Side Dishes Vegan Recipes

Lemon Citronette Salad

This salad was inspired by El Camino’s Restaurant. I ordered an amazing kale/arugula salad from there the other night and had to find out how to recreate it. I highly recommend making the dressing from scratch. It’s super easy to do and gives the kale/arugula the perfect flavor.

Dairy Free Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp minced shallot
  • 1-2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp Champagne vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup – 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Lemon Zest
  • Optional- salt and pepper for flavoring

Dressing Directions:

  • Blend or mix all ingredients together.
  • Store in a tight lid container in the fridge for about 4-5 days.

Salad Ingredients:

  • Baby Kale
  • Arugula
  • Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • Optional- Cotija cheese or Raw Parmesan cheese
  • Optional- Tomatoes (I leave these off for myself b/c it’s a food trigger for me)

Salad Directions:

  • Rinse kale and arugula with water. Set aside to dry out or use a salad spinner.
  • Place kale and arugula on a plate or in a bowl.
  • Top with pepitas, cheese and tomatoes.
  • Mix in cintronette dressing and enjoy!


  • If you don’t have shallot, any onion should work.
  • Look for raw cheese, because it’s easier to digest. If you’re pregnant it’s not recommended to eat raw cheese.
  • Kale- if you can’t find baby kale, make sure to wash your regular kale and remove the leaves from the stems. The stems are too hard to eat. You want to massage the kale leaves with the dressing. This breaks the kale down and allows for a smoother taste.

JUST EAT REAL FOOD – Stop focusing on calories & focus on what you’re eating and how it makes you feel. Your body is always giving you signals, but many times we ignore them. Pay attention if you develop nausea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, joint pain, rashes, sinus problems, or cold sores. If you develop any of these things after eating, it’s a good indicator that your body is giving you a clue to stop consuming something in your food. Many times these symptoms come from consuming chemicals, artificial coloring, and preservatives. Other times these symptoms can occur from a food allergy or sensitivity. Pay attention. Creating a food diary is a really great way to help you figure out what your triggers are. Food elimination diets are a great way to figure out what your triggers are.

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