2 plates of springy arugula salad with lemon mint dressing

Easy Peasy Arugula Salad with Lemon Mint Dressing.

In Mains, Sides by sarawalkenbach6 Comments

Homemade dressing makes a salad. Why go to the trouble of putting all those fresh and tasty ingredients together, and put bottled dressing on?!? Don’t get me wrong there are some good bottled ones out there. But it’s so easy AND cheap to make your own! This Lemon Mint Dressing is exactly what you want to put on this Easy Peasy Arugula Salad.

Springy Salad with Lemony Mint Dressing
Arugula, peas, and strawberries are all Springy ingredients that are delicious together in this salad.

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Salad Ingredients


Springy and a little peppery, arugula is a tender green that is good for your bones. Arugula is high in Vitamin K and calcium!


There are several reasons to eat more peas. One being they help your immune system. Boosting that immune system, with vitamin C and Zinc, can be accomplished with one serving of peas. Peas are also a great source of protein. According to Real Food for Life here are a few more health benefits for eating peas:

  • Weight Management
  • Stomach & other Cancer Prevention
  • Helps Anti-Aging
  • Prevention of Osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s
  • Blood Sugar Regulation
  • Prevents Constipation

Have I convinced you yet to eat your peas? Whatever you do, don’t buy canned peas. Blek! Frozen peas are the next best thing to fresh.

All the delicious ingredients for this spring salad
Easy Peasy Spring Salad ingredients.


Strawberries are another gem that starts growing in the Spring. Eating more of them is always a good idea! This superfood is packed with vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids, which help fight off chronic illness. Strawberries also have more vitamin C than an orange!

Goat Cheese

Tangy, soft and earthy, goat cheese is one of my favorite cheeses! It’s full of vitamins, minerals, and is one of the healthier cheese options.

If you love goat cheese like I do, you’ll love these Tangy Goat Cheese Crackers.

Nuts or Seeds

Every salad needs a little crunch! Almonds are a great choice with this salad. Pecans or Sunflower Seeds go great too!

If you like this salad recipe, you’ll love Spinach Salad with Easy Pesto Dressing.

arugula, goat cheese, strawberries, and peas on a white plate with a drizzle of lemony mint dressing sprinkled with sliced almonds
Homemade dressing is where it’s at! It’s as simple as putting the dressing ingredients into a mason jar with lid and shaking!

How to Make the Lemon Mint Dressing

Here’s what you need:

  • White Balsamic Vinegar (or White Wine Vinegar)- good quality
  • Lemon Juice – freshly squeezed
  • Fresh Mint
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Honey
  • Salt & Pepper

This is a great salad dressing base. Swap out vinegar types. Use different herbs. It’s delicious anyway!

fresh lemons with a sprig of mint
Fresh lemon juice is best for homemade salad dressings.

Salads don’t have to be boring. If you like this salad recipe, you’ll love my post on 5 Healthy Salad Dressings.

Typically vinaigrette dressings are 3 parts oil to 1 part acid (vinegar). Good quality vinegar is my jam. I could drink it. The ratio in this recipe is how I prefer it. Plus, decreasing the amount of fat equals less calories. But, if you prefer a traditional vinaigrette, then go for 1/2 cup Olive Oil, 1 tbsp each Lemon Juice and Vinegar.

Easy Peasy Way to Make Dressing:

  • Grab a Mason Jar with a Lid
  • Put in all Dressing Ingredients
  • Screw on Lid
  • Shake it Up (really well)
  • It’s Seriously That Easy!

Thanks for reading along! Try this recipe out, AND please comment below and let me know how you like it.

If looking for other salad options, try this Easy Berry Avocado Almond Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing recipe.

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easy peasy arugula salad with fresh straberries, goat cheese, peas, and almonds

Easy Peasy Arugula Salad with Lemon Mint Dressing

A salad with all the Spring flavors, and a tasty, fresh, & easy homemade dressing. Your tastebuds will be happy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 212 kcal


  • 5 oz Arugula pre-washed / 1 tub
  • 1 cup Strawberries quartered
  • 3/4 cup Frozen Peas
  • 3 oz Goat Cheese crumbled with fork
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Almonds, Chopped Pecans, or Sunflower Seeds

Lemon Mint Dressing

  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbs White Balsamic Vinegar good quality
  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice freshly squeezed
  • 1-2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Mint minced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Place frozen peas in a bowl of cool water to thaw. Once thawed, drain water, place peas on tea towel to get off excess water. Or throw them in frozen, they won’t take too long to thaw.
  • Make the dressing: Put all dressing ingredients into either a mason jar with tight fitting lid or a small bowl. If using a mason jar, shake. If using a bowl, whisk. Taste, add more salt if needed. Set aside.
  • In a large serving bowl, toss in the arugula, strawberries, peas, and goat cheese.
  • Drizzle salad with desired amount of dressing. Top with almonds, toss, and enjoy!



There are so many types of delicious vinegar out there. Go to your local spice and olive oil shop. A good quality vinegar makes all the difference when making your own dressings.
Since arugula greens are so tender, this salad should be consumed once dressing is on. It doesn’t keep well. Wait until just before serving to dress.
This salad makes a delicious entree salad too. Cut recipe to 1/4 or 1/2, if making it for an entree. Peas offer up protein, but chicken, shrimp, or salmon would be tasty on here too.


Calories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 7gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 47mgPotassium: 259mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 664IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 94mgIron: 1mg
Keyword arugula pea salad, lemon mint dressing, spring salad
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  1. I absolutely loved this salad, peas and all! The dressing was absolutely amazing and makes the salad!!!

    1. Author

      Kristen, thanks for the “pea challenge” and the kind words! Glad you liked my salad!

  2. 5 stars
    I have tried several Freckle Face Foodie recipes, Salad and Fruit Salad recipes are delicious. Her recipes are very easy to follow. Love the variety.

    1. Author

      Thanks for trying my recipes Linda! So glad you like them.

  3. I’m going to swap the peas for edamame and the almonds for pine nuts. Can’t wait!

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