italian arugula salad

Italian arugula salad with parmesan cheese and cherry tomatoes. This is the traditional Italian arugula salad recipe.

arugula salad

Insalata di rucola, is the traditional Italian arugula salad, omnipresent on Italian Summer tables. It is easy, fresh, and delicious.

If you ask for an arugula salad at an Italian restaurant, they’ll only ask if you want balsamic vinegar on it. Then they’ll bring you this glorious bowl of tiny prickly leaves, topped with parmesan flakes and the basic dressing: olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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arugula salad recipe

Arugula salad recipe with cherry tomatoes and parmesan flakes.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 114 kcal
Author Claudia Rinaldi


  • 1 handful arugula leaves
  • 6-8 cherry tomatoes or piccadilly
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese flakes
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  1. Cut cherry tomatoes in two.

  2. Wash and drain the arugula leaves. Dry them with a kitchen cloth and place them in a bowl or serving plate.

  3. Add the tomatoes and season with olive oil, and salt and pepper to your taste.

  4. Finally, add the parmesan flakes, mix, and serve.

Recipe Notes

Try adding a few drops of balsamic vinegar!

Enjoy your delicious lunch (or side dish)!


Claudia Rinaldi

Claudia Rinaldi


Digital artisan and curator of the Simposio magazine; maker of Gourmet Project, an Italian food and culture blog; and life in Italy relator through the Italian Colors Newsletter. Claudia lives in magnificent Rome. She loves pasta, “melanzane alla parmigiana”, hats, suitcases and airports, Christmas, and books. Her mission is to show you that Italy is so much more than spaghetti and clichés, but a land of endless traditions, flavors, and heritage.