In the mood for a new salad? How about one with arugula and avocado?
Arugula is a nice departure from the usual, and the perfect green for this salad. Baby arugula leaves are delicate and light, but still have a peppery flavor that contrasts nicely with the creaminess of avocado. The walnuts add texture and crunch to the salad. Tomatoes provide an acidic burst of flavor while Parmesan cheese provides a salty bite.
This healthy Arugula Avocado Salad will make you feel like you're eating at a fancy restaurant without all of the calories!
And you get to have fun making it yourself!
Why I love this salad recipe
Eat your greens! Full of vitamins and antioxidants and with virtually no calories, green leafy vegetables are a near perfect food. But greens alone can get boring, so we all need some delicious salad recipes in our arsenal to help keep the menu interesting.
This avocado, arugula and tomato salad is a great alternative to the boring old lettuce based salad. It's bursting with flavor, colors and textures and will make you feel so healthy once you've eaten it!
Plus, it's really fast to make. Only 10 minutes to put it all together at most - what's not to love with that?
How to make Arugula Avocado Salad
Make the simple dressing by whisking olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic and a little salt and pepper in a small cup or bowl.
Add the baby arugula to a large bowl and pour about half of the dressing over the top. Gently toss, trying not to break down the leaves.
Add the tomatoes and avocado. Pour on all of the remaining dressing, then gently toss it again so that everything is coated in the dressing but still intact.
To finish up, add the chopped walnuts and shaved Parmesan. Gently toss and serve.
Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)
Fresh greens are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Arugula, for example, is a good source of folic acid and potassium. It's also rich in fiber!
Greens don't really like to be stored in plastic bags or containers because they will wilt much faster than if you store them in a paper bag. Place them in the crisper, and don't wash them until you're ready to use them.
To clean your arugula , place it under cold running water or soak it in a sink full of water for about 5 minutes. This will get rid of any sand or dirt. Shake it dry (or use a salad spinner or blot with paper towels) and you're ready to go!
This arugula avocado salad goes great with grilled chicken or fish, or mixed in with pasta for a more hearty dish. You can also use it as the base of your sandwich (try putting the leftovers on sandwiches at lunchtime), or you can just eat it as a side dish with dinner.
You might also enjoy these salad recipes
- Broccoli Kale Salad
- Strawberry Walnut Salad
- Mediterranean Cucumber Salad (Greek salad)
- Corn Salad
- Spaghetti Squash Salad
Arugula Avocado Salad
- ¼ cup olive oil extra-virgin
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice fresh squeezed
- 1 garlic love minced
- salt and pepper - to taste
- 5-6 ounces baby arugula
- 1 avocado chopped
- 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
- ½ cup walnuts rough chopped
- ½ cup shaved Parmesan cheese
- In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Place arugula in a large salad bowl and add about half the dressing. Toss gently to coat.
- Top arugula with tomatoes and avocado. Add remaining dressing and toss again.
- Top salad with walnuts and Parmesan cheese and serve.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.