Arugula Avocado Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

by Andie Mitchell on May 13, 2013

arugula avocado salad

OK, I admit it; this recipe is simple. It’s light, too, and that whole fluffy-puffy-pile-of-greens state of existence is just generally not for me, because my salads? They rarely weigh less than, oh I don’t know, say, a half-pound cheeseburger? Just a guess.

arugula avocado salad

So this fairly dainty plateful is a far cry from the norm. But I assure you—it’s downright delicious. A side dish, probably. A starter, maybe. But so, so fresh and perfect in its purity.

What makes it special is the combination of a precious few high quality ingredients. Strangely enough, I chose arugula as the base—arugula, the same leafy green that, until yesterday, I had absolutely no love for whatsoever. It was always too peppery, too bitter. Now, paired with creamy cool avocado and the concentrated sweetness of cherry tomatoes, it’s mellowed. Milder. I even welcome its spiciness in contrast to the rich avocado.

arugula avocado salad

To bring all of these flavors together in a balanced, complementary way, I whisked together a garlicky lemon Parmesan vinaigrette—made with a fruity, good quality extra-virgin olive oil. This is the appetizer salad you’ll want to prepare when guests come over for dinner. This is the one you can add grilled chicken, shrimp, steak, chickpeas, or tofu to, for satisfying bulk, and call a complete meal.

A tip: Add a light sprinkling of coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to the tops of your simply dressed salads from now on for a fantastic new dimension of texture and flavor.

arugula avocado salad

 

Arugula Avocado Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 ounces arugula
  • 1 ½ cups cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, garlic, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and olive oil until well combined.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the arugula and cherry tomatoes. Add the dressing and toss to lightly coat all of the leaves.
  3. To serve, divide the dressed greens and tomatoes among four serving plates. Slice the avocado and divide the pieces evenly on top of each salad. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt and pepper over the tops if desired.

Notes

Nutrition Information for 1 Serving (1/4th of Entire Recipe): Calories 170, Total Fat 14.4 g, Total Carbohydrate 9.6 g, Dietary Fiber 3.5 g, Sugars 3.1 g, Protein 2.8 g

http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/2013/05/13/arugula-avocado-salad-with-lemon-vinaigrette/

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

April Ozbilgin May 13, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Looks lovely!

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genevive May 14, 2013 at 1:42 am

yum! im making one now.

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Ms.O May 14, 2013 at 3:18 am

This might be a late comment, but I love it that you are back to your usual journal-like blog format. So much fun ;)

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Lauren @ The Highlands Life May 14, 2013 at 3:30 am

Yes, yes and yes. Love this for a pre-meal salad. Especially in light of summer!

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Sara @my less serious life May 14, 2013 at 9:28 am

arugula is my current favorite and this looks simple and delicious!

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Hootie May 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Lovely recipe…will be picking up arugula at the store for the second time ever! First time was a bust bc of the bitterness like you said but I trust your culinary opinion my dear and will give it another go :)

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Love that dressing! It sounds like it pairs perfectly with the avocado!

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Lisa May 14, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Hi Andie- I love your website! Are you writing a book about your experiences so far, and if so, when will it be released so I can get one?

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Andie Mitchell May 15, 2013 at 9:15 am

Hi Lisa!

Thank you! Yes, I’m writing a weight loss memoir (due out in late 2014) and a cookbook to follow. I will be sure to share all about the release dates when they approach :)

Andie

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Lisa May 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Thanks so much for your reply! Well, late 2014 can’t come soon enough for me! I’ll certainly be looking for it. I’m very excited to read it-

I just want you to know how much I appreciate your sharing your story. The way you are able to verbalize your feelings and thoughts, feels so familiar to me, and I always love reading your posts!

thank you again!!

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Sally May 15, 2013 at 9:50 am

Yum! One of my favorite salads is diced tomatoes & avocados (mixed together w/ some salt & pepper) on top of arugula – this salad kicks it up a notch and makes it presentable for company :-). (I would not serve mine to guests, it is pretty messy looking ;-)).
Thanks for this, Andie!!

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Reanna May 15, 2013 at 11:04 am

This looks great! What a way to welcome summer days! I know it’s a little early, but yesterday and today it is in the 90′s in St Louis.

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Emily @ The Sunny Studio May 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm

What a delicious looking salad! This would be the perfect side salad for a summer-y dinner outside. I can just smell the grill … Thanks for sharing!

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Caitlen May 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I freaking love your site and all your recipes. I happen to come across this and am so happy to see your site was placed 21st out of 100 Most Inspirational Weight Loss Bloggers of 2013!!
http://diettogo.com/blog/100-most-inspirational-weight-loss-bloggers-2013

Congrats!

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Sharon May 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I came across your site and this recipe and (yay!) I had all the ingredients to make this wonderful salad. Dressing is whipped up and ready to go, just waiting for hubby to get home to grill some chicken! thanks so much!

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Sharon May 16, 2013 at 11:10 am

Salad was delicious with grilled chicken! My husband was raving while eating, calling me a “genius” I told him I can’t take the credit. LOL! bookmarked this page and bought more ingredients to make it again as soon as the avocado ripens. Thanks again! We are big fans of buffalo chicken and I can’t wait to try the Buffalo Chicken Rolls. :)

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Karen May 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Mmm, lemons, arugula, avocados, and tomatoes are all among my favorite foods. Great looking salad!

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Jennifer May 16, 2013 at 5:40 am

Looks delicious, this is getting me in the mood for summer :)

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Lauren May 20, 2013 at 10:20 am

This sounds amazing! I’m planning to try this without the cheese!

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Zoe June 5, 2013 at 5:16 am

Arugula is my favourtie salad and I love to put it in every meal (wonderful with spaghetti aglio e olio) and I absolutely love avocado. So this salad is just perfect for me!

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Noni June 18, 2013 at 5:23 am

This salad is so delicious, we made it three evenings in a row for dinner:) The combination of lemon, parmesan and garlic is amazing!

[to Andie: did you get my email, i wrote to you back in march? i know you get a lot of emails and i don't expect an answer, i am just curious if you got it]

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Andie Mitchell June 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Noni, thank you! So glad to hear you tried it and liked it!!
About the email- I don’t recall seeing one from you? Can you resend?

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Noni June 19, 2013 at 4:12 am

This is where I sent it to, should I try another adress or resend it to this one?

Von: Noni Garb
An: CanYouStayForDinner@gmail.com
Datum: 17.March 2013 18:45

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Iris January 20, 2014 at 10:59 pm

I made it for my family and they loved it. Arugula, avocados, and tomatoes are all my favorite. Great salad, thank you SO much!!!

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