Nothing rings in Springtime like strawberries, fennel and arugula. I originally created this strawberry arugula salad for my cookbook, Simple Green Meals, and it is definitely a favorite. This gorgeous strawberry arugula salad is as delicious as it is beautiful. Topped with a unique lemon vinaigrette, this rockstar salad is for you.

strawberry arugula salad in a large white bowl next to a white cup of salad dressing.

While this salad recipe may contain a few plants you aren’t familiar with, give it a try! These were new to me at one time too, and I got to discover just how incredible they are. Trust me.

Table of Contents
  1. The Best Salad Ingredients
  2. Strawberry Arugula Salad Recipe
  3. Easy Ingredient Swaps
  4. Strawberry Salad FAQs
  5. More Leafy Salad Recipes
  6. Strawberry Arugula Salad Recipe

The Best Salad Ingredients

ingredients for strawberry lemon arugula salad in black writing and white text boxes including arugula, lemon, orange, almonds, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and fennel.

This strawberry arugula salad will leave you feeling great inside and out. The rawkstar ingredient list includes antioxidant-rich fruits, peppery leafy greens and a beautifully creamy salad dressing.

  • Arugula– This leafy green is in the same family as kale, broccoli and brussels sprouts, with the same powerful health benefits.
  • Fennel– A super-fiber bulb that is lightly licorice-flavored and crunchy.
  • Orange– A vitamin C powerhouse.
  • Berries– All the berries in this arugula salad are bursting with antioxidants that fight cancer, aid in cell repair and taste heavenly.
  • Meyer lemon– Lemons can help lower blood sugar through their pectin.

Strawberry Arugula Salad Recipe

fresh, homemade dressing to top a homemade salad on a white plate.

For an extra creamy dressing, combine all dressing ingredients (except for the poppy seeds!) in a blender or food processor. Blend until creamy. You may need to add a bit of water to help it blend well. Hand mix in the poppy seeds, then store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Slice the fennel bulb, Meyer lemon, strawberries, almonds and orange, then toss with the arugula and berries. Once you’re ready to eat, shake up that homemade vinaigrette and pour over the salad.

I won’t judge if you lick the bowl on this one. It’s ridiculously good. I love Meyer lemons so much I started growing them in my yard and eating them like apples. If this is your first time trying one then I dare you not to immediately fall in love :-).

fennel, lemon and arugula in white bowls.

Easy Ingredient Swaps

While Meyer lemons are definitely preferred (they have the best flavor) in this strawberry arugula salad, you *can* swap them out for regular lemons. Just know they will be tarter and smaller. You can swap fennel for white onion as well as the berries for any berries you have on hand.

If you need this salad to be nut-free, then swap the almonds with hemp hearts or sunflower seeds, and swap the cashews in the lemon vinaigrette with the same.

fruit and fennel salad with raspberries, strawberries, lemon, oranges and sliced almonds.

Strawberry Salad FAQs

What goes well with arugula?

Arugula typically has a stronger, peppery flavor. I like to pair it with lighter, sweeter ingredients like berries as well as tangy fruit like oranges.

What dressing is best on a strawberry arugula salad?

My Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette is the perfect pairing for this salad. It’s sweet, tangy and creamy.

How long does a strawberry arugula salad stay fresh?

If you mix up this salad without the dressing it can keep up to 48 hours in the fridge. For the best results though, I recommend eating it right away.

More Leafy Salad Recipes

Salad lovers unite over these decadent recipes. If you’re looking for new salad inspiration then I’ve got you covered. I like a beautiful plate, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in these recipes:

Don’t forget to let me know how you like my strawberry arugula salad below with a rating + review! It’s got many of my favorite fruits and veggies, so I hope you love it too.

4.68 from 128 votes

Strawberry Arugula Salad

This gorgeous strawberry arugula salad is as delicious as it is beautiful. Topped with a unique Meyer Lemon vinaigrette, this rockstar salad is for you. It tastes like bright sunshine.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Entree, Salad
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 2


  • 4 cups arugula
  • ½ fennel bulb very thinly sliced
  • 1 orange peeled and segmented
  • ½ cup strawberries sliced
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • ½ Meyer lemon seeded and very thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp raw cashews soaked for 1 to 4 hours
  • 2 tbsp Meyer lemon juiced
  • 1.5 tsp honey
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • dash ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp poppy seeds


  • Combine the cashews, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add a teaspoon of water if needed. Mix in poppy seeds and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the arugula, fennel, oranges, berries, lemon and almonds.
  • When ready to serve, drizzle dressing on top.


