Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette #SundaySupper

This healthy Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette recipe has a delicious combination of peppery greens and dressing with a touch of sweetness from the maple syrup. Our contribution to today’s Sunday Supper Winter Salads event. Click here to jump down to the recipe.
Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette recipe has a delicious combination of peppery greens and a touch of sweetness from the dressing. Healthy and tasty!

When I heard the #SundaySupper group was going to focus on winter salads today, I knew I’d need to share a recipe. I have a knack for making salads that have been taking seconds and asking, “What’s in this salad?”.

Today I’m sharing Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette. The sweetness of maple syrup in the vinaigrette is a nice contrast to the pepperiness of the arugula. I also added a bit of radicchio, which has a bitter quality to it that also gets picked up by the maple vinaigrette. I always like to add a bit of cheese to my salads, and top it off with some toasted pumpkin seeds for some crunch. Both of those tasty items are part of this arugula salad with maple vinaigrette recipe.

When I’m ordering salad out somewhere, I like to order the dressing on the side, as otherwise the greens can get doused with too much dressing. However, when making salad at home, I like to toss the salad with just enough dressing so that the greens are consistently covered. Making a fresh, homemade dressing and then making sure ever leaf in the salad has a bit of that good taste is definitely one reason people love my salads!

Tossing arugula salad with maple vinaigrette

I’m not sure if there’s a strict definition of winter salads, but I thought this Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette qualified for a few reasons. The baby arugula I use for this is available fresh in ready to use packs pretty consistently throughout the winter, so it strikes me as being less tied to the spring or summer season than some salads. Plus I associate maple syrup with colder winter days, perhaps because it can top waffles or pancakes for a comforting breakfast. And next month the maple trees around here will be producing the sap again that gets turned into syrup.

Another reason to make this arugula salad is that the tasty little green packs a lot of nutrition! I learned while researching for my Collards & Kale Cookbook that arugula provides a lot of vitamins and minerals. If you want to try an arugula salad with a different flavor, try my Tuscan Arugula Salad.

This salad is pretty easy to put together. I wrote the recipe to serve three, but it is easily scaled up to serve more. Give our Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette a try, and I suspect your family will want to know what’s in it, too!

Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
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Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Sweet maple vinaigrette provides a nice contrast to the peppery arugula salad greens and radicchio.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • pepper to taste
  • 3 ozs baby arugula
  • ½ head of radicchio, chopped into thin slices
  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
  1. Make the vinaigrette: combine the syrup, olive oil, soy sauce and vinegar in bowl.
  2. Whisk in the mustard. Add pepper to taste. Set aside to toss with the arugula salad.
  3. Add the arugula to a large salad bowl, then add the radicchio and bell pepper.
  4. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the sald.
  5. Gradually pour the maple vinaigrette over the greens. Toss to coast the leaves thoroughly with the dressing.
  6. Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds on top of the salad. Serve and enjoy!

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    • Cooking Chat says

      I be you are right, Jeff, that walnuts be a nice addition. We avoid them due to a nut allergy in the house but otherwise I’d be all in! (I’m not the one with the allergy)


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