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Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan, Lemon & Olive Oil

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This classic Italian salad is so simple to make that it really requires no measurements: Just a few handfuls of peppery arugula, shaved Parmesan cheese to your liking, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and a few swirls of extra virgin olive oil. I’ve provided loose quantities if you need them, but once you make this salad a few times you’ll relish the ease of making it by feel–casually squirting a lemon over the greens, circling olive oil around the bowl…somehow it just tastes better that way. Serve as a first course or with grilled steak or a thin crust pizza.

 

 

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Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan, Lemon & Olive Oil

Servings: 4 as a starter

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces (or 4 generous handfuls) arugula
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, from one lemon
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, best quality such as Lucini
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Big hunk Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Place the arugula in the bowl and toss with the dressing.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, shave sheets of Parmesan cheese onto salad (to taste). Serve immediately.

Reviews & Comments

  • Sometimes the simple things are best.
    I made this after work one night and was pleased by how fast and easy it was to make. Good quality cheese and lots of it is key. We added a shake of garlic powder and onion powder, but the recipe is excellent as written and endlessly variable, as others have mentioned. Thank you, Jenn!

    • — Staci H. on June 20, 2018
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  • All this needs is a crispy chicken cutlet. What a fantastically simple salad! I love it.

    • — LindaG on November 30, 2017
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  • I had this simple salad at an Italian restaurant in Seattle several years ago but they added crispy baked prosciutto and a hard boiled egg which makes it a complete meal for my family.

    • — Rhonda on July 8, 2017
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  • What a lovely, fresh salad! Super simple and delicious. Thank you to the reviewer who suggested adding pomegranate seeds. I’m going to try that next time. It sounds pretty!

    • — Marie-Jeanne on February 3, 2017
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  • I made this salad last night for a party of six. Everyone loved it, including me! I added pomegranate seeds – really pretty and the combination was really good!! Important to use a high quality olive oil.

    • — MA on December 26, 2015
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  • This is my new favorite salad! I love the fresh lemon, arugula, and shaved Parmesan… So simple but so good!

    • — Kelli on October 29, 2015
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  • We served this super simple but elegant salad with homemade pizza. As suggested by another reviewer, we added some chopped avocado and a few halved cherry tomatoes. Easy to prepare and a nice way to serve arugula.

    • — Liesel on August 30, 2015
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  • Soooo simple to make, tastes great, and looks great on the table. It’ll make you look like a pro!

    • — Erika on July 29, 2015
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  • Simple, easy, perfect. Add some avocado and a few chopped tomatoes for some variety. We eat it at least once a week.

    • — Molly Leddy on May 16, 2015
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  • This is a go-to recipe for me. Simple, easy, and gets lots of compliments. I usually add yellow cherry tomatoes sliced in half to it.

    • — Julie on March 9, 2013
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  • Another recipe with simple ingredients. I must try this one too. I think I will try it with Alia’s idea with balsamic vinegar also, sounds wonderful.

    • — Rhoda on October 2, 2012
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  • We love this recipe… I usually replace the lemon juice with balsamic vinegar. It gives another dimension to the mix of arugula and parmesan.

    • — alia on May 24, 2012
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  • This salad is perfect when you have a crowd to feed

    • — Marcia on May 15, 2012
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  • Another excellent one and so simple. Keep posting your ideas everywhere, found you on Pinterest originally. Love this salad!

    • — Kathy on May 15, 2012
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  • A family favorite. I make this regularly.

    • — Sheila on March 3, 2012
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  • Thank you great article : Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    olive-oil-extra-virgin.blogspot.com

    • It is a great SIMPLE recipe. So refreshing, quick and delicious!!!

      • — Kathy Mayrand on March 1, 2012
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  • Dear Chef Jen,

    I adore your web-site and those wonderful easy to make totally inspired recipes! I TOO HAVE PICKY DAUGHTER and she loves your recipes. Thank you!!!

    D.G.

    • — Deborah Greene on September 3, 2009
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