What to do with arugula? Make this easy arugula salad recipe that is ready in just 10 minutes! It’s a sugar-free, vegan salad that is packed with vegan protein and vitamin C.

“What to do with arugula?”

Do you wonder how to use this super healthy green plant that is part of the family Brassicaceae?

Well you are in luck because here is one of my favorite vegan arugula salad.

The best part is the spiced tofu that really brings out the best of arugula!

Top view of arugula, tofu and mini sweet peppers in a bowl
This easy arugula salad is ready in just 10 minutes.

How to make it

1. For the tofu, mix water and (Affiliate Link) harissa paste. Put the pressed and cubed tofu in it, to marinate overnight. Alternatively, you can buy store bought version by Hoda.

2. In a wok, add one part of the avocado oil, marinated tofu and sliced garlic. Saute on low for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Top view of harissa marinated tofu in a wok with garlic. Title of "saute tofu"
Quickly saute harissa marinated tofu in the wok.

3. In a salad bowl, add all the ingredients, including the remaining avocado oil and sauteed tofu.

Top view of the ingredients in a brown salad bowl before being mixed up.
Put the ingredients in the salad bowl

4. Mix well and serve this salad immediately. It’s best when fresh. If you want to add more oomph to your salad, drizzle this easy lemon vinaigrette recipe on it. You won’t regret it.

Top view of arugula salad in a brown salad bowl.
When all the ingredients come together, the salad is so pretty!

👩‍🍳 Substitution tip: If you don’t have time to marinate your tofu in Harissa overnight, you can always get the store bought version. Hodo makes an awesome version which available in many grocery or big box stores.

What is arugula salad made of?

  • Fresh arugula (AKA baby arugula)
  • Lemon juice
  • Avocado oil
  • Dill
  • Mini sweet peppers
  • Harissa marinated tofu
  • Salt & garlic

This is a quick synopsis of the ingredients. Find the full list of ingredients and instructions in the printable card below.

🍅 Handy Tip: Keep a jar of this homemade harissa marinated tofu and use it for recipes. This marinated tofu lasts about a month when refrigerated.

top view of all the ingredients that go into this arugula salad recipe
The ingredients are simple and delicious.

Why the ingredients work well together

All the ingredients put into this recipe for arugula salad contribute to the betterment of our health. I deliberately choose the ingredients not just for their taste, but also for how they assist to the healthy functioning of the human body.

Arugula: Arugula is a bitter, peppery, and tarty in flavor. All these flavors of the arugula make it the perfect vegetable to support our liver.

Source: Dr. Hyman

Lemon Juice: Fresh lemon juice is packed with Vitamin C. This is a huge antioxidant vitamin that helps with healthy skin and fight the free radicals.

Source: Mayo Clinic

Dill: Packed with flavinoids, it is good for the heart. It helps reduce the risks of heart diseases and strokes.

Source: WebMD

Mini sweet peppers: This is my favorite source for Vitamin C. I eat them right out of the bag. Additionally, they are really good source of fiber which is food for our gut bacteria.

Source: Medical News Today

Tofu: One of the 2 most common source of protein for vegans is tofu, the other being tempeh. It is such a versatile ingredient because it comes as a blank slate. It can be flavored to be spicy, salty, tangy, and so much more. This time, I marinated it in Harissa sauce, overnight. Tastes sooo good. Tofu is a complete source of protein.

Avocado oil: Avocado oil is part of the healthy fats family. Healthy fats help absorb proteins better. Additionally, avocado oil has a high smoke point, so it’s great for cooking.

Source: Sun Warrior and Farmer’s Almanac

Top view of arugula salad in a white plate
This is a healthy arugula salad that can be served by itself or as a side

Recipe inspiration

Max Lugavere makes a simple arugula salad recipe using just 3 ingredients and serve it with a meat protein. Since I don’t do meat, I always make his recipe, by adding vegan protein and Vitamin C to my salad.

