Thinly sliced pear, crunchy walnuts and salty Parmesan cheese top a dish of arugula.

Pear Arugula Salad

This Pear Arugula Salad is truly a classic Italian salad. The complementary flavors of peppery arugula, sweet juicy pears, creamy walnuts and salty Parmesan cheese create such an explosion of flavors! You'll love this salad even if you don't like arugula.
Course Appetizer or side
Cuisine Italian
Keyword arugula salad with shaved parmesan, best arugula salad, pear arugula salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 240kcal
Author Maria Vannelli RD


  • 2 pears bosc or other firm pear
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 6-8 cups arugula fresh, rinsed and spun dry
  • 2-3 ounces Parmesan cheese shavings
  • 1/3 cup walnuts toasted and chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste


  • Halve and core the pears. Slice thinly and place in a bowl along with the lemon juice. Set aside.
  • Place the arugula in a large platter or bowl.
  • Add the Parmesan shavings, the pears and the toasted walnuts.
  • Drizzle with the olive oil.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss together and serve immediately.


Please keep in mind that the nutritional information provided below is just a rough estimate and variations can occur depending on the specific ingredients used. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 845IU | Vitamin C: 9.8mg | Calcium: 233mg | Iron: 1mg