Arugula in my garden is riotous this year! It must love all the cool weather we are having!

Ooops! Did I just say the best summer salad? What I meant to say was the best and easiest summer salad!

Arugula Salad is ON THE MENU at least once a week... and now a whole lot more!

Here's how I make it...

This salad can be made with any fresh greens, but the slightly peppery taste of arugula is my very favorite!

Add grilled chicken or salmon and you have a beautiful dinner salad!

garden greens


1 bunch of fresh arugula or other leafy green
3-4 TBS pine nuts
shaved Parmesan cheese
1 or 2 lemon
1/4 cup good olive oil
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
good pinch of salt

Wash salad greens and pat dry with a paper towel. Put greens in a salad bowl.

just picked and ready to be washed

Toast pine nuts in a dry pan over medium heat, turning often. Watch pine nuts very closely, they go from nicely golden to burnt very quickly!

When the pine nuts are toasted turn them out of the pan on to a paper towel and let cool.

To make the vinaigrette... squeeze lemon juice into a small jar with a tight fitting lid.  Add olive oil, mustard and a good pinch of salt. Shake vigorously to emulsify. 

Pour the vinaigrette over the salad greens. Add the shaved Parmesan and toasted pine nuts and toss. Serve immediately.

This is my go-to favorite salad... I hope it will be your too!