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Arugula, Kale, and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

Arugula, Kale, and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar is a delicious low-carb salad that will help you get your daily greens. Use Salads to see more recipes like this one.

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My fondness for salads with strongly-flavored greens and cheeses is pretty well-documented on this blog, right? I’ve shown it with recipes like My Favorite Baby Arugula Salad, Arugula Salad with Feta and Fresh Tomato VinaigretteLow-Carb Caesar Salad with Kale Romaine, and Shaved Parmesan, Spinach and Kale Salad with Feta-Lemon Vinaigrette, and Raw Kale Salad with Pecorino and Lemon. So you shouldn’t be too surprised that I would love this salad that has arugula, baby kale, and Gorgonzola cheese.

But I know some people are going to turn their nose up at this Arugula, Kale, and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar. And you can certainly make the salad with just one type of greens if you prefer, which is how I first made it back in 2011 when I created the recipe. But we loved the combination when we tested this new recipe with double greens, and dark leafy greens are loaded with health benefits!

This is a recipe where you’ll get best flavor if you use a your very best balsamic vinegar, and if you’re worried about the carbs it doesn’t take much balsamic vinegar to make this taste great. I’m crazy over the dressing we used here with a little touch of fresh lemon juice with the balsamic vinegar, but if you want a sweeter salad you can make it with all balsamic vinegar. We used a generous amount of crumbled Gorgonzola, but use less cheese or another type of cheese if you prefer. No matter how you adjust it to your personal food preferences, if you like these kinds of flavors this will be a healthy salad option that’s also delicious and I think this is a great side dish option for a low-carb meal!

Arugula, Kale, and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.com

Wash the greens in a salad spinned if needed, and spin until very dry. (Most packaged greens don’t need to be washed.) Crumble desired around of Gorgonzola cheese, or if you have one of those tubs of crumbled Gorgonzola you’re good to go! Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice (if using) and toss the greens with desired amount of dressing. Add the Gorgonzola and toss again and you’re done. (I like to save a little Gorgonzola to sprinkle over each salad.)

Arugula, Kale, and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.com

More Tasty Salads with Arugula or Kale:

Arugula Chickpea Salad with Feta and Balsamic-Tahini Vinaigrette ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chopped Mexican Kale Salad ~ FoodieCrush
Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Arugula Salad with Strawberries, Pistachios, and Goat Cheese ~ Family Food on the Table
Raw Summer Squash Salad with Arugula, Feta, and Herbs ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Broccoli Kale Spinach Salad ~ Reluctant Entertainer

Arugula, Kale, and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar


  • 5 oz. baby arugula
  • 2-3 oz. baby kale
  • 2 T + 1 tsp. good quality olive oil (or a little more if you taste the dressing and it seems too strong)
  • 1 T good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (more or less to taste)


  1. Wash greens in a salad spinner and spin very dry if needed. (Most packaged greens don’t need to be washed.
  2. Crumble Gorgonzola cheese, or if you have one of those big tubs of crumbled Gorgonzola, measure out desired amount.
  3. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice (or a little more balsamic vinegar if you’re not using the lemon. Taste the dressing and add a little more olive oil if it seems too strong.
  4. Toss salad with desired amount of dressing, until it’s as wet as you prefer. Add most of the crumbled Gorgonzola and toss again.
  5. Serve right away, adding a little of the remaining Gorgonzola to the top of each salad as you serve it.


This salad created by Kalyn.

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Arugula, Kale, and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Suggestions:
This salad is a perfect side dish for low-carb diets, low-glycemic diets, and any phase of the South Beach Diet. If you’re strictly following the South Beach Diet you may want to use a moderate amount of cheese, although Gorgonzola is lower in fat than many types of cheese.

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28 comments on “Arugula, Kale, and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinegar”

  1. Hello Kalyn! LOVE all of your recipes; I have loved everyone I’ve tried. Quick comment however on the website. I used to be able to print the recipe without the ads and now I see that I don’t have a choice but to print the pictures also which are lovely BUT…use up SO much printer’s ink!! Is there a way to just print the recipe, not the pictures?

