reggiano, pine nuts and cherry tomatoes.

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    Updated by Beeta Hashempour on 6/22/2018

    By the time she was 28, Andrea was diagnosed with thyroid disease, which she credits as her motivation to embark on a healthier lifestyle through natural and sustainable food choices. Her health improved after two years of natural food choices and therapies; those adjustments became the catalysts that changed her life and profession. She attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she currently teaches her mission to encourage a healthier world through nutritious meal solutions. Andrea is a Natural Nutritionist and Holistic Health Counselor accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is also the author of her self-published book, “The Whole Truth,” and her follow-up cookbook, “The Whole Truth Eating And Recipe Guide.” Andrea Beaman is the host of Wise Up! and Fed Up! on Z Living.