Blackberry Arugula Salad With Citrus Vinaigrette

January 9, 2012 by Ali

This delicious blackberry arugula salad recipe only calls for a small number of ingredients, but is big on great flavor!

Arugula Blackberry Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette |

Over the holidays, my good friend Ally hosted a huge Thanksgiving dinner for friends, including a bunch of foodies). But amongst all of the amazing dishes, the one I returned to for seconds (ok, then maybe thirds…) was this lovely salad.

I have to admit, I’m typically a must-include-at-least-five-different-food-groups-in-my-salad kind of girl. But this beautiful, simple salad was perfect. Just baby arugula, fresh blackberries, and gorgonzola (or any soft cheese) topped with a fresh, light, citrusy vinaigrette that Ally made with blood orange juice. It was heavenly.

I of course immediately went to the store to track down some blood oranges and made my own version at home, and have loved this salad ever since. You can of course sub in any other berries, cheeses, or even different citrus juices in the vinaigrette, but I will tell you right now that this combination is a guaranteed success. Cheers to recipes from good friends, and delicious, simple salads!

Easy Blackberry Arugula Salad |

Blackberry Arugula Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings


    Salad Ingredients:
  • baby arugula leaves
  • fresh blackberries
  • crumbled gorgonzola or blue cheese
  • citrus vinaigrette (recipe below)
  • Citrus Vinaigrette Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup good-quality olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed orange, lemon, or lime juice (I used blood orange juice)
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


Whisk together all vinagrette ingredients until well-blended. Toss with arugula and blackberries, and then serve topped with crumbled cheese.

Ali’s Tip:

This would also be great with different berries or fruits.


My friend, Ally.

filed in Fruits, Salads

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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10 thoughts on “Blackberry Arugula Salad With Citrus Vinaigrette

  1. I was stopped dead in my tracks by that photo. Simply stunning. The recipe sounds great too, by the way.

    - Nancy @ Rivertree kitchen

  2. I love these simple yet delicious salads

    - The Food Hunter

  3. I love arugula with fruit and gorgonzola cheese… This salad looks delightful!

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  4. This vinaigrette sounds awesome! Perfect with Gorgonzola too. I love the lighting in your photos!

    - Cassie

  5. A few years back I enjoyed a salad of fresh mesclun and blackberries. They also added matchsticks of jicama and tossed it altogether with a lemon thyme dressing. There must be something about blackberries that calls for a paring with citrus.

    - Molly