Simply Elegant Arugula Salad

I’m not gonna talk much tonight for a change.

For this is a dish that calls for so very few words.

What could one possibly say about such a simple and elegant dish that its sheer beauty doesn’t already reveal?

Just a mere glimpse in its direction and you’re already convinced: you simply have to have it.

This one is a feast for the eyes just as much as it is for your tummy.

It’s a pretty beauty queen that just begs to be admired.

But don’t worry though… she’s NOT the high maintenance kind.

All she asks of you really is a few minutes of your time to get her all good and ready to go, and a few more minutes to completely fill your eyes with her beauty before you finally surrender and lose yourself in her.

You might think that I’m pushing it a bit, but seriously, when I had her right in front of me, I thought it was one of the prettiest things I’d ever looked at.

Well, ok, let’s be fair. One of the prettiest salads. I just couldn’t take my eyes off her.

For one of the rare times during a photo shoot, I was in no hurry to dig in. I just wanted to take pictures.

Tons and tons of pictures.

I just couldn’t get enough.

Until I finally dug in.

Then it was a whole ‘nother story!

It IS just as good as it looks.

Simple Arugula Salad

I get the feeling that this one will find its way to my dining room table on many many occasions during the course of the summer.

Ready in minutes, light, fresh, super tasty and oh so beautiful.

What’s there not to like?

Simply Elegant Arugula Salad

Serves 1

Simply Elegant Arugula Salad


  • 2 cups fresh arugula leaves
  • 4-5 radicchio leaves, shredded
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • 25g walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 10g fresh parmesan shavings
  • 1-2 chive sprigs, finely chopped
  • Chive flowers, to garnish
  • Vinaigrette
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fermented garlic flowers (or 1 small garlic clove, finely crushed)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper


  1. Add all the ingredients of the vinaigrette to a small mixing bowl and whisk until well combined and slighlty emulsified.
  2. Arrange the arugula leaves directly in your serving plate.
  3. Top with radicchio leaves, avocado pieces, walnuts, parmesan shavings and chives. Garnish with chive flowers, if available.
  4. Pour vinaigrette overtop and stir in when ready to serve.

Simple Arugula Salad

Simple Arugula Salad

Simple Arugula Salad

Simple Arugula Salad

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  1. says

    Wow, such a poetic description :-). But I agree, this salad inspires this kind of admiration – absolutely lovely! Gorgeous clicks!
    p.s. I have never seen chive flowers before.

    • says

      Thank you so much Elana… That gorgeous salad deserved no less. Glad you like the pics. They definitely are amongst my favorites so far. The subject truly inspired me, you see! 😉 And really? You had never seen chive flowers before? If you ever come across one, make sure you taste it too! I happen to love them! And they look pretty with just about any food. In fact, it’s more like the other way around: they’ll make just about any food look pretty.

  2. Eha says

    The chive flowers ‘do’ it every time! I have lots of pots of chives [mainly the garlicky kind] in my herb garden and a smile always lights up my face when the purple appears atop the tall stalks! This IS a beautiful salad :) !

    • says

      I know… they ARE stunning, aren’t they? I only wish they lasted all summer long. I would use them ALL the time! And they do brighten up the flower beds.

      Glad you also think that this salad is beautiful. Almost too pretty to eat! :)


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