Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan, Lemon & Olive Oil

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This salad of arugula, shaved Parm & a bit of lemon juice & olive oil is perfect paired with grilled steak or thin crust pizza


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.



Arugula Salad with Shaved Parmesan, Lemon & Olive Oil

This salad of arugula, shaved Parm & a bit of lemon juice & olive oil is perfect paired with grilled steak or thin crust pizza

Servings: 4 as a starter


  • 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


  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.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Simple, easy, perfect. Add some avocado and a few chopped tomatoes for some variety. We eat it at least once a week.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We love this recipe… I usually replace the lemon juice with balsamic vinegar. It gives another dimension to the mix of arugula and parmesan.

  • This salad is perfect when you have a crowd to feed

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

  • A family favorite. I make this regularly.

  • Thank you great article : Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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

  • 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!!!


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