This Strawberry Arugula Salad with sweet strawberries, tangy goat cheese, crunchy almonds, and the dreamiest Creamy Strawberry Salad Dressing is super easy to make. It will satisfy all your healthy salad cravings! Make it with grilled chicken for the perfect light lunch or dinner. Or omit the chicken for an equally delicious and simple side dish.

Strawberry Arugula Salad with Strawberry Salad Dressing on a white plate

Living in San Diego, I’m lucky to have access to the most delicious sweet, and luscious strawberries. And what’s better than strawberries on top of your salad? Strawberries on top of your salad AND in your dressing! Simple salads like this strawberry arugula salad are my jam!

3 Reasons You’ll Love This Strawberry Arugula Salad Recipe:


  • Jam-packed with brain health ingredients – Strawberries, arugula, chicken, and nuts are all part of a MIND Diet-friendly meal plan, which has been shown to boost brain health and may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 53%!
  • Macronutrient balanced – with complex carbs, fiber, protein, and healthy fats, this strawberry arugula salad makes a perfect one-dish meal for lunch or dinner. It also keeps your energy level up and your blood sugar level stable. It’s the ultimate good-mood food!
  • Creamy Strawberry Salad Dressing – This dressing is seriously SO good and easy to make. You can whip it up in the blender in less than 5 minutes. Fair warning-you may be tempted to lick the blender clean!
EA Stewart and a strawberry farmer holding fresh picked strawberries.

Ingredients for Strawberry Arugula Salad

Creamy Strawberry Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Or avocado oil, another healthy monounsaturated fat.
  • Lemon Juice. I use sweet Myer lemons from my tree. You can also try orange juice or lime juice.
  • White Balsamic Vinegar. This is my go-to vinegar because it’s lighter than regular balsamic vinegar but has a hint of sweet flavor. But use any vinegar you like, like apple cider, sherry, or red wine vinegar.
  • Fresh Strawberries. Or try blueberries or raspberries instead, and LMK how it turns out!
  • Salt and Black Pepper. These are the only seasonings I use but feel free to add maple syrup for additional sweetness, poppy seeds for fun, or garlic powder or Dijon mustard for extra flavor.

Salad Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Fresh arugula. I grow the tastiest peppery arugula in my Lettuce Grow vertical garden which I love in this salad. But I also like to stock up on bags of baby arugula when I head to the grocery store. Don’t have or don’t like arugula? Swap it with your favorite leafy greens like kale, romaine lettuce, or baby spinach.
  • Strawberries. This is the perfect savory strawberry recipe, but I bet the dressing and salad would also be yummy with blueberries or raspberries!
  • Slivered Almonds. Chopped walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, hemp seeds, or sunflower seeds would be mighty tasty too!
  • Microgreens. Or try torn basil leaves, fresh Italian parsley, sliced green onions, or any fresh herbs or spring greens you choose.
  • Creamy Goat Cheese. Not a fan of goat cheese? Feel free to omit or swap it with salty feta cheese, blue cheese, Parmesan cheese, or any cheese you love.
  • Cooked Chicken Breast. I’ve cooked chicken for this salad, but it’s easy to make with leftover or rotisserie chicken. You can also serve it with pan-seared salmon or steak or omit the meat for a vegetarian version or a side salad recipe.
Strawberry Arugula Salad with Strawberry Salad Dressing in a white bowl

How to Make Strawberry Arugula Salad

Make the dressing

This Creamy Strawberry Salad Dressing couldn’t be any easier to make! All you need is a blender. Then add extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, white balsamic vinegar (it enhances the sweetness), strawberries, salt, & pepper. Then blend away until the dressing is nice and creamy. You can store any leftovers in a mason jar.

Assemble the salad

Place three cups each of arugula on serving plates. Top with sliced strawberries and slivered almonds. Drizzle dressing on top. Add ingredients like chicken, micro greens, and goat cheese before serving. It’s SO easy to make this yummy Strawberry Arugula Salad!

Nutrition Facts & Notes

  • One main dish serving of this strawberry arugula salad provides ~555 calories, 20 grams of carbohydrates (6 grams dietary fiber, 10 grams naturally occurring sugar), 45 grams of protein, and 30 grams of fat (only 7 grams of saturated fat).
  • It’s a good source of vitamin C, providing more than 100% of your recommended daily requirement.
  • The recipe is gluten-free, DASH Diet friendly, low FODMAP*, and low carb. Omit the chicken and goat cheese to make your salad vegan. Instead, I suggest adding beans, lentils, tofu, or quinoa for protein.
  • Arugula is a cruciferous veggie that may help with cancer prevention, and strawberries, like other berries, may also protect against certain types of cancers.
  • P.S. Did you know microgreens pack a nutritional punch, with nutrient levels up to 40 times higher than their mature counterparts?

Low FODMAP Note: 5 medium strawberries (65 grams) are considered low FODMAP per the Monash app as of 4/3/23, so adjust the recipe accordingly. If you have been consuming strawberries without any digestive discomfort, you may be okay with the recommended amount in the recipe.

Strawberry Arugula Salad with strawberry salad dressing in a white bowl

Strawberry Arugula Salad Serving Suggestion

This is a complete meal all on its own, especially with the chicken on top. But if you want to pair it with a little something extra, may I suggest my yummy Brazilian Cheese Bread recipe?

