Arugula Avocado Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Arugula Avocado Salad Recipe with Bright Lemon Vinaigrette - 170 calories!

This arugula avocado salad has the brightest lemon vinaigrette. The salad is light, creamy, and just about the loveliest side I can think of for a dinner party, but you can also add some heartiness with beans, chicken, salmon, or shrimp, too! 

OK, I admit it; this recipe is simple. It’s light, too, and that whole fluffy-puffy-pile-of-greens state of existence is just generally not for me, because my salads? They rarely weigh less than, oh I don’t know, say, a half-pound cheeseburger? Just a guess.

Arugula Avocado Salad Recipe with Bright Lemon Vinaigrette - 170 calories!

So this fairly dainty plateful is a far cry from the norm. But I assure you—it’s downright delicious. A side dish, probably. A starter, maybe. But so, so fresh and perfect in its purity.

What makes it special is the combination of a precious few high quality ingredients. Strangely enough, I chose arugula as the base—arugula, the same leafy green that, until yesterday, I had absolutely no love for whatsoever. It was always too peppery, too bitter. Now, paired with creamy cool avocado and the concentrated sweetness of cherry tomatoes, it’s mellowed. Milder. I even welcome its spiciness in contrast to the rich avocado.

Arugula Avocado Salad Recipe with Bright Lemon Vinaigrette - 170 calories!

To bring all of these flavors together in a balanced, complementary way, I whisked together a garlicky lemon Parmesan vinaigrette—made with a fruity, good quality extra-virgin olive oil. This is the appetizer salad you’ll want to prepare when guests come over for dinner. This is the one you can add grilled chicken, shrimp, steak, chickpeas, or tofu to, for satisfying bulk, and call a complete meal.

A tip: Add a light sprinkling of coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to the tops of your simply dressed salads from now on for a fantastic new dimension of texture and flavor.

Arugula Avocado Salad Recipe with Bright Lemon Vinaigrette - 170 calories!


Arugula Avocado Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This arugula salad is light, creamy, and a fantastic side for a dinner party.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: arugula and avocado salad, avocado salad recipe, easy avocado salad, homemade lemon vinaigrette
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 177kcal


  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 ounces arugula
  • 1 ½ cups cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 avocado peeled and pitted
  • coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, garlic, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and olive oil until well combined.
  • In a large bowl, combine the arugula and cherry tomatoes. Add the dressing and toss to lightly coat all of the leaves.
  • To serve, divide the dressed greens and tomatoes among four serving plates. Slice the avocado and divide the pieces evenly on top of each salad. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt and pepper over the tops if desired.


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 349mg | Potassium: 512mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1210IU | Vitamin C: 29.2mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1.2mg


30 thoughts on “Arugula Avocado Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

  1. Ms.O

    This might be a late comment, but I love it that you are back to your usual journal-like blog format. So much fun ;)

  2. Hootie

    Lovely recipe…will be picking up arugula at the store for the second time ever! First time was a bust bc of the bitterness like you said but I trust your culinary opinion my dear and will give it another go :)

  3. Lisa

    Hi Andie- I love your website! Are you writing a book about your experiences so far, and if so, when will it be released so I can get one?

    1. Andie Mitchell Post author

      Hi Lisa!

      Thank you! Yes, I’m writing a weight loss memoir (due out in late 2014) and a cookbook to follow. I will be sure to share all about the release dates when they approach :)


      1. Lisa

        Thanks so much for your reply! Well, late 2014 can’t come soon enough for me! I’ll certainly be looking for it. I’m very excited to read it-

        I just want you to know how much I appreciate your sharing your story. The way you are able to verbalize your feelings and thoughts, feels so familiar to me, and I always love reading your posts!

        thank you again!!

  4. Sally

    Yum! One of my favorite salads is diced tomatoes & avocados (mixed together w/ some salt & pepper) on top of arugula – this salad kicks it up a notch and makes it presentable for company :-). (I would not serve mine to guests, it is pretty messy looking ;-)).
    Thanks for this, Andie!!

  5. Reanna

    This looks great! What a way to welcome summer days! I know it’s a little early, but yesterday and today it is in the 90’s in St Louis.

  6. Sharon

    I came across your site and this recipe and (yay!) I had all the ingredients to make this wonderful salad. Dressing is whipped up and ready to go, just waiting for hubby to get home to grill some chicken! thanks so much!

    1. Sharon

      Salad was delicious with grilled chicken! My husband was raving while eating, calling me a “genius” I told him I can’t take the credit. LOL! bookmarked this page and bought more ingredients to make it again as soon as the avocado ripens. Thanks again! We are big fans of buffalo chicken and I can’t wait to try the Buffalo Chicken Rolls. :)

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  8. Noni

    This salad is so delicious, we made it three evenings in a row for dinner:) The combination of lemon, parmesan and garlic is amazing!

    [to Andie: did you get my email, i wrote to you back in march? i know you get a lot of emails and i don’t expect an answer, i am just curious if you got it]

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  10. Iris

    I made it for my family and they loved it. Arugula, avocados, and tomatoes are all my favorite. Great salad, thank you SO much!!!

  11. Julie Hiebert

    Very delicious! I cooked some quinoa, added some craisins and poured about 1/2 the dressing on this first. I plated each salad with greens, quinoa mixture, halved cherry tomatoes and avocado. Served with additional dressing (if desired) and freshly grated salt and pepper. Will definitely make again!

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