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Arugula Cucumber Salad with Lemon Dressing

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Nothing like fresh green vegetables to boost your health and happiness –this salad is a great choice any time of year!

Arugula. Cucumbers. Olive Oil. Lemon. Salt. What could be easier?! I┬álike to make this super healthy, yet simple salad for festive meals such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur Breakfast or Passover Seder. I also will serve it on a Friday night when we’re having an easy, casual dinner firing up some burgers on the backyard grill.

Arugula Cucumber Salad with Lemon Dressingprint

  • 5 ounces arugula
  • 3 medium cucumbers, quartered horizontally, then cut into cut in 1″ pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Serve

Serves 6

I made this salad during one of our first dinners in our new house. My husband ran out to the grocery store to pick up meat and arugula for dinner while I wrangled 12 teenagers and worked on a couple of magazine deadlines. He travels quite a bit and is not home a lot, but when he’s in around he’s the best dad in town.

As we ate our very tasty dinner (he grilled the meat, he’s much better at it than I am), I enjoyed the beautiful tableau before me. The white dishes against the old wooden table with neutral linen napkins was really working for the aesthetic section of my brain. And while I’m no food stylist (I only wish I had the talent of Kelly, Danielle and Stacy) I thought this setting looked lovely, and because of that I made sure to capture the moment after we had finished our meal.

Grocery-List-1967Earlier in the evening I had made a grocery list for my dear hubby, which I want to share with you.

I think it’s really funny when everyone assumes my entire family eats as healthy as I do. My husband is far from gluten-free, and my teenagers are beyond organic –as in they don’t really bother with it anymore. So sad.

In any event, here is a photo of the piece of paper I sent to the store with my husband. The boys did not eat with us. I had the 1/4 pound of grassfed beef, and my husband had a pound of the “other” beef as he does not care for the taste of grassfed. We had a good giggle about the wording on list as I over-seasoned my burger (I don’t like the taste of meat period), but that’s another story entirely.

Here are some of my other salad recipes:


posted on September 3, 2013, 12 comments

  1. Denise Pouchet

    This looks simple, tasty and perfect for the few fresh items I have in my fridge tonight! :)

  2. What a wonderfully simple salad. Arugula has its own delicious peppery flavour that not much else is needed :)

  3. jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur @ chocolateandchoufleur.com

    This sounds like such a fresh and light salad. I love the peppery bite of arugula, and I imagine it going so well with the lemon dressing!

  4. staci

    Oh my gosh
    Thank you for posting your grocery list and the little snippet about your family. My husband couldn’t care less if it comes out of a box or is freshly made. It is nice to know that not all couples share the same view points on food and healthy eating, but you keep to what you think is the best even if not all your family members understand.

  5. Kiki

    Hi. I want to give you an idea for your grass fed burger. Like you, I do not like the taste of meat. I cannot maintain my health without it. My mother made me a grass fed burger that I love. She took a bunch (and I mean a lot!) of fresh mint, chopped it up and mixed it with the meat along with salt (Celtic) and fresh ground pepper. She cooked it by frying it in pastured butter. It was fantastic! My husband and two boys (13 &11) love it too. I hope you try it and enjoy it.

  6. MAIRBUNNY

    I HAVE NEVER HAD ARUGULA BUT IT SOUNDS GOOD AND I WAS JUST THINKING THAT I HAVE A BUNCH OF MANGO I NEED TO USE AND IT WOULD PROBALLY BE REALLY GOOD IN THAT TO WITH MAYBE SOME SLICED ALMONDS.
    I LOVE YOUR GROCERY LIST!!!! IT IS SO CUTE!
    MY HUSBAND BLESS HIS HEART EATS EVERYTHING I EAT WHICH SURE MAKES COOKING EASIER. BECAUSE I AM GF,DAIRY FEE, SOY FREE,LOW SALT, AND VERY LIMITED ON OTHER FOODS. THANK GOD FOR YOUR BOOKS ELANA OR I WOULD REALLY BE LOST. JUST GOT YOUR NEWEST BOOK AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO TRYING NEW RECIPES FROM IT.
    HOPE THIS FINDS YOU FEELING WELL.
    BEST WISHES,
    MAIRBUNNY

  7. Margaret French @ therightrecipe.org

    It was so nice to meet you this weekend! Thank you for coming to Winston-Salem, NC.

  8. Joan Cortez

    I just finished up my nuts.com almond flour. I just tried Honeyville. Hands down it is so much better. The consistency of my almond joy bars was beyond words. I’m sold on this brand and I got it off Amazon and paid no shipping.

  9. Edith

    This is one of my favorite go to salads. I add pomegranate and sunflower seeds. It makes the salad sing!

  10. Michelle

    So funny to hear you don’t like the taste of meat! I don’t either… never really have, not even as a kid. I try to make myself eat more and more of it, because I feel best grain free, and am allergic to legumes (peanuts, soy, lentils, all those other great protein sources!).

  11. Jan

    I am another Paleo/Primal person who doesn’t like meat but eats it at every meal. I was vegetarian for two years and, other than the severe autoimmune disorders, joint pain, PCOS, migraines, and a host of other health problems, was very happy not eating meat. Good to know I am not alone. :)

  12. Judy Clark

    I would love to have a copy of your cookbook. I have been dealing with gluton and dairy issues for about six years. Not fun!

    I have been looking at your website today and find it very helpful.

    Thanks so much.

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