  • Store dressing in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 
  • Swap in whatever berries you have on hand.
  • Hemp hearts or sunflower seeds can be swapped in for almonds in the salad and for the cashews in the dressing.
  • Meyer lemons are less tart and much sweeter (and larger) than regular lemons. You can swap in regular lemons if you can’t find Meyer lemons, yet it will change the flavor of the salad and vinaigrette. 


Calories: 488kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 35g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 22g, Trans Fat: 1g, Sodium: 336mg, Potassium: 952mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 20g, Vitamin A: 1213IU, Vitamin C: 89mg, Calcium: 253mg, Iron: 4mg
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  1. 4 stars
    Great lunch salad and loved the berry combo! Vinaigrette was lovely and went well with the ingredients❤️

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious again! Up there in my top 3 dressings from this challenge and the first poppyseed dressing I’ve ever enjoyed. My wife says this was her favorite out of all of them. Great blend of flavors. I’ve learned I can do a lot with cashew cream.

  3. 5 stars
    I and my family once again had another great salad experience!!!! I loved the arugula with the strawberries and the dressing and I love the crunch

    This is a refreshing salad another one that will be a great summer favourite

    The combinations in this salad encourages me to keep being creative
    With my salads

    1. 4 stars
      Love this – really enjoyed the extra richness from the cashews in the dressing. I had to skip the strawberries due to an allergy.

  4. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorites with blueberries and strawberries
    So simple
    I did add a few extra ingredients to enhance the color and taste even more.

  5. 4 stars
    Another great combination of flavours! Since I didn’t have fresh berries I used frozen strawberries and blueberries. My fennel had froze in the fridge so that was icy too. I used a spring mix (that included arugula). I forgot to soak the cashews ahead, so I just ate those on the side and skipped the dressing; although I did squeeze lemon over top. For me, I’d probably just eat this amount of fruit separately, but it was as still fun to try something new.

    1. Great job on trying new things, and making it work!

  6. 5 stars
    Love, love, love this salad. Unfortunately, I could not get the dressing smooth, but the flavor was still delicious. I used lemon juice mixed with some orange juice, since I couldn’t find a Meyer lemon. I will definitely make this again!!

  7. 5 stars
    Wow, I love this salad! It’s a party in mouth with all the different flavors. I adore fruit, this salad is too good to be true:)

  8. 3 stars
    Love arugula, hate segmenting citrus fruit for salads, lol. This might have been my least favorite salad out of the 10 day salad challenge, but it was still good. I was out of a few ingredients when I found they went bad or were eaten before I got to them, so I only had red onion, blackberries, blueberries, orange and regular lemon. That probably changed the overall taste a bit so take this review with a grain of salt. Dressing was good, but not amazing like some other ones here on SGS. As I eluded to at the beginning, I have determined that the time and effort to segment citrus fruit for a salad is not worth the reward of eating it in a salad, for me. I think I’d rather juice it and add to the dressing or leave it out. It makes a salad look beautiful though, so maybe for special occasions. I will try this salad again once I get all the original ingredients, but I am not sure I will make this one very often.

  9. 5 stars
    I loved this salad! (I did sub out mixed greens for the arugula). I went to 4 stores looking for fennel and never could find it or the meyer lemons. I just used a regular lemon in the dressing but it was sooooo good. I am not usually a person who will put fruit on my greens. I love both, just not together. This combination paired well and was very filling! Great recipe and another wonderful dressing!

    1. Aww! You made an amazing effort to find ingredients. Regular lemon is a perfect substitute for a Meyer lemon and celery would have been a great sub for fennel. Maybe if you see fennel in the future, you could give this one another shot with it!

  10. 5 stars
    Berries. Yum. I used kale in place of arugula and the combo of strawberries and greens wins every time for me!

  11. 5 stars
    Loved this salad. Another fav. Thank you so much for your kind words and support shown these past l0 days. I have learned a lot about trying new things and doing things a new way. I would love to participate in your summer smoothie. I went to pull up todays email to see instructions on completing and don’t know what I did but it disappeared! Efforts to find it have been unsuccessful. This was a fantastic experience.

    1. Hey Teresa, if you’re subscribed to our weekly newsletter at then you’ll know when it’s time to sign up for the Summer Smoothie Challenge! 😉 Don’t worry! We will not leave you out!