National Macadamia Nut Day | Macadamia Arugula Salad – The Foodie Patootie

National Macadamia Nut Day | Macadamia Arugula Salad

I’m always somewhat aware of how many months, weeks, days I have left in this food holiday challenge, but sometimes I actually look at the calendar and realize how far I’ve come…and how I don’t really have much left. As of today, I have less than four months to go. Every time I think about it, it becomes the best news of my day.

I can’t wait until I’m just a month out and then I’ll feel immediate relief, even more so when this whole thing is over with, haha.

National Macadamia Nut Day | Macadamia Arugula Salad

Anyways, yay for National Macadamia Nut Day! Macadamias are one of my favorite nuts, after pecans and walnuts. Macadamia Nut cookies are insanely delicious, but I really didn’t feel like baking tonight. It was a long day at work and I really just wanted to make some dinner before settling in for more episodes of Mad Men.

I was in the mood for an arugula salad and I thought, why can’t I just mix in chopped macadamia nuts for a bite and some sweetness? And that’s exactly what I ended up doing, along with shredded cheddar cheese, and some sautéed onions slices.

The dressing is simple: extra-virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice. I find this combination to pair perfectly with arugula salads. So simple and light.

National Macadamia Nut Day | Macadamia Arugula Salad

Macadamia Arugula Salad


  • 2 cups arugula leaves
  • Couple of onion slices, sautéed in olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes
  • Handful croutons
  • 1/8 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp roughly chopped macadamia nuts
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of black pepper


  1. In a bowl, combine arugula, onion slices, croutons, cheddar cheese, and macadamia nuts.
  2. Toss with olive oil and lemon juice. Top with pinch of black pepper.

Tomorrow: National Cheese Pizza Day

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