Arugula and radishes are wonderful spring-time additions to the table. Both have a peppery bite and the raw scallions pack a punch, so creamy ranch dressing balances out the flavors beautifully. This is based on a family recipe from my Aunt Marina who always makes amazing food. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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Tips for making arugula radish salad
Use the freshest produce possible
Radishes taste their best when they’re crunchy. Look for ones that have smooth skin and are firm to touch. If you’re buying a bag of arugula, try to make sure there are no yellow leaves in the bag. As for scallions… the cool thing about them is that if you put them in a glass of water, they’ll continue to grow! You can trim off the top as needed and it will grow back in a few days.
Use just enough dressing
Add about 2/3 of the dressing, coat everything evenly, and then judge how much more you might need. Depending on how fresh the produce is that you use, you might not need to add much more.
Once the dressing is on the arugula won’t stay crisp for long. But this salad is so good you’re probably going to want to eat it immediately anyway!
If you’d like to bring this salad to work for lunch or on a picnic, layer the arugula, sliced radishes, and chopped scallions in a container. Transport the dressing separately and add it right before you’re ready to eat. You could also add a hard-boiled egg or walnuts for an extra protein boost.
Health benefits of arugula radish salad
High in fiber
This salad is packed with fiber! Fiber helps you manage your blood sugar and it has been linked with weight loss and lower cholesterol. Fiber also helps clean out the colon and helps cleanse and detoxify the body. Radishes, arugula, and scallions are all great sources of fiber.
Radishes in particular may be helpful in fighting inflammation. A study showed that radish juice can strengthen the stomach and intestinal lining to protect against unfriendly microorganisms and harmful toxins that cause inflammation. The entire family of cruciferous vegetables (which includes broccoli and Brussel sprouts) has been shown to suppress inflammation in the body.
Low in calories
A half-cup of raw radishes contains just 9 calories. Two cups of raw arugula contain only 11 calories and half a cup of scallions contains 16 calories. Most of the calories in this recipe come from the ranch dressing but if you make it with my Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing, the calories come from olive oil which is full of healthy fats and has anti-inflammatory properties.
This salad is a fantastic addition to any summer BBQ! It’s also great to bring on a picnic. Simply layer the ingredients in a container and add the dressing right before you’re ready to eat. It makes a great side dish for Pesto Butter Salmon. Or, you can round it out to be a meal of its own by adding some protein; leftover slow-cooked lamb or roast turkey are perfect additions.
Arugula Radish Salad with Scallions
- Salad bowl
- Salad servers
- 2 cups arugula packed
- 6 medium radishes
- 3 scallions
- ½ cup ranch dressing (see notes)
- cracked black pepper garnish
- Wash and slice the radishes into coins about ¼" thick. Remove the top and ends of the scallions and slice diagonally. Wash and dry the arugula if needed.
- Add the arugula, radishes, and scallions to a bowl. Pour on ⅔ of the ranch dressing and evenly coat all the ingredients. Add the rest of the dressing as needed.
- Top with a sprinkle of cracked black pepper. Serve immediately.