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Baby Arugula Salad with Grains (Dairy-Free, Vegan)

Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baby arugula salad, Dairy-Free, grain salad, salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Soak Time: 2 hours
Servings: 2
Calories: 560kcal
This baby arugula salad with grains is simple and nutritious. It’s dairy-free with a vegan option, and works great with anything you have at hand.
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For the Baby Arugula and Grain Salad

  • ½ cup steel cut oats soaked, at least 2-7 hours in advance
  • 2 tsp avocado or olive oil for quick sauté
  • 4 cup baby arugula
  • 1 cup chopped or shredded roasted chicken omit if vegan
  • ¾ cup roasted beets or any roasted vegetables
  • 3 tbsp dairy-free yogurt plain, unsweetened (I used Cocojune's coconut yogurt)

For the Simple Salad Dressing with Lemon

  • 3/4 lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • drizzle honey optional (I used Mike's Hot Honey)


Sauté the Oats

  • Drain ½ cup of overnight steel cut oats (soaked at least 2-7 hours in advance). Set aside. If vegan, add an extra ¼ cup of oats.
  • In a small pan, add 2 tsp of avocado or olive oil on medium-high heat and sauté the drained oats. They will sizzle briefly due to the water content in the oats, but don’t worry as it will die down quickly.
  • Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Once the oats are golden brown, set aside.

Assemble the Salad

  • In a medium salad bowl, dollop 3 tbsp of dairy-free yogurt and spread evenly across the surface.
  • Next, place 4 cups of baby arugula on top of the yogurt.
  • Layer with sautéed oats, ¾ cup roasted beets, and 1 cup chopped or shredded roasted chicken. If vegan, omit chicken and add extra roasted beets/vegetable of choice.
  • Finish by drizzling 3 tbsp of olive oil, ⅓ juice of a lemon, and salt and pepper. Add a drizzle of honey (optional, Mike's Hot Honey is highly recommended). Toss the salad and enjoy!


Add avocado for extra fiber, fat, and greens.
Nutrition facts are approximate.


Sodium: 92mg | Calcium: 99mg | Vitamin C: 14mg | Vitamin A: 1046IU | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 7g | Potassium: 432mg | Cholesterol: 42mg | Calories: 560kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Fat: 39g | Protein: 19g | Carbohydrates: 34g | Iron: 3mg