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Strawberry Arugula Salad – Loaded Spring Salad with Berries and Lemon

strawberry arugula salad

Nothing rings in Springtime like strawberries, fennel and arugula. I originally created this strawberry arugula salad for my cookbook, Simple Green Meals, and it is definitely a favorite.

While this salad recipe may contain a few plants you aren’t familiar with, give it a try! These were new to me at one time too, and I got to discover just how incredible they are. Trust me.

Fresh, homemade dressing to top a homemade salad

Strawberry Arugula Salad Recipe

For an extra creamy dressing, combine all dressing ingredients (except for the poppy seeds!) in a blender or food processor. Blend until creamy. You may need to add a bit of water to help it blend well. Hand mix in the poppy seeds, then store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Slice the fennel bulb, Meyer lemon, strawberries, almonds and orange, then toss with the arugula and berries. Once you’re ready to eat, shake up that homemade vinaigrette and pour over the salad.

I won’t judge if you lick the bowl on this one. It’s ridiculously good. I love Meyer lemons so much I started growing them in my yard and eating them like apples. If this is your first time trying one then I dare you not to immediately fall in love :-).

fennel, lemon and arugula for a delicious meal

Easy Ingredient Swaps

While Meyer lemons are definitely preferred (they have the best flavor) in this strawberry arugula salad, you *can* swap them out for regular lemons. Just know they will be tarter and smaller. You can swap fennel for white onions as well as the berries for any berries you have on hand.

If you need this salad to be nut-freethen swap the almonds with hemp hearts or sunflower seeds, and swap the cashews in the lemon vinaigrette with the same.

perfect spring recipe that is 100% plant based

Strawberry Salad FAQs

What goes well with arugula?

Arugula typically has a stronger, peppery flavor. I like to pair it with lighter, sweeter ingredients like berries as well as tangy fruit like oranges.

What dressing is best on a strawberry arugula salad?

My Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette is the perfect pairing for this salad. It’s sweet, tangy and creamy.

How long does a strawberry arugula salad stay fresh?

If you mix up this salad without the dressing it can keep up to 48 hours in the fridge. For the best results though, I recommend eating it right away.

ingredients for strawberry lemon arugula salad

The Best Salad Ingredients

This strawberry arugula salad will leave you feeling great inside and out. The rawkstar ingredient list includes antioxidant-rich fruits, peppery leafy greens and a beautifully creamy salad dressing.

Arugula– This leafy green is in the same family as kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts, with the same powerful health benefits.

Fennel– A super-fiber bulb that is lightly licorice-flavored and crunchy.

Orange– A vitamin C powerhouse.

Berries– All the berries in this arugula salad are bursting with antioxidants that fight cancer, aid in cell repair and taste heavenly.

Mayer lemon– Lemons can help lower blood sugar through their pectin.

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Don’t forget to let me know how you like my strawberry arugula salad below! It’s got many of my favorite fruits and veggies, so I hope you love it too.

Strawberry Arugula Salad

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Total Time10 minutes

Servings2

Ingredients

  • 4 cups arugula
  • ½ fennel bulb (very thinly sliced)
  • 1 orange (peeled and segmented)
  • ½ cup strawberries (sliced)
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ Mayer lemon (seeded and very thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup sliced ​​almonds

Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 2 . cashews (soaked for 1 to 4 hours)
  • 2 . Mayer lemon (juiced)
  • 1.5 test honey
  • ¼ test sea ​​salt
  • dash ground black pepper
  • 2 . olive oil
  • 1.5 test poppy seeds

Instructions

  • Combine the cashews, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add a teaspoon of water if needed. Mix in poppy seeds and set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, combine the arugula, fennel, oranges, berries, lemon and almonds.

  • When ready to serve, drizzle dressing on top.

Notes

  • Store dressing in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Swap in whatever berries you have on hand.
  • Hemp hearts or sunflower seeds can be swapped in for almonds in the salad and for the cashews in the dressing.
  • Meyer lemons are less tart and much sweeter (and larger) than regular lemons. You can swap in regular lemons if you can’t find Meyer lemons, yet it will change the flavor of the salad and vinaigrette.

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 488kcal (24%) Carbohydrates: 41g (14%) Protein: 12g (24%) Fat: 35g (54%) Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g Monnounsaturated Fat: 22g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 336mg (15th%) Potassium: 952mg (27%) Fiber: 12g (50%) Sugar: 20g (22%) Vitamin A: 1213IU (24%) Vitamin C: 89mg (108%) Calcium: 253mg (25%) Iron: 4mg (22%)