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Cold Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Arugula, and Pear

One of my most favorite salads, this cold beet salad with goat cheese, arugula, pear, walnuts, and basil makes a perfect side dish to grilled meats but is also great on its own. Tossed in a flavorful honey-balsamic-basil dressing, it’s refreshing and crazy delicious!

This Cold Beet Salad features goat cheese, pear, arugula, walnuts, basil, and a fantastic honey-balsamic-basil dressing. Great as a side dish or a light standalone meal! | yummyaddiction.com

Igor’s parents have a cabin near the woods. Every spring and summer weekend we go there for fresh pine-infused air, for shashlik (skewered and grilled cubes of meat popular in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in Central Asia), and simply to relax from the city noise. Birds chirping, wind blowing through trees, no internet connection whatsoever… So peaceful. That’s when your mind truly relaxes.

Having spent three last months in Tenerife (yes, I’m back), we missed such weekends a lot. So we got back Saturday night and the very next morning we were on our way to the woods. Not only we wanted to go there for ourselves but it was also interesting how Adam will react to the environment. He was a little boy last summer still not walking and now he spends all the time on his legs.

All the day he was playing in a sandbox, catching flies (that’s his newest addiction), collecting pine cones and transporting them in his toy car, and doing a myriad of other fun things kids do. He doesn’t speak yet but I am pretty sure he loved it. Happy kid – happy parents!

This Cold Beet Salad features goat cheese, pear, arugula, walnuts, basil, and a fantastic honey-balsamic-basil dressing. Great as a side dish or a light standalone meal! | yummyaddiction.com

When we go to the cabin, I usually make something to bring with us. It has become some sort of a tradition: Igor’s parents take care of meat while I prepare either a dessert, a savory tart, or throw together a salad. This time, though, we were in a rush so I quickly ran to the shop and got ingredients to make one of my favorite salads (why it’s not on the blog yet is a mystery) on the spot.

Cold beet salad with goat cheese, arugula, pear, basil, and walnuts with honey-balsamic-basil dressing! How is that for a combination?

This Cold Beet Salad features goat cheese, pear, arugula, walnuts, basil, and a fantastic honey-balsamic-basil dressing. Great as a side dish or a light standalone meal! | yummyaddiction.com

I must say I am quite a fan of a beet. Its jewel-colored roots often make their way to my kitchen even though I posted only one (!) beet recipe in 3 years. Don’t ask me how this happened. This only recipe I managed to post was the beet and goat cheese Wellington, which was spectacular by the way.

The old and proven beetroot and goat cheese combination shines in a new light with the addition of peppery arugula, crunchy walnuts, and sweet pear in this cold beet salad. Oh, and of course my beloved basil! I still grow it on my windowsill and I keep adding these aromatic leaves everywhere I can. Because it’s awesome.

This Cold Beet Salad features goat cheese, pear, arugula, walnuts, basil, and a fantastic honey-balsamic-basil dressing. Great as a side dish or a light standalone meal! | yummyaddiction.com

Simple, refreshing, and nutritious, this salad makes a great lunch or a side to grilled meats. Try it once and you will be hooked! This Cold Beet Salad features goat cheese, pear, arugula, walnuts, basil, and a fantastic honey-balsamic-basil dressing. Great as a side dish or a light standalone meal! | yummyaddiction.com

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Cold Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Arugula, and Pear
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 

This cold beet salad uses an old and proven beet and goat cheese combination but features arugula, pear, walnuts, and basil to make it more interesting!

Servings: 4 people
Calories: 458 kcal
Author: Yummy Addiction
Ingredients
For the salad:
  • 3-4 medium beets , trimmed
  • 7 oz. (200g) arugula
  • 6 oz. (170g) soft goat cheese , cubed
  • 6 basil leaves , cut into strips
  • a handful of walnuts , chopped
  • 1 large pear , sliced or cubed
For the dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 basil leaves
  • black pepper , to taste
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. To make the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together until combined. Set aside.

  2. Either boil the beets or roast them wrapped in foil. When done, peel them and cut into cubes.

  3. On a plate, arrange the arugula leaves and drizzle them with the dressing. Top with the beets and drizzle with some more dressing. Arrange the goat cheese, sprinkle with the basil and walnuts. Add the pear slices. Pour the remaining dressing over and toss well. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Cold Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Arugula, and Pear
Amount Per Serving
Calories 458 Calories from Fat 310
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34.4g 53%
Cholesterol 19.6mg 7%
Sodium 857.5mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 29.7g 10%
Sugars 22.2g
Protein 11.9g 24%
Vitamin A 21%
Vitamin C 24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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