Meatless Monday: Simple Arugula Salad

This entry was posted on Jul 25, 2016 by Charlotte Bell.

meatless mondayI love the peppery taste of arugula. Mixed in with other greens, it adds a tangy, spicy flavor. On its own, arugula—especially as it matures and its flavor becomes bolder—makes a flavorful salad that doesn’t need a whole lot of other ingredients to make it interesting.

One of my favorite quick summer dinners is an arugula salad with a simple dressing, hard-boiled eggs for protein, and a crunchy sourdough toast. The idea comes from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. The original recipe doesn’t specify a particular type of dressing, but I use a very simple mix of lemon and olive oil.

Meatless Monday: Arugula Salad

  • 6 to 8 oz. arugula leaves, stems removed
  • 2 eggs, hard-boiled
  • 4 slices of sourdough bread, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • juice of one lemon
  • 3-4 T olive oil, plus another tablespoon or so for brushing onto the bread slices
  • one clove garlic, optional
  • black pepper
  1. Preheat your oven, or better yet, a toaster oven, to 375°. Place bread slices in oven and bake until they’re slightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, wash the arugula leaves and dry. A salad spinner works best for drying. Place arugula in a large salad bowl.
  3. Pour lemon juice and oil into a small jar. Shake the jar to mix.
  4. When bread is done, brush olive oil on the surface. If you like, you can cut a garlic clove in half lengthwise and rub the cut side of the garlic over the surface of the bread.
  5. Pour a small amount of dressing into the salad and toss. Add more dressing if needed.
  6. Serve with chopped hard-boiled egg and bread on the side. Sprinkle with fresh-ground black pepper.
About Charlotte Bell
Charlotte Bell discovered yoga in 1982 and began teaching in 1986. Charlotte is the author of Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide for Everyday Practice and Yoga for Meditators, both published by Rodmell Press. Her third book is titled Hip-Healthy Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Guide to Protecting the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Pain (Shambhala Publications). She writes a monthly column for CATALYST Magazine and serves as editor for Yoga U Online. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and folk sextet Red Rock Rondo, whose DVD won two Emmy awards in 2010.