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Strawberry Arugula Salad with Strawberry Salad Dressing on a white plate

Strawberry Arugula Salad w/ Strawberry Salad Dressing

Bursting with nourishing springtime ingredients, this Strawberry Arugula Salad with Chicken, Goat Cheese, Almonds, and Creamy Strawberry Salad Dressing is super easy to make, and will satisfy all your salad cravings.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

Creamy Strawberry Lemon Vinaigrette

Strawberry Arugula Salad

  • 6 cups baby arugula , or other salad greens
  • 2 cups whole fresh strawberries, stems/tops removed and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1 cup micro greens, optional, to garnish
  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese, optional, crumbled
  • 8 ounces cooked chicken breast, optional, sliced

Instructions

  • Prepare the salad dressing by combining the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, strawberries, salt and pepper in a blender, and blend on high until smooth. Set aside, or store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  • To assembles the salads, place 3 cups each of arugula or other salad greens on two plates. 
  • Top with sliced strawberries and slivered almonds.
  • Drizzle salad dressing on top.
  • Add optional ingredients as desired: Micro greens, goat cheese, chicken.

Notes

Easy Ingredient Swaps/Options:

  • Low FODMAP: 5 medium strawberries (65 grams) is considered low FODMAP per Monash, so adjust the recipe accordingly. If you have been consuming strawberries without any digestive discomfort, you may be fine with the recommended amount.
  • Vegan: Omit chicken and goat cheese. Add cooked quinoa, beans, or tofu for extra protein if desired.
  • Vegetarian: Omit chicken. Add cooked quinoa, beans, or tofu for extra protein if desired.
  • Paleo: Omit goat cheese.
  • Other options: Not a fan of strawberries? Try blueberries or raspberries instead! Not a fan of goat cheese? How about feta or grated Parmesan? Not an arugula fancier? How about spinach, kale, romaine, or watercress instead? Oh, and about those almonds…chopped walnuts, pine nuts, or sunflower seeds would be mighty tasty too!

Serving Suggestion:

This Strawberry Arugula Salad is a complete meal, but it’s also delicious with my Best Ever Brazilian Cheese Rolls 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Salad | Calories: 555kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 883mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1740IU | Vitamin C: 115.6mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 4mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Entree, Salad
Cuisine Gluten Free, Low Carb, Low FODMAP, Mediterranean, MIND Diet, Paleo Option, Vegetarian Option
Keyword arugula salad, arugula salad dressing
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29 Comments

  1. Sima Singh says:

    The pics are so refreshing, now I’m hungry…. : ) Thanks again for providing great information about this unique salad & delicious foods and keep up the great work!

  2. Sunil Dogra says:

    Appetizing way to represent it.

  3. ajay rana says:

    Simple healthy and lite Salad item, It’s really an amazing salad for dinner. Strawberry and cheese is a nice combination in salad so i’ll try this.
    Thanks You so Much.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Okay I came looking for the avo wrap on IG and found this beauty- I’m not upset at all (well except the fact Min was out here moons ago and I didn’t get to meet her!!). It’s a great day b/c I have arugula and goat cheese in the fridge- this I can make happen! Thanks for the dinner inspo 🙂

  5. Simple, healthy, delish! I love the addition of strawberry and almond. This is a salad I would happily eat for dinner…lots and lots of great flavors together. Keep sharing!

  6. Viviane Bauquet Farre says:

    So fresh and beautiful, EA! That vinaigrette looks like liquid deliciousness 🙂

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Liquid deliciousness? I love it!! Thanks Viviane! xoxo

  7. Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva says:

    This SO pretty, and the sweet dressing with the goat cheese has to amazing too, pinning!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Tessa! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!!

  8. That Strawberry Vinaigrette looks AMAZING, EA!
    ~jules

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Jules!! I think the strawberry vinaigrette would be yummy on just about anything 🙂

  9. Robin @Robinsbite says:

    This is exactly the kind of salad I could eat every. single. day. Shared!!!!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Robin!!!

  10. The salad looks amazing (pinned) and the pictures from your trip are gorgeous!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Heidi! Palm Springs is always such a fun getaway 🙂

  11. Sheena @ Tea and Biscuits says:

    Your salad looks amazing! I’m not able to tolerate cow dairy but I can have a little goats cheese now and again so this would work well for me 🙂

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Sheena and YAY for “a little bit of goat’s cheese” 🙂 🙂

  12. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says:

    So glad you’re enjoying such a beautiful Spring! What a beautiful salad – I love that strawberry dressing – it sounds so good.

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Jeanette! The dressing is delicious, and the strawberries add just the perfect touch of sweetness 🙂 Hope your spring is off to a fabulous start too!

  13. Oh my goodness yes please! I actually have everything on hand to make this. Tomorrow’s lunch it is! Yummmm!!!! Pinning!!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Hi Krystal~Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment! I hope you enjoy the salad as much as I do! Have a wonderful week!

  14. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious says:

    Love the combo of arugula, strawberries, and goat cheese. I don’t mix dairy and meat, so I’ll be leaving off the chicken, but don’t think I’ll miss it in the least!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Oh, I don’t think you will miss it either Jessica! That’s the great thing about this salad-you can totally make it your own 🙂 Enjoy!!

  15. Anne|Craving Something Healthy says:

    SO gorgeous! Making this salad this week as I have beautiful strawberries right now 🙂 PS I’m dying over that silverware!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Anne! I’m trying to remember where I bought my silverware…I usually get extra pieces at World Market, but think I got these somewhere else. I’f I remember, I’ll let you know 🙂

  16. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats says:

    A break is always good in my opinion. I adore salads and this has me drooling right now. So fun you got to hang out with Rebecca and Min!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Oh, yes! Breaks are the only thing that help me keep my sanity 🙂 It was lots of fun hanging out w/ Rebecca and Min. Just need to get you back out to So Cal to visit again too!

  17. Yum!! This looks delicious. Pinning now!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Kim! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂 Have a wonderful week!