    • Glad you are enjoying the recipes! So far only about 20 recipes have the new option (with the photo) so it shouldn’t be much of a problem until I get all the recipes moved to the new format (which will be a long time!) People were always asking me to be able to print the photo before, which is why I changed it! I can ask my web designer about it, but in the meantime on my printer page I have the option to select only black and white; do you have that?

  2. A really good balsamic will add a bit of sweetness to the strong flavors of the greens and cheese. Sounds delicious!

  3. Thanks Jenny, I agree that simple flavor combinations can be stunning in salads!

  4. This looks SO good & fresh! Great for a summer day. Isn't it amazing how some of the most simple salads just taste amazing? I think it must be because you can taste the individual flavors so well. Yum! Thanks for sharing

  5. Meathenge, how could bacon be bad in anything? Of course it would be good. (Not as SBD friendly though.)

    Donna, you will love it.

  6. OK, I'm off to Costco right now!


  7. This? Now this, this would be perfect with bacon. I am sure of it!

    xo, Biggles

  8. i think fresh-from-the-garden arugula would be even better. I haven't had much luck growing it in Utah though.

  9. Such a simple but delicious looking salad Kalyn and I love the new photos! Arugula is one of my favorite greens during the summer – I got some in my CSA box last week and thoroughly enjoyed it in a few salads.

  10. I love Gorgonzola and arugula is always a hit! This is a wonderful combination.

  11. Glad to hear that this sounds good. Ernie, I think any vinegar you like the flavor of would be good here.

  12. Mmm I'm going to try this with my nonnos wine vinegar instead! Not a fan of balsamic unfortunately.

  13. Thanks. I retwit it on my Twiiter
    Bob Peters, CA

  14. Yum! I love the spicy flavor from the arugula and saltiness from Gorgonzola…simple and delicious! Cheers!

  15. Looks splendid! I love gorgonzola. will save this for summer for sure. I just recently found your yummy blog so have loads of reading to do here and cooking. You just reminded me of my gorgonzola and pear salad recipe. must post that next. I am new to blogging so this is a treat to find and follow! thanks Veronica

  16. Simple but full of flavor I bet. For a twist, this might also be good on a flatbread or pizza!

  17. Aren't the simplest things the best ? 😉

  18. Another Kalyn’s find! I’m having a restaurant friend over for the first time and I didn’t want to make an institutional salad with pears and pecans, etc. Searched Cook’s — Pears and walnuts. Searched here — even simpler! I love salads that start with oiled greens. And a rather austere salad will be perfect since one of the other dishes is kind of rich! Love it!

  19. I make a similar salad but add red onion and red bell pepper and some pesto.
    I’ve never thought to use arugula instead of spinach sounds great!

  20. Sounds delicious, Kalyn! Your carrot & mushroom combo should be worried:)

  21. BNA – I love being on the same wavelength with Rorie. Her food always looks awesome.

    Sher – how to use up the gorgonzola? My mom would have called that “A good problem to have”.

  22. Well, what a wonderfdul thing to deal with–thinking up ways to use gorgonzola. The salad looks just perfect!

  23. You and Rorie are on a wavelength with the arugula and gorgonzola combination! Looks delightful.

  24. I do like the olive oil, but I haven’t tried the Balsamic vinegar yet.

  25. Since you are such a loyal Costco shopper I hope you have tried their Kirkland Signature Toscano olive oil. It’s wonderful, peppery and smooth. Also, their Signature Balsamaic from Modena. Both are in tall square 1 liter bottles. I have been making the same salad and love it!

  26. I love arugula too! I usually crumble feta on mine, but I would *dare* to try gorgonzola (I find it a bit sharp).
    Good recipe.
    (I’m so jealous you’re growing arugula.)

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