My Favorite Arugula Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing

My Favorite Arugula Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing
A few weeks ago my co-worker brought me some home-grown lemons. I asked you on Facebook what I should do with them. And I’m going to go ahead and give myself the boring award right now, because instead of all the fabulous things you suggested, I made salad.

In my defense:

1. It’s my favorite salad. And now it can be yours, too.

2. I was all ready to bake a lemon cake, and maybe sometime I still will, but then I made cookies. Like, a lot of cookies. And the cake option was crossed off the list.

3. Can I just tell you that you haven’t truly lived until you’ve had lemon salad dressing made with fresh-picked lemons? No, maybe I can’t tell you that; it sounds way too pretentious.

My Favorite Arugula Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing
Let’s just get to the salad, shall we?

I can remember a time when salad did nothing for me. Should we have a salad with dinner? No, no we shouldn’t. I think I hit up the dining hall salad bar one time too many in college (and yet somehow not often enough…) and just got bored. Especially in the Maine winter, a cold salad bar salad just tasted like disappointment to me. Add to that the fact that I’ve never been a huge fan of bottled salad dressings, and you’ve got a recipe for “meh.”

That all changed when I discovered arugula. So peppery! So flavorful! I couldn’t get enough. Still can’t. Gradually salads became more exciting to me again. And now, even though I can do spinach again and of course love kale, arugula remains my absolute favorite green.

My Favorite Arugula Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing
This salad is similar to one my mom makes that I’ve loved for years. Between the arugula, grape tomatoes, avocado, hearts of palm, and pine nuts, it has a ton of flavor. Those are also the only ingredients (other than a simple dressing), meaning that it can be thrown together in 5 minutes.

And because citrus dressings always win in my book, we are topping this with a dressing of lemon juice, olive oil and honey. I’ve been loving honey salad dressings lately. I don’t like too much oil in my dressings, so the honey takes the bite off the lemon juice instead of adding more oil.

Although I have to say, the delicious lemons I made this dressing with didn’t have much bite to speak of. They were SO good, and sweeter than regular lemons – almost like meyer lemons. Citrus doesn’t grow in Utah; it was actually my co-worker’s brother in California that grew these ones. Then they crossed state lines to end up in my kitchen! And then my stomach. And I was soooo happy about it.

I hope you’ll forgive me for posting two salads in one week. Like I said… COOKIES. #worthit

Have a wonderful weekend! It is supposed to be a rainy one here… just another excuse to spend some time in the kitchen baking more cookies eating salad.

My Favorite Arugula Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing

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My Favorite Arugula Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing
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For the dressing:
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper
For the salad:
  • 5 oz arugula
  • 10 oz grape tomatoes, halved if desired
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 14-oz can hearts of palm, drained and sliced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
  1. To make the dressing, microwave the honey in a small microwave-safe bowl for 10 seconds. Whisk in the lemon juice, olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  2. Combine all salad ingredients in a large salad bowl. Pour salad dressing over the top. (You may not use all the dressing.) Toss to combine. Serve and enjoy!


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  1. says

    One of my friends has a lemon tree and I’m thinking I need to petition him for a bushel of lemons to make gallons of your dressing. Sounds so good! I LOVE arugula. It’s salad tiiiiiime!

  2. says

    There is nothing better than a fresh lemon dressing. I’m glad you did something so simple with them. Arugula is my favorite green and this salad sounds perfect. BTW, those bowls are amazing :)

  3. says

    Salad and cookies sound like the perfect balance. Seriously.
    This salad + dressing look fabulous, and I’m totally going to try sometime! I can’t wait for summer and all its lovely fresh lettuce, fruits and veggies.
    pinning this lovely creation!


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