Lemony Arugula Salad with Parmesan

A new salad perfect for summer + a kitchen hack = WIN-WIN big time! 

Has anyone else gotten a little too dependent on bagged salads this winter? It’s easy to get in a rut, and I’m calling myself out on this one. I’ve been ready/needing to upgrade my salad repertoire, and this LEMONY ARUGULA SALAD with PARMESAN is the perfect fit. Not only does it have a light lemon dressing and baby spring peas, but it also is about as easy as tossing together those bagged salad components.  


My secret is a simple bottled dressing hack. Find a good-quality bottled vinaigrette dressing and add a little lemon juice to it before tossing with the salad. It’s a simple dressing upgrade that meshes perfectly with the Parmesan and greens and has been on my menu ever since I first threw it together. It’s a recipe I finally decided it was too good not to share!

Curious how to find the best salad dressings? Head over to my blog post alllll about it: THE BEST STORE-BOUGHT SALAD DRESSINGS.

Let me know what you think by sharing your final product on social media! If you are looking for more salad inspo, check out SALADS on my blog! Be sure to tag me : Instagram @realfoodreallife_rd / Facebook @Real Food. Real Life. - Carolyn Williams, PHD, RD. Stay tuned for more recipes to come!

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Lemony Arugula Salad with Parmesan

Makes 6 to 8 Servings

Parmesan and fresh peas are the perfect complement to the sharp lemon dressing. To dress it up a little more, toss in 1 cup of trimmed, slightly blanched fresh asparagus pieces.  


  • 1 (5-oz) container baby arugula (or about 5 cups)

  • 1 cup fresh peas or frozen peas, thawed

  • ¼ cup olive-oil vinaigrette dressing

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 to 3 ounces freshly shaved Parmesan 


  1. Combine arugula and peas in a large bowl. Whisk together dressing and lemon juice. Pour over arugula and add cheese; toss to coat greens. 


  • Per Serving (1 serving = 1/6 of salad):

    • 116 Cal | 8g Fat (2g Sat Fat) | 6g Pro | 5g Carb, 2g Fiber, 2g Sugar (0g Added Sugar) | 226 mg Sodium