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Orange Arugula Salad

orange arugula salad

This delicious salad is full of a variety of flavors.  The arugula is a buttery, bitter green and the oranges are sweet, sour and tangy.  Spiking dinner salads with fruit is a great trick when it comes to getting children enthused about eating their greens.  Works pretty well on green-phobic adults as well.  My boys devoured this salad right alongside my husband and myself the other night at dinner.

This Orange Arugula Salad paired with Mustard Lime Chicken makes a delightful gluten-free (grain-free) spring dinner.

Speaking of which, we’ve had a gorgeous dose of warm weather this week and it sure is showing in my garden.  The parsley and cilantro are growing like weeds around the yard (fabulous for juicing and spring’s first green smoothies).  The rosemary is coming back too.  Not quite as vigorously; I haven’t had great luck with bountiful bushes of rosemary here in Colorado.  I suspect rosemary is happier in warmer climes.

Orange Arugula Salad


  • 4 cups arugula
  • 2 oranges, peeled and cut into segments
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • celtic sea salt to taste
  1. Place arugula and oranges in a bowl
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar, then sprinkle with salt
  3. Toss and serve

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I’ve re-connected with so many old high school friends on Facebook (past).  Traded chit chat with people that are in my life at present.  And begun to make new connections (with many people from this blog!) over there as well.  It’s a bit of a trip.  And so far, I like it.

posted on April 24, 2009, 22 comments

  1. I absolutely love fruit in salad! Sounds divine!

  2. Dr. Nishant Rao @ drnishantrao.wordpress.com

    Hi Elena,

    I have been using your blog for a long time now, and I could not find an ‘email me’ button, so I’m leaving this comment instead.

    I just started a naturopathic health blog, and I added a feed to your 10 most recent recipes!

    I hope this is alright with you =)


    Yours in health,
    Dr. Nishant Rao

  3. gfe-gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    Who could resist that salad for sure? It provides so much in flavor and nutritiion. :-)


  4. I get your emails, and always check the link. No matter what time of day it is, I very often see the photos and my mouth starts to water. Yum! You make preparing food fun, easy & oh so nourishing..

    Thank you,

    Kara Sorensen

  5. This looks delicious, just try to add pinenuts to it and some onion, and it will be perfect (at least I use to do it that way)
    Your recipes are always refreshing,


  6. Ali (Whole Life Nutrition) @ glutenfreewholefoods.blogspot.com

    Sometimes the simplest things are the best! This would go well with baked salmon and quinoa…hmmm…I think tonight’s dinner is in the works! -Ali :)

  7. Beverly Dennison

    I am looking for a gluten free recipe for Black Gold cookies.

  8. It’s been really hot here, so a salad would be perfect! I love any salad with fruit in it. I can’t eat anything raw at the moment, but will look forward to when I can:)

    I have just recently gone grain free and was SO excited when I found your blog!!

  9. Simple and delicious is my favorite :-)
    I pulled out your cabbage orange salad with a side of chicken at a Mexican restaurant with my girlfriends the other day. They were all chowing on sour cream stuffed burritos and when they saw my meal they all “ooed” and “ahhed” and asked for bites! I love how shocked people are that– 1. gluten free is so much less complicated than they think, and 2. It’s yummy!
    I have not tried arugula on it’s own as a salad base. Will check for farmers market for this. Thanks!

  10. Gayle

    I always read and sometimes make your recipes.
    This orange salad is beautiful and so easy to make!
    I know this will be a big hit with my family.
    Thanks for the wonderful, healthy recipes!!

  11. Helena Kosorek

    Can you have a way of explaining how to organize a cupboard with this way of cooking? What I see of your cupboard behind you in your photo is intriguing! I feel that if I knew how to equip my kitchen and my pantry I could handle this desired food life style with ease. Please Help. I’m sure this may be the path to success for all of us. We can start over fresh. And organize to succeed -from our counters to the individual shelves (or at least areas.) I am so interested in this aspect of turning my life over that if you needed help with this I would be willing to come and detail it out in writing for you. You could use it on the website or in a booklet. If, indeed, you provide the info or can get help to provide it to us, either way, I know I would greatly appreciate it. I know I need that kind of guidance. Helena, upstate N.Y.

  12. Diane-Thewholegang @ thewholegang.org

    Love the flavors in this salad. I’m headed out to the garden to grab some arugula and eat this now. Thank you!

  13. Thanks everyone for your great comments! I wanted to highlight this one from coconutgal as I found it inspirational:

    I pulled out your cabbage orange salad with a side of chicken at a Mexican restaurant with my girlfriends the other day. They were all chowing on sour cream stuffed burritos and when they saw my meal they all "ooed" and "ahhed" and asked for bites! I love how shocked people are that– 1. gluten free is so much less complicated than they think, and 2. It's yummy!

    I think it's great when regular old glutenoids want to eat our healthy food!

  14. Great ingredients and gorgeous salad. I love the idea of pairing arugula with oranges. Brilliant!

  15. Anthony

    Hello Elena, I was looking on the web for a salad recipe and found your blog. I was pleasantly surprised. I’ll definitely continue to follow your blog, etc.

    Thank you for the awesome yet simple recipe.

  16. Rachael

    This salad was so easy to make and super yummy. My husband called it one of the best salads ever. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. What a terrific site. Just came across by accident, but as a gluten-free follower am always on the hunt for new and creative recipes that fit the criteria. Thanks so much for this blog.

  18. Elena

    I tried the arugula, orange salad! It was very good! Looking for healthy foods that will fight off cholesterol ! This is a great one!

  19. whilehewasout @ whilehewasout.com

    Lovely, the combination of orange and arugula sounds great. I’m afraid though that the boyfriend will stay away from it even with orange :D

  20. Krys

    This was a terrific lightly refreshing salad. To make it a little more hearty, I added avocado and walnuts and it was delicious. Next time maybe a sprinkle of a salad seeds topping.

    Thanks Elana!

  21. diane

    I put chopped tomatoes and chopped green olives in it too. so refreshing!!

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