Arugula, Beet, Walnut and Goat Cheese Salad

Published:  06/02/2019

Elevate your salad game with this vibrant Arugula, Beet, Walnut, and Goat Cheese creation. A medley of flavors and textures come together in this nutritious dish. Get ready to savor the perfect blend of earthy beets, peppery arugula, creamy goat cheese, and crunchy walnuts. A culinary masterpiece awaits!

This is such a delicious, fancy salad that looks like you have put tons of effort in but in reality, it is simple.

The instructions for this salad are for the composed version. I do this at home for a dinner party. If we are on our boat I don't get that fancy. I take pre-cooked packaged beets, cut into chunks and toss with the arugula and salad dressing then top with goat cheese, walnuts or as shown here pistachios.

This is a perfectly balanced vinaigrette dressing recipe that is simple to make and so versatile! Save the recipe to use for other salads too!

Lemon Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Sugar

Combine all ingredients in glass jar and shake well. Taste. Adjust seasoning. Depending on the strength of the lemon, you might have to add more oil. Can be stored in the refrigerator.

Salad Ingredients

  • 5 oz Arugula
  • 6 oz Cooked Red beets * peeled, cut thinly on a mandoline and julienned (or Trader Joe's Steamed and Peeled Ready to Eat) *See directions below on how to cook fresh beets.
  • 2 fl oz Lemon Vinaigrette
  • 3 oz Goat Cheese
  • 2 oz. Walnuts, rough chopped and toasted (I've also used shelled pistachios and did not toast them and had delicious results)

Salad Directions:
1. In a large bowl, combine arugula, beets, and dressing and toss.
2. Neatly pile on chilled salad plates.
3. Top with goat cheese and walnuts.

If you don't have a mandoline, you need one! This mandoline gets great reviews! A mandoline is used for slicing fruits and vegetables with precision. It offers benefits such as uniformity, efficiency, and the ability to create thin, consistent slices. Mandolines are versatile, often featuring interchangeable blades for various cutting styles. They also provide safety features like hand guards.  can save time and effort in the kitchen.

Cooked Beets Directions:

To cook beets, scrub them well, cut off the top and the stem tip. Wrap in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F until tender. This takes about 45-60 minutes. Remove from the oven, unwrap the foil and let them cool. Using a paper towel, rub the outside to remove the skin. They can be made the day before making the salad. For perfect slices, use your new mandoline! 

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