One evening, I was in need of a quick side dish recipe that was low in Weight Watchers Points yet still a flavorful (and pretty!) dish.

I hadn’t gone grocery shopping and there wasn’t much in the fridge, so I decided to do a basic Arugula and Parmesan Salad Recipe with an amazing Balsamic Mustard dressing. I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious and gourmet the salad tasted, and it took me just 5 minutes to make. But the best part was that each serving had just 1 Point.

Since Parmesan is such a bold flavored cheese, you really don’t need much. And I didn’t use much oil in the dressing either…just a bit for texture. Since the balsamic and Dijon mustard is also strongly flavored, I used a bit of water to give me more dressing without sacrificing flavor.

It was perfect.

And with all the wonderful health benefits of arugula, I’m happy to have another delicious and easy arugula salad recipe in my arsenal.

arugula and parmesan salad

Arugula and Parmesan Salad Recipe

Using health arugula is a salad is one of my favorite things. This Arugula and parmesan Salad recipe is not only easy and delicious, it's just 1 Point per serving. It is a great, low calorie side dish recipe that can be prepared very quickly and will look fantastic.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 52 kcal


  • 4 cups arugula
  • ¼ cup shaved Parmesan
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp water


  • In a small stainless steel or glass bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, water, mustard, sugar, salt, pepper, and garlic until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
  • Place the arugula in a large salad bowl and toss with some of the vinaigrette.
  • Divide the salad evenly among 4 serving plates and garnish with shaved Parmesan. Serve immediately.


Serving: 1 cupCalories: 52 kcal (3%)Carbohydrates: 1 gProtein: 3 g (6%)Fat: 3 g (5%)Fiber: 0 g
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  1. I made this and it is so good! says mix in stainless steel bowl or glass bowl…that is irrelevant..mix in any bowl! :) Thanks again!

  2. Is there or is there not olie oil in this dressing???

    • I was wondering the same thing. I made it without (and followed the rest of the recipe exactly) and I didn’t miss the oil at all.

  3. Made this tonight and it was good! I’m really tired and may have
    misread but I didn’t see a quantity for the pepper and the olive oil
    wasn’t included in the list of items to combine in Step 1.

  4. Meredith Hertzler

    I am totally addicted to arugula. My go to salad is arugula, shaved pecorino romano, dried cranberries and pine nuts or sunflower seeds. I top it with Ken’s Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing. DELICIOUS!