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Table of Contents
  1. Special Salad Ingredients
  2. Strawberry Arugula Salad Tips
  3. Helpful Ingredient Swaps
  4. Strawberry Arugula Salad Recipe
  5. Strawberry Salad FAQs

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. The toppings are my favorite, yet I constantly get emails about the lemon vinaigrette I created for it, too.

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.

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

Special Salad Ingredients

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

Strawberry Arugula Salad Tips

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Helpful 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.
4.67 from 165 votes

Strawberry Arugula Salad

This gorgeous strawberry arugula salad is as delicious as it is beautiful. Topped with a flavorful Meyer Lemon vinaigrette, this salad reminds me of a bright sunshiny day.
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
  • 2 tbsp Meyer lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • tsp sea salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
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  • 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.


  • If you have time, soak cashews in water for 2+ hours to get creamiest result. You can also “flash soak” by putting cashews in a bowl with boiling water. Cover with a plate for 10 minutes, then rinse and drain.
  • 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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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.

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  1. 5 stars
    This Strawberry Arugula Salad was so easy to make, especially since I was using up the fruit & arugula I already had on hand. This is a first for me to add slices of lemon to a salad, however I was game. What a delightful salad! I have become a fan of fennel and arugula mixed together! The dressing was wonderful and just added another dimension of flavors to the fruit. Yummy!

  2. 5 stars
    Yum yum yum I love fruits in salad!!!
    Thank you for these 10 wonderful salads I’ve enjoyed trying different dressings on the salads…way better than my go to of extra virgin olive oil and lemon

  3. 5 stars
    A great salad, my one quibble–and it’s a small one–there was not enough dressing to get a smooth blend. Next time i’ll make a double batch and save the leftovers for another salad.

  4. 4 stars
    Love all of the fruit and the lemony dressing. I swapped half of the arugula for mixed greens.

  5. 4 stars
    i made this salad as written, except i increased the strawberries and vinaigrette; i also resorted to a regular lemon as my meyer lemon had gone bad. because of this, i decided to supreme my lemon and my orange. this salad was very good… fruity and flavorful. i’m not a fan of fennel, but i didn’t mind it in this salad and i’m happy to have tried it in something new. i like arugula and sometimes use all arugula in my salads, but i think i would use half arugula and half spring mix for this salad in the future…

  6. 5 stars
    I wasn’t too sure about this salad with fennel and fruit in it. What a combination of flavors turning out super good! I will be making this one many more times.

  7. 5 stars
    I’m not usually excited about fruity salads but this one is one that made me smile. Maybe it’s the fennel and the arugula with it so it balances out all the sweet. I couldn’t find Meyer lemons so had to use regular lemon in the dressing and left the lemons out of the salad and I really enjoyed it.

    1. Hi Ginger! Most of the fat in this recipe comes from the cashews and the olive oil

  8. 5 stars
    Love this one. So fresh and that dressing with the poppy seeds is dynamite! I have enjoyed this challenge so much. These salads have taught me new and healthier ways to have a delicious salad. I know I will continue to make many of these Especially the dressings. Thank you green smoothies for this opportunity.

    1. Aww! That’s wonderful and that was def our goal! I always get so complacent with my “normal salad blend” so this was helpful for all of us! 🙂

  9. I fell a day behind on the salad cleanse, so I only just had this salad today for dinner, but it was heavenly

    The dressing was perfect and blended so well with the crunch and flavours or the fennel, nuts and fruits
    I will definitely make this again, I have some dressing lest for another plate of salad tomorrow

    1. It’s never too late for a delicious salad! Way to see it through, Timea! Glad you enjoyed this one!