Lemony Arugula Salad with Crispy Shallot

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The first time we tasted crispy shallots in a salad, we knew we’d hit the jackpot. These crunchy, salty bits of deliciousness have become one of our favorite ways to impress dinner guests (even the salad non-believers).

Crispy shallots first debuted in our Roasted Squash Salad recipe and made their second appearance in our recipe for Roasted Stuffed Butternut Squash.

And now they’re back in this simple 30-minute, 8-ingredient salad recipe. Let’s do this!

Wood cutting board with arugula, shallots, garlic, lemon, and other ingredients to make our simple Lemony Arugula Salad with Crispy Shallot recipe

Sliced shallots are coated in brown rice flour, salt, and pepper, and then sautéed in a little oil until lightly browned and perfectly crispy.

Cooking crispy shallots in a cast iron skillet for our Lemony Arugula Salad recipe

They are paired with a slightly sweet, lemony dressing that comes together in just 5 minutes.

Whisking together ingredients for a simple lemon vinaigrette dressing

A sprinkle of cashew parmesan cheese adds a nice cheesy flavor and depth to this recipe.

Sprinkling cashew parmesan cheese onto a big bowl of our Lemony Arugula Salad with Crispy Shallot recipe

Roasted garlic, crispy shallots, cashew-based parmesan cheese, and lemon vinaigrette complement each other and balance out the bite of the arugula. And for an extra special touch, add macadamia nut cheese (optional, but delicious!).

Big bowl of our Lemony Arugula Salad recipe made with crispy shallots and nut cheese

We hope you’ll love this salad as much as we do! It’s:

Crunchy
Savory
Fresh
Flavorful
Impressive
Super delicious
& Excellent for entertaining!

If you’re into salads, be sure to check out our Roasted Squash Salad With Crispy Shallot and Balsamic ReductionAbundance Kale Salad With Savory DressingRoasted Vegetable Salad With ChimichurriCurry Roasted Fennel Salad with Rosemary Tahini Dressing, and Curried Cauliflower, Grape, and Lentil Salad.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Wooden salad plate with a serving of our Lemony Arugula Salad with Crispy Shallot recipe

Lemony Arugula Salad with Crispy Shallot

Our go-to side salad with arugula, roasted garlic, lemon vinaigrette, crispy sautéed shallot, and our 5-minute macadamia nut cheese! Perfect for hosting and beyond!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Salad spoons in a big wood bowl filled with Arugula Salad with Crispy Shallots
4.5 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 (Servings)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh

Ingredients

GARLIC

  • 6 cloves garlic (or sub half the amount fresh/raw, minced)
  • Olive oil

SHALLOT

  • 2 medium shallots (thinly sliced)
  • 3 Tbsp brown rice flour
  • 1/8 tsp each sea salt and black pepper
  • ~2 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil (for cooking — if avoiding oil, omit and use a non-stick pan)

SALAD

Instructions

  • To roast the garlic, peel apart garlic cloves but leave the skin on. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C). Add garlic cloves to a baking sheet. Drizzle garlic with a bit of olive oil. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant and slightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • In the meantime, add sliced shallots to a small bowl with brown rice flour, salt, and pepper, and toss to coat. Heat a medium (preferably cast iron) skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil and floured shallots and sauté, stirring occasionally, until lightly golden brown and crispy — approximately 5 minutes. Set aside in pan.
  • In the meantime, if not using store-bought soft vegan "cheese," make your own. Add macadamia nuts to a food processor or a high-speed blender along with lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, sea salt, and lesser amount of water (1/4 cup or 60 ml as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). Mix/blend, scraping down sides as needed. Then add more water 1 Tbsp (15 ml) at a time until a thick paste forms. I find I get the best texture results with a food processor, but in a pinch, a blender can work too. It just generally requires more scraping and more liquid.
  • Next, prepare dressing by adding all ingredients to a mixing bowl (or small blender) and whisking (or blending) to combine. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more maple syrup for sweetness, lemon for acidity, or salt or pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Assemble salad by adding greens to a serving bowl or platter and topping with roasted garlic cloves (skins removed), crispy shallots, macadamia nut cheese, and cashew parmesan cheese (optional).
  • Add dressing to the salad and toss to coat, or serve on the side. Best when fresh. Store salad separate from dressing if keeping for later use. Will keep in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days. Store dressing in the refrigerator 3-4 days. The oil can harden when cold, so let dressing set out for a few minutes to warm and shake well to reincorporate before serving leftovers.

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients, with olive oil, and with a full serving of Lemon Vinaigrette as that recipe is written.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 servings Calories: 271 Carbohydrates: 15.3 g Protein: 3.6 g Fat: 22.8 g Saturated Fat: 3.2 g Sodium: 189 mg Potassium: 285 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 3.8 g

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    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We wonder if the pan may not have been hot enough? Or did you use something besides brown rice flour?

  1. Linsey says

    SO GOOD. Made this with dinner last night to pair with mashed potatoes (your recipe) and roasted veggies. I was a bit worried the lemony dressing would be too much with the strong taste of arugula, but somehow they manage to calm each other down for the perfect balance of flavor.

    I did not add the cashew parm (not a huge fan of nooch) and left off the macadamia cheese simply because I didn’t want to spend more money from this week’s grocery budget :D but next time I will for sure. Also, I didn’t add any shallots to the dressing because my sweet husband already chopped up all of the shallots for frying. This was another hit that will be added in frequently!

