Peppery arugula is a popular base for interesting salads throughout the year. Sweet fruits, salty cheeses, and nuts complement the greens, and these toppings are easy to vary according to what’s in season.

Beloved cool-weather choices include this salad with roasted butternut squash and warm cider vinaigrette. It’s “SO good!” raves Susan627. vday has “had good luck” dressing a combo of arugula, thinly sliced pears, Parmesan, and lightly candied walnuts or pecans with lemon juice and olive oil. Add bits of prosciutto “if something a little meaty sounds good,” vday says. There’s “nothing like” roasted beets and goat cheese with arugula, oakjoan adds.

When it’s warm, roxlet tosses arugula with a lemony dressing and tops it with sliced sirloin. “It is absolutely delicious, and the essence of summer cooking for us,” roxlet says. CanadaGirl recommends pairing arugula with peaches, blue cheese, and red onions. And MangaLisa‘s favorite summer mix-ins are grilled corn (cut from the cob), grape tomatoes, cilantro, and crumbled bacon; dress with olive oil, lime juice, honey, and cumin.

A year-round standby for several hounds is a simple salad of arugula with lemon-flavored oil, shaved Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Lady_Tenar calls the addition of minced capers and anchovies to a lemon juice and olive oil dressing “divine!”

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