Beet, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad

Beet Goat Cheese Mandarin Orange Salad

Growing up I decided I did not like beets. I am not sure why, but I was convinced I did not like them. A few weeks ago I was in Providence, Rhode Island and it seemed that on every local restaurant menu was some form of a beet salad. I don’t remember ever seeing beet salad on a menu ever – so I figured it must be a local specialty.

I took this as a sign – a sign that I needed to give this beautifully rich colored superfood a second chance. At dinner the last night we were in town I decided to give the beet a try – and I am so glad I did.

The red and orange beets were cooked and served on a bed of arugula with mandarin oranges and goat cheese. It was surprisingly tasty! I enjoyed the salad so much that I came home and picked up the ingredients to make my own version of the salad.


  • Organic baby arugula
  • Cooked or pickled beets – you can use the red or orange variety
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Walnuts
  • Goat cheese
  • Dressing of your choice – I like Serrano Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette and Olive Oil

There is no magical formula for constructing this salad. You can serve it on a long platter for a very elegant presentation or put a few together in plastic containers for quick ready to go salads for lunch all week.

Have you tried beets? What are your favorite ways to enjoy them?

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