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Maddy’s Arugula Salad

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This healthy Arugula Salad is full of clean, simple ingredients and dressed perfectly with an emulsified balsamic vinaigrette. An ideal side dish for any meal!

Maddy's Arugula Salad in a white ceramic serving bowl

Maddy’s Healthy Arugula Salad

My youngest sister, Maddy, has a knack for cooking without a recipe.  As more of a baker, I always rely on written instructions and rarely mess with the proportions of leavening to flour and fat. My tweaks tend to be changes in flavorings or kind of chocolate. While we were back in Iowa visiting our family home, she whipped up some fabulous broiled salmon and this delightful salad. I have a feeling you’ll love Maddy’s Arugula salad as much as I did.

Maddy's Arugula Salad tossed with salad dressing

It was all about the simple dressing…Maddy started by mashing a garlic clove with about 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, then mixed that with a well-aged balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Her secret weapon was adding about a tablespoon of mayo which seemed to temper the bitter arugula nicely. Halved grape tomatoes, English cucumber, and avocado chunks were placed on top of the salad and when dinner was served, we tossed it all together with the marvelous vinaigrette.

 Although I love to post sugary, fat-laden, chocolate coated, drool-worthy desserts best of all, my diet is much healthier than it appears. This sort of salad would be piled on my dinner plate, with just a small piece of chicken or helping of the entree of the day. And if I’m still hungry, I just pull a cookie out of the freezer to appease my sweet tooth. So if you’re still trying to backtrack to that pre-holiday weight, check out all the skinny recipes shared by our contributors this week.

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Maddy’s Arugula Salad

Maddy’s Arugula Salad

Fresh produce tossed in a light vinaigrette makes or a fabulous, healthy side dish!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • Arugula
  • 8 Grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced, then quartered
  • Avocado, cut into cubes


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste.


  1. Fill salad bowl with arugula. Top with chopped veggies.
  2. To prepare dressing, put salt on mixing board. Put garlic clove on top of salt and mince the garlic and salt together. Whisk garlic/salt mixture with vinegar, then whisk in olive oil. Whisk in mayonnaise.
  3. Toss salad with dressing just before serving. Refrigerate any extra dressing.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 295mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g


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54 comments on “Maddy’s Arugula Salad”

  1. I’ve been experimenting with homemade salad dressings and this one is right on time.

  2. Love the dressing, Lizzy! This salad sounds perfect for me!

  3. Lovely looking salad and the dressing sounds fabulous!!It would pair well with any food 🙂

  4. Wow, this is a beautiful salad Liz. Apparently Maddy is the yin to your yang. Her recipe for the entree and your recipes for dessert.

  5. Arugula is so good but alone yeah bitter. I have to try that simple but wonderful dressing! Very nice salad.

  6. My husband loves arugula but I tend to avoid it because I am not a fan of the bitterness but I am going to try your sisters dressing

  7. My husband loves arugula but I tend to avoid it because I am not a fan of the bitterness but I am going to try your sisters dressing and see if I can like too 🙂

  8. Lol, Liz, I just read your comment on my blog about how you brought a salad this week to avoid a baking catastrophe like mine! I don’t blame you one bit for writing about this salad – it’s delicious! I love every single component in there. This sounds so fresh, vibrant, healthy and flavourful, everything you can ask for in a healthy meal. Throw in a lean protein and dinner is done!

  9. Love this! So light and healthy! I love Grape tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado in my salads!

  10. Yummmmy. Healthy. DeeeLISH! Xx

  11. I pile my dish high with salads just like this too. Next to soup, it’s my favorite type of dish. Well, ok, unless we’re listing dessert too. Then soup is second, and salads are third 🙂 I almost always have arugula in the garden that I go pick for my salads.

  12. We like all greens including Arugula. This sounds like the perfect salad!!!

  13. I never use mayo in my dressing, always dijon, but it looks so good I might have to switch it out and give it a try!

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