Arugula Salad with Parmesan and Walnuts

Last weekend,  I had a bit of a  “salad fail.”  In the spirit of creativity in the kitchen, for a dinner gathering of friends, I conjured up quite a project: grilled nectarines, crispy bacon, chopped queso fresco, walnuts and a balsamic dressing.   Honestly, it was kind of a mess. The elements didn’t quite come together as I had hoped.  (Lesson learned – queso fresco is much better in empanadas than in salads.)

The following night, for a simple family dinner, I threw together one of my favorite salads of all time – this salad of peppery baby arugula, shaved parmesan, and a handful of walnuts.  I tossed it with a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing. Virtually effortless and absolutely perfect.  Now THIS is what I should have served my friends on Saturday night. We discovered this salad years ago when posted in London, where for some wacky reason they call arugula “rocket.”  (I never did work out why, but loved this rocket salad all the same.)

As I’ve been trying to get back into the rhythm of blogging, I’ve contemplated the sorts of recipes I’d like to share.  I’ve decided that my recipes don’t necessarily always need to be wildly creative and unique.  While I do enjoy that challenge, I’d also like to also share my go-to recipes, even if they’re breathtakingly simple.  This falls squarely into that category.

Add this simple, elegant little salad to your repertoire, my friends.  It’s a House Morell classic for good reason.

Arugula Salad with Parmesan and Walnuts

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Arugula Salad with Parmesan and Walnuts
Serves: 4
  • 4 cups baby arugula, arugula (or I have used baby kale here too, which works nicely)
  • ½ cup shaved parmesean (you may add more to taste, I won't tell)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • Lemon Vinaigrette:
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (this will be about 2 lemons)
  • ½ cup good olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • In a small mason jar, mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Shake until well combined.
  • Spread the arugula, shaved parmesan and walnuts onto a platter. Toss with dressing to taste (I like a light coating of dressing, so usually use about half of the dressing and save the rest for the next time I make the salad.)


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11 Responses to "Arugula Salad with Parmesan and Walnuts"
  1. Denise says:

    Actually, MB, your salad was delicious – as was the entire dinner. You’re too hard on yourself! Thank you for another lovely evening at House Morell.

    • mb says:

      Thanks Denise, but such is the life of a hyper-critical food blogger 🙂 This salad IS better…

  2. MA Burtnett says:

    Thanks for this delicious and simple recipe MB. The perfect light salad with the sultry DC dog days of summer in full swing. What wine would you pair it with?

    • mb says:

      I’m on a Sancerre kick at the moment, Mary Ann. Honestly, I’m not great with wine pairings 🙂

  3. This looks like a perfect salad to me! I love the crisp greens with the light dressing and of course a few walnuts for crunch!

  4. Jenny says:

    This salad looks perfect for summer! I want to try your lemon vinaigrette. I am enjoying making my own salad dressings this summer.

  5. Fiona Devery says:

    This recipe is a family favorite here as well. I think I will make this deliciously simple salad for my dinner tonight. Thanks MB.

  6. There’s nothing like a good salad, and yours look simple and delicious. I love the peppery flavor of arugula. Thank you for sharing at FF 🙂

  7. Rena says:

    I love all the ingredients in your salad. Thanks for sharing!

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