Arugula Salad Recipe {EASY + Delicious}

Overhead shot of arugula salad next to bowl of pine nuts and shaved parmesan.

This Arugula Salad recipe with red wine vinaigrette is my go-to green salad. The arugula has a peppery bite to it which pairs wonderfully with the acidity of the vinaigrette. It’s the perfect salad for pairing with rich dishes or bowls of pasta.

This Arugula Salad recipe is my go-to when I want a simple salad that pairs with a variety of dishes. The arugula has a nice peppery bite, but the dressing has a sweet taste that balances out the flavors perfectly. I top it off with some shaved parmesan and toasted pine nuts for added crunch.

The dressing for this arugula salad couldn’t be easier to make. You only need five ingredients. Plus, it stores nicely in the fridge, so it’s great to keep on hand for dinners throughout the week. Often, I’ll make a double or triple batch just for that reason.

Arugula Salad Dressing Ingredients

There are just 5 ingredients in this delicious arugula salad dressing:

  • Olive Oil
  • Shallot
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Dijon Mustard

To make the red wine vinaigrette, just add the ingredients to a small mason jar and shake well to emulsify.

Ingredients for arugula salad laid out on table.

What Goes With Arugula Salad

This Arugula Salad recipe pairs really nicely with rich, hearty meat dishes. It also pairs well with pasta. Here are some great dishes that go well with arugula salad:

Overhead shot of arugula salad next to shaved parmesan and bowl of pine nuts.

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Arugula Salad Recipe

Overhead shot of arugula salad next to shaved parmesan.

Arugula Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

This Arugula Salad recipe with red wine vinaigrette is my go-to green salad. The arugula has a peppery bite to it which pairs wonderfully with the acid in the vinaigrette. It's the perfect salad for pairing with rich dishes.
4.42 from 17 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 shallot (finely minced)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 5 ounces baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (toasted, for topping)
  • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan (for topping)


  • Combine the shallot, oil, vinegar, mustard, honey and salt and pepper in a small mason jar and shake to emulsify.
  • In a large bowl, toss the arugula with enough of the vinaigrette to just coat the leaves.
  • Season with additional salt and pepper and top with toasted pine nuts and parmesan.
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Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 181mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1.1mg

This post was originally published in November 2014. It was updated in August 2019 to revise the photographs and content. The original recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

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  1. Vanessa Blake

    I made this salad for a potluck this past weekend (with Erin’s help). It went over SO well! I even had people ask for my recipe, something that rarely happens. You gotta try it!


  2. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    This arugula salad looks incredibly delicious, healthy and flavoursome. Definitely a salad I will be making for myself this week!


  3. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

    5 stars
    This is definitely my kind of salad: simple but packed with flavor. Love the arugula + pine nuts combo. So yummy any time of year!


  4. Maryann

    5 stars
    This is such a terrific blend of flavors and very easy to throw together. I will definitely make again and again. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Erin

      You are so welcome – I’m glad you liked it!


  5. Karla

    5 stars
    I love baby arugula but have never found a perfect dressing for it. Until now. This is it! Perfectly balanced. (They don’t have shallots where I live in Greece so I used finely minced red onion instead. ) Wonderful. Thanks so much.


    1. Erin

      You are so welcome! This dressing is definitely on regular rotation in our house!


  6. Carol

    5 stars
    I used Pistachios last time because Pine Nuts were so expensive. They were delicious in the salad.


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