Spinach Arugula Salad

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In this yummy spinach arugula salad the leafy greens are topped with crispy croutons, parmesan cheese and tossed with a tangy lemon yogurt dressing.

A delicious healthy salad that combines flavors, textures, and it’s easy to customize.

Top view of a large salad plate full of spinach arugula salad topped with parmesan and croutons.

I love baby spinach and baby arugula all kinds of ways, but in this case, it’s the dressing and the topping that does it and makes this salad delightful and a joy to eat.

The homemade lemon yogurt dressing is creamy yet light, and miles above and beyond anything you can get in the store, and it takes just a few minutes to make.

The crispy croutons add the perfect crunch and are cooked for about 10 minutes on the stovetop, but that is the only heat required. And no need to buy pre-made croutons when making them is so easy and so worth it!

Then we have a generous sprinkle of grated or shaved parmesan cheese for its delicious nutty, salty flavor that makes you come back for more.

This spinach arugula salad, with a lovely combination of fresh leaves, savoury flavor and textures is terrific for a light lunch.

It also pairs beautifully with a creamy tomato pasta, hearty bean soup or bean stew, and it’s a great way to add plenty of fresh greens to your meal.  

List of the ingredients

  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Bread
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Plain yogurt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Salt & pepper
The ingredients to make this spinach arugula salad are arranged over a white background.

How to make this spinach arugula salad

(Note: this is a quick description, the full recipe is at the bottom of the page)

  • Cut the bread with a knife or torn into small chunks by hand.
  • Warm the olive oil in a skillet, add in the bread cubes.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, until golden and crispy, and set aside.
Two images showing how to cut and how to cook the cubed bread on the stovetop.

Let’s make the salad dressing

  • Place all the dressing ingredients into a glass jar with lid, and shake until well emulsified. Alternatively, use a small bowl and whisk them vigorously.
Top view of a glass jar containing the dressing ingredients.
  • Arrange the baby spinach and baby arugula onto a salad plate or bowl.
  • Scatter the croutons over the salad and add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
  • Finish with the creamy dressing, toss gently and enjoy!
A spoon pouring the yogurt dressing over the spinach arugula salad.

Recipe notes

Spinach arugula salad ingredients

Spinach & arugula: I suggest buying pre-washed baby leaves so you don’t have to bother rinsing the leaves. Easy peasy. And if you have leftover spinach, toss it into this quick ricotta pasta.

Bread: Italian bread, sourdough, ciabatta, a baguette, any kind of bread that you have on hand (including gluten-free) – ideally at least a day old – will do. 

Yogurt: use plain yogurt. Nice and thick Greek yogurt is perfect (and even better!), but also regular or low-fat yogurt works fine.

Parmesan: aged Parmesan that has been freshly grated or shaved is always the best, especially here. The pre-grated stuff is no comparison. Alternatively, you can scatter over some crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese.

Extra virgin olive oil: the best vegetable oil in my opinion.

Lemon juice: to make it zippy and bright!

Garlic: it adds a lovely kick.

Salt & pepper: essential to make all the flavors pop!

Fancy more add-ins?

That is where another bonus of this spinach arugula salad comes in: simple fresh ingredients, and customizable with your fav add-ins.

  • veggies & fruit: Diced avocado, cherry tomatoes, finely sliced red onion are delicious. But also a few strawberries, blueberries or apple slices would be amazing, while a handful of pomegranate arils on top would turn this salad into a wonderful appetizer for the holidays.
  • Protein: You can also add protein of your choice and serve this salad for brunch. Think of boiled eggs, grilled salmon, chicken or crispy bacon – if meatless salads are not your things. : )
  • Nuts & seeds: A few toasted sliced almonds, pine nuts, walnuts or even sun trowel seeds, they add nutrition and a wonderful textural contrast.
Close-up of some spinach arugula salad with the creamy lemon yogurt dressing and crispy croutons.

Storage tips

  • To Make Ahead. Make and store the dressing in a glass jar with lid in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Make the croutons and store them in an airtight container. Combine the salad in a large mixing bowl up to 1 day in advance, keep it covered and refrigerated. Toss the salad leaves with the dressing and scatter over croutons and parmesan just before serving.
  • To Store. Dressed salad leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 day only. The arugula will wilt and the croutons might lose their crispiness, but the salad will still taste good.

Dishes that go well with this fresh salad

This simple salad with its fresh flavor is perfect to brighten up any meal. Think of one of these luscious creamy pasta recipes, comforting bowls of vegan soups or one of this scrumptious pizza or focaccia. This is a wonderful salad that makes a perfect side for any dish.

Recipe update: published in October 2022/updated in September 2023

Love arugula?

I’ve got you covered with this collection of delicious arugula recipes which includes arugula pasta, delicious pizza, and beetroot salad with arugula, pear arugula saladarugula apple salad, versatile sautéed arugula and arugula frittata.

More delicious salads for you!

If you look for amazing salads, easy to whip up and great for any occasion, check this collection of holiday salad recipes! Here a few of my favs:

This scrumptious spinach arugula salad would be great for potlucks but also for your weeknight meals. If you make it, or you have a question, let me know by leaving a comment. I would love to hear from you! x

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Spinach Arugula Salad

In this yummy spinach arugula salad the vibrant and crisp greens are topped with crispy croutons, savory parmesan cheese and toss it with a creamy, tangy, lemon yogurt dressing.Recipe yields to 4 small servings (or two larger ones).
Recipe update: published in October 2022/updated in September 2023
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: pasta salad
Cuisine: vegetarian
Keyword: Spinach arugula salad
Servings: 4
Calories: 189kcal
Author: Katia



  • 3 oz (80 grams) bread (any type, at least a day old)
  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil or extra virgin olive oil

Lemon yogurt dressing

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ garlic clove, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt, or more to taste
  • teaspoon black pepper

Spinach arugula salad

  • 3 oz (80 grams) baby arugula
  • 3 oz (80 grams) baby spinach
  • 3 Tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese


Cook the croutons

  • Cut the bread with a knife or torn into small chunks by hand, ideally about ¾-inch thick (if the bread is fresh, I found that it’s easier to tear it by hand). It's important that the croutons be uniformly sized so that they cook evenly.
  • Warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the cubed bread, toss until well coated in olive oil and cook, stirring often, until the cubes are golden and crispy. Add a bit more of olive oil during if needed, trust your judgement. Cooking the croutons takes about 10 minutes, then turn the heat off and set aside.

Make the dressing

  • Place all the dressing ingredients into a glass jar with a lid and shake very well until nicely combined and emulsified.

Assemble the spinach arugula salad

  • Arrange the baby leaves on a large serving plate or in a large salad bowl. Scatter the croutons over the salad along with the grated or shaved parmesan cheese.
  • Finish with the lemon yogurt dressing, add it deliberately all over the salad and toss gently just before serving.


Nutrition facts: the nutrition values are for one serving and they are based on an online nutrition calculator. It’s an estimate only and it should not be considered as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. Please see my disclosure policies.


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 334mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2399IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 2mg

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