Arugula is packed with so much nutrients that support the liver. So, it’s one of those leafy greens that you and I should frequently have in our diet. I eat it about 3 times a week. How about you?

🍅 Handy Tip: Refrigerate this salad in a glass bowl because the lemon juice will not react with the container. Also, use the salad up within a couple days.

Answering Common Questions

Is rocket the same thing as arugula?

Yes, they are the same thing. In the United States, it is referred to as arugula leaves. Across the pond, in the UK and many other countries they are referred to as rocket leaves.

How does arugula taste?

Arugula is not like any other greens. Bite into arugula and your tastebuds will experience bitter, peppery and tangy flavors. It has a very strong taste that is unmistakable.

What is the best arugula salad dressing?

It’s best to keep arugula salad recipe a very simple affair. I used a very easy lemon dressing in this salad. You can also try this arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette.

Can arugula be cooked?

It can be cooked, but heat destroys some of it’s good properties like the bitterness and peppery flavors. It’s best consume arugula in it’s raw form.

More arugula recipes you will LOVE!

  1. Watermelon salad with arugula
  2. Arugula pesto
  3. Date night ravioli
  4. Melon salad

Further research

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Top view of arugula, tofu and mini sweet peppers in a bowl

The BEST Arugula Salad Recipe

What to do with arugula? Make this easy arugula salad recipe that is ready in just 10 minutes! It's a sugar-free, vegan salad that is packed with vegan protein and vitamin C.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Moroccon
Servings 2 people
Calories 100 kcal



For marinating the tofu

  • 1 tsp Harissa paste mild or medium flavor, see note #1
  • 1 tsp water
  • ¼ block tofu pressed and cubed
  • Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 clove garlic thinly sliced, lengthwise

For the salad

  • oz arugula about 3-4 cups
  • 2 mini sweet peppers de-seeded, cut lengthwise.
  • Tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 Tbsp dill chopped
  • tsp pink salt optional
  • Tbsp avocado oil adjust to taste


To marinate the tofu

  • In a glass jar, add the harissa, water and tofu. Mix well and marinate overnight.
    1 tsp Harissa paste, 1 tsp water, ¼ block tofu

Cooking the tofu

  • Next day, heat a wok for 30 seconds and add the oil and garlic.
  • Add the marinated tofu and all the juices in the water to the wok.
  • Saute on low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Do not let it burn/char.
  • Turn off heat and set tofu aside.

Assembling the salad

  • In a salad bowl, add all salad ingredients and the sauteed tofu.
  • Mix well and serve immediately.


#1 You can use store bought marinated harissa tofu.  It’s made by a company called Hodo and they are available in most areas.  Use the store locator on their page to find one near you. 
– You can make your own marinated harissa tofu and store it in the fridge for about a month.  Put it in salads, sandwiches and even pasta recipes
– Always press the tofu to remove the liquid.  This will make it easier for the harissa flavors to penetrate into the tofu.
– If you don’t have fresh dill you can use dill weed.  But, fresh dill is so much better.


Calories: 100kcal
Keyword easy arugula salad recipe, spicy tofu recipe
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  1. Arugula is so zesty and spicy, I love it on burgers and sandwiches.
    This salad is so easy and tasty to make, I didn’t think an arugula salad would be so delicious!

  2. What an interesting salad. Its full of texture and flavor. I love the tofu in it. Its just delicious to pair with the spicy arugula. And the dressing was so yumm.

  3. I love that this can be a whole meal because if the tofu! Plus dill is my favorite fresh herb by a mile. So so tasty and perfect for work lunches!

  4. I LOVE how you’ve prepped the tofu for this. Sounds great. It must impart so much flavor. We are big fans of arugula-based salads in my house, so this is going on the menu soon!

  5. This arugula salad is so delicious. I loved the use of Harissa sauce for marinating tofu, as I am a spice person. Perfect balance of flavors in the salad.