Warm Arugula Salad

I’ve adapted Warm Arugula Salad from Jamie Oliver’s Happy Days with the Naked Chef. This is the perfect recipe to make right now because arugula is all over the farmer’s market.  It’s quick and simple and because arugula has a spicy, peppery flavor already, you don’t need to add that many additional ingredients to make this salad a huge success.  I made this salad for 2 people, so feel free to adapt the recipe if you’re making it for a larger crowd.  Also, be sure to eat the salad immediately after it’s prepared.  I love salads, or I should say, I love eating all the goodies in a salad minus the actual salad.  However, I found myself eating every last arugula leaf on the plate.  Arugula just has that beautiful, peppery flavor that no other lettuce can compare to.

“Warm salads can be blooming amazing or complete disasters. First, you have to get your hungry guests around the table before you plate up, so as soon as their bums are on the chairs, you are tossing the warm ingredients in with the arugula leaves. Boom, boom, boom on a plate and it’s in front of them. ~Jamie Oliver


  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 slices bacon or pancetta
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/4 c nuts chopped
  • 1 TBSP fresh lemon zest
  • 4 c arugula
  • salt and pepper to season
  • Balsamic vinegar to taste
  • Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and fry the pancetta or bacon until crisp. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add 2 TBSP of olive oil to drippings in the skillet. Add the thyme leaves, onions, and nuts along with a pinch of salt and toss around gently. Cook about 5 minutes, until the onions are caramelized.
  3. Return the pancetta or bacon to the skillet along with the lemon zest and toss to coat.
  4. Throw everything into a salad bowl on top of the arugula.
  5. Drizzle generously with balsamic vinegar and top with Parmesan cheese.


Filed under Main Course, Side Dishes, Soup & Salad

2 responses to “Warm Arugula Salad

  1. Liss

    Wow! This sounds and looks delicious Kara! 🙂

  2. Mom

    I love salads too. This looks amazing. This is the menu for tonight. Thanks, Kar!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s