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Arugula Salad with Garlic Croutons, Gruyere and Eggs

Arugula Salad with Garlic Croutons, Gruyere and Eggs Arugula Salad with Garlic Croutons, Gruyere and Eggs

Great salad, looks elegant but is reasonably easy to put together. Loved the combination of textures, crunchy croutons, slightly spicy rocket (arugula) and perfectly dressed with just a bit of tang from the dressing.















2 slices sourdough bread
thin slices, cut from large round loaf
1 tablespoon olive oil, extra-virgin
1 clove garlic
or 2 small ones
¼ teaspoon salt
or to taste
1 ½ tablespoons white wine vinegar
or sherry vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil, extra-virgin
5 ounces arugula (roquette)
washed thoroughly, and dried, about 5 cups
black pepper
freshly ground
2 large egg, hard-boiled
peeled and quartered
4 ounces gruyere cheese
thin shavings, or use swiss or even cheddar


Dandelion greens or mixed greens can be used in place of the arugula.

Hard boil the eggs in advance. See link at the bottom of this recipe for instructions on perfectly cooked and perfect peeling of the hard boiled eggs.

Position oven rack to highest position and heat broiler. Brush bread with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Broil watching constantly, turning once until toasted on both sides.

Rub the toasted bread with garlic. Break into large pieces to make the croutons. Mash the garlic with ¼ teaspoon salt in small bowl until smooth.

Whisk in vinegar, then whisk in the remaining olive oil adding slowly in a thin stream. Finally whisk in the finely diced shallots.

Heat the vinaigrette in a small saucepan until hot (do not overheat). Pour hot dressing over the arugula in large serving bowl, toss lightly to evenly coat.

Add croutons and plenty of pepper, toss again.

To serve:

Place ¼ of the greens and croutons on serving plates or salad bowls. Top with the egg quarters and cheese shavings. Serve immediately.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 37g (1.3 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 19693% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 192mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 14% Iron 1%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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