Summer Arugula Salad with Pickled Onions

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I love this Summer Arugula salad with Pickled Onions! So does everyone I serve it to. It goes really well with grilled steak which makes for a great summer meal! It is alive with flavor and nutrient dense!

A Little Bit About Arugula

Get the freshest Arugula you can find. Organic definitely has more flavor. You can taste the difference. Arugula or rocket is an edible plant used for its peppery flavor. You can add your favorite nutrient dense topping to it and a homemade vinaigrette and it is a nice switch from traditional lettuces. The good news is it is in the same family as Kale!

Arugula is a leafy green vegetable that has many nutritional benefits for almost every area of the body, from the heat to toe, as well as the skin and blood vessels. A zesty addition to any salad, it’s also great in other recipes, such as pesto and soup. I have even seen it on pizza!

You want to make sure your arugula looks fresh without any yellow or wilted leaves.

The Recipe for Summer Arugula Salad is Simple

  1. Wash and dry Arugula and place in large salad bowl.
  2. Add organic heirloom tomatoes to give it a great color.
  3. Dice an avocado and spoon it into salad.
  4. Sometimes I will add cucumbers as well.
  5. Add Pickled Onions
Lime Infused red onions are a compliment to any dish!

How to make the pickled onions:

You will need a lime, medium onion, salt, pepper and one tablespoon of olive oil (optional).

  • Slice a medium red onion thinly and place in stainless or glass bowl.
  • Zest a lime and set aside to sprinkle on the salad.
  • Juice one lime over the onions.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil (Optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.

Since you are using these onions on the Arugula Salad you can add 1-2 tablespoons of high-quality olive oil to the onions which will make a nice dressing. If I am making the onions for burgers then I leave the oil out.

Toss onion and lime mixture and allow to marry for 30 minutes.

Spread over salad and toss! Serve as a side to grilled meat or fish! I love to add fresh organic corn on the cob as a side. I have been found to slice the corn off of the cob and add chimichurri to my steak. WOW talk about flavor! This is a meal that will have your mouth watering every time you think about it!

If the salad is a little dry you can add a vinaigrette dressing or additional lime juice and olive oil as well. I will also add a little salt and pepper to the whole salad.

There is only one other salad I love more than this one! Check out our Kale Salad here!

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45 responses to “Summer Arugula Salad with Pickled Onions”

  1. Alexis Farmer Avatar
    Alexis Farmer

    This arugula salad looks super yummy! Love pickled onions on anything.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      They are the best! I can not believe how many years I went not knowing they exist!

  2. Alexis Farmer Avatar
    Alexis Farmer

    Ooh, I love pickled onions. This salad looks awesome!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Me too! I eat them all the time now.

  3. Alice Avatar

    Oh, salad with pickled onions! I did not cook this one yet. I’ll definitely try, it looks delicious!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      No cooking! Just soak in lime juice, salt and pepper! Easy!

  4. Tina Avatar

    Love arugula and love the combo of lime and avocado! Great salad.

  5. Monica Avatar

    We are attempting to eat healthier so making fun and unique salads is a must. I am going to try making this tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      You will not regret it Monica!

  6. Jennifer Avatar

    This looks like a delicious salad! Even though summer is over, I still love salads year round, especially full colored salads.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Let me know how you like it, Jennifer!

  7. Shalese Avatar

    I’m going to the store to buy these ingredients so that I can have this salad for lunch next week.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      Awesome! Let me know what you think!

  8. Shalese Avatar

    I am going to the store and buying these ingredients to make this for next week’s lunches.

  9. Kathryn at Avatar

    Love a creative take on salads! Thanks for sharing!

  10. T.M. Brown Avatar

    Not normally a pickled onion person, but this recipe seems to click. I do have an adventurous palate, so I may just need to try this out.

  11. Naomi Avatar

    Love Arugula salad, this looks yummy!

  12. D I Avatar
    D I

    beautiful salad. can’t wait to try it.

    1. Tricia Avatar

      Let me know what you think!

  13. Christa Avatar

    I love salads, and this one look delicious!

  14. Tiffany Avatar

    Mmmm, super simple and delish! An excellent way to use our CSA share.

  15. Mom Life Optimized Avatar

    Pickled onions in my salad? Yum!! Can’t wait to try this.

  16. Lisa Kulpa Avatar
    Lisa Kulpa

    So simple! LOVE pickled onions so I must try this!

  17. Michele Vadnais Avatar

    Looks beautiful! Can’t wait to try pickling those onions!

  18. Deanna Avatar

    I’ve never tried pickled onions. I’m a salad fanatic so I would love to try this new to me topping.

  19. gail Avatar

    Pickled onions are a must have for me!!

  20. Kimberly Avatar

    Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Shar Avatar

    This looks so yummy! Definitely going to try it soon!


    That salad is beautiful!!

  23. Jess Avatar

    YUM! These pickled onions look great! Love something different.

    1. Tricia Snow Avatar

      They never disappoint!

  24. Ashley Reese Avatar

    Yum! I love to use arugula in salads!

  25. Kirsten Avatar

    Beautiful picture. Love your website!

  26. Kirsten Avatar

    Beautiful pictures. Love your site!

  27. Kirsten Avatar

    Beautiful picture! Love your site.

  28. Jocelyn Avatar

    This looks amazing! So fresh and flavorful. I have been on a salad fix lately, so I’m on the hunt for new salad options. Pinning for later!

    1. Tricia Avatar

      Love it! Thanks you for pinning it!

  29. Melissa Parcel Avatar

    I love pickled onions but never think to make them!

    1. Tricia Avatar

      Now I always have red onion and a lime on hand! Can’t go without them!

  30. Laura Avatar

    Oh!!! Pickled onions! Great way to jazz up a salad! Love it!!!

  31. Pam Avatar

    You had me at Arugula. I almost always add it to my salads – and pickled onions? Yum!

    1. Tricia Avatar

      It’s my new superfood!

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