  2. Nicol Paresi says

    The salad was fine until I added the shallots. The shallots never crisped up and then became even more soggy when added to salad. My boyfriend asked me if I added grits to it.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nicol, sorry to hear this happened! It sounds like either you needed a larger pan for cooking the shallots or they needed additional flour. They should definitely get crispy!

      • Nicol says

        I made the crispy shallots for the curried lentil and cauliflower rice dish. They came out amazing. I realized I misread the instructions and added the flour/shallots/s&p all in the cast iron instead of tossing in a bowl first, which definitely was the cause for clumping and mushy texture.

  3. JM says

    Such a simple and delicious salad. I could eat it everyday! I used regular white flour for the shallots because it’s what I had in the pantry. Worked out well. The lemon vinaigrette was perfect.

  4. Linda Mikhail says

    Hi Dana,

    Would whole wheat flour work in place of brown rice flour. I am not gluten free.

    Making this for a special birthday Family Dinner and I can’t wait to try it!

    Thank You!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, I think that might taste off. Do you have any other flours? Perhaps chickpea flour or white rice flour? Even cornstarch, all purpose flour, or arrowroot might work better.

  5. Daniel says

    I see a few replies saying to use all purpose flour and breadcrumbs as a substitute for brown rice flour. How much of each of those ingredients should we add if we are making 4 servings? This recipe looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it!

  6. Madi says

    Soooo good! I probably could have cooked the shallots further, and found they got soggy quickly in the salad as I was eating it. But they still providing fantastic flavour! I used goat cheese as a replacement for both cheeses (as I am not vegan) so that sped up the process for me. Very quick and easy!
    Already left a 5-star review on the vinaigrette as well! Perfect compliment to this salad!

  7. Vivian Thom says

    Delicious! I had a huge bag of very spicy arugula from my local farmers market and the rest of the ingredients in this salad were the perfect compliment. I cooked the shallots just before tossing. They didn’t get really crispy but tasted delicious.

  8. Vivian Thom says

    Making this recipe for a dinner tonight, the macadamia cheese is amazing. I was wondering if the shallots are best made closer to serving time to stay crispy. Will they go soggy if made in advance? Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      They are best when made fresh! Glad you enjoyed the nut cheese. Next time would you mind leaving rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks!

  9. Mandy says

    Love! Love! Loveeeeed this! I’m really not big on salads… I typically prefer cooked veggies but when I saw this recipe I had to try it and thank goodness I did! My new fav for sure! I didn’t have macadamia nut cheese but I definitely want to try it with that next time.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Mandy. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We don’t think they would work as well since they are more heavy. Tapioca or arrowroot might be better options- though we haven’t tried them and can’t say for certain. But if you give it a try, we would love to hear how it goes!

  10. Cassie Autumn Tran says

    Ah, arugula is the best for salads! Crispy shallots are honestly to die for too, but watch me add spoonfuls of nutritional yeast on this salad because it’s the freaking best ;)

  11. Laurie says

    I made this last night (after looking forward to it for days!) It was so good and a perfect complement to the vegan lasagna (recipe from some days before.) I made up the batch of macadamia nut cheese and used it for both. Such a great dinner
    – comfort food deluxe!

  12. SL says

    Just made this and it was so tasty, loved the flavor the shallots added to my salad. I’m not a vegan, just a vegetarian so I tossed in a little parm. Only thing I noticed was in the directions you say to mix the flour, salt pepper and oil together and toss the shallots in that. It then says to heat the oil. I was following the directions like a zombie and wasn’t thinking about it but as soon as I tossed the oil with the flour I basically got a dough. I redid it when I realized the oil was meant for the pan obviously lol, but the directions stated that part wrong ( calling for the oil twice). I’ve made probably 30+ or more of your recipes, they are my favorite. Thank you for another deliciousness one!

  13. Jodi says

    SO excited to try this!

    And I’m really looking forward to the new content coming forward. I am so proud to support you both, and am inspired by your commitment to authenticity, kindness, and respect, in the way you handle your business and relate to people. I’m still in college, and you continue to be a role model for me for the type of person and platform I’d like to be and create. Thank you so much for continuing to bring your authentic and good selves to the world every day! I really admire you. (first-time commenter, long-time blog + cookbook reader & recipe-tester) Much love :)

  14. Kathryn Fitzgerald says

    The crispy shallots sound amazing but do you really put whole pieces of roasted garlic in salad?

  15. Hayley Morrin says

    Crispy shallots sound sooo intriguing! I’m not GF so I don’t keep alternative flours around. Would regular all-purpose flour or breadcrumbs be a good substitute for the brown rice flour?

  16. Alison Harding-Shogilev says

    Keen to try this recipe and wondering if I can substitute the brown rice flour with other kinds of flour?

    Thanks

  17. Sandy Halliday says

    The lemony vinaigrette does not have the exact measurements in your recipe. Why indicate everything else except the dressing?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sandy, if you click the link for the Lemony Vinaigrette, you will find the exact measurements. Hope that helps!

  18. Sarah | Well and Full says

    I always buy those bags of crispy onion salad toppers at the grocery store, but I need to try making some crispy shallots at home! :)