Fresh Green Salad with Arugula, Beets, Goat Cheese, and Olive Oil

A few months ago I cut many things from my diet for a variety of reasons. To balance everything out, I increased my intake of vegetables.

Fresh Green Salad with Arugula, Beets, Goat Cheese, and Olive Oil |

I try to have at least one, if not two, salads each day. The result: a lot less inflammation, more energy, and I have lost almost 30 pounds.

Fresh Green Salad with Arugula, Beets, Goat Cheese, and Olive Oil Recipe |

Arugula is one of my favorite types of lettuce. I really enjoy the slightly bitter, almost peppery taste of the leaves. It brings a bit more character to my salad bowl than iceberg lettuce.

Around here, our salads are never boring. I like to experiment with a mixture of different lettuces, spinach, and kale. Some days, I lean towards adding in the traditional cucumber, tomato, and onion.

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Other times, I have been known to throw in cheeses, nuts, seeds, and fruits. Anything goes when it comes to salad making.

You can even serve this salad in a natural, edible bowl, like a hollowed out tomato!

It’s also fun to experiment with the different types of oils that you use to make your dressings.

Looking for a different recipe that includes healthy and delicious beets? Check out these wraps.

And if you love cheese on your salads, like the goat cheese on this dish, our classic Greek salad will be another favorite of yours! With a medley of colorful veggies, it’s topped with salty, tangy feta cheese. 

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  • 6 beets
  • 1 1/2 heads arugula rinsed and torn
  • 4 ounces goat cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.
  1. Place beets in a medium saucepan, cover with water, and season with salt. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. Remove from heat.
  2. When the beets have cooled enough that you can handle them, peel and slice them.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the vinegar and oil. Place the beets in the bowl at let marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Toss arugula in the bowl with the beets.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Add cheese, cranberries, and nuts on top.


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20 thoughts on “Fresh Green Salad with Arugula, Beets, Goat Cheese, and Olive Oil”

  1. I am glad to see that you don’t suffer from as much inflammation and lost some weight as well. Being healthy and being able to enjoy whatever you make is a plus in my book.

  2. Nice simple salad. I like arugula but I always have to mix it with some other greens since it is pretty bitter. Beets cooked that are hot or cold have such great taste to them. The health benefits are great too. They lower blood pressure. Combats inflammation in the body. The root has shown in studies to counteract cancer growth. Beets purify the liver and blood supporting detoxification. Arugula contains trace minerals and antioxidants that block absorption of contaminants that negatively effect your libido. Good one to feed your significant other if there is trouble in that department. I think I have noticed a difference in myself when I eat a lot of arugula. It was markedly different.

  3. I’ve tasted a lot of lettuces, but I don’t think I’ve tried Arugula. I also have a lot of inflammation, and enjoy eating a variety of vegetables, and always use oil and vinegar on my salads these days. I like the composition of this one, it looks and sounds very tasty, and I’m now looking forward to trying out a new leafy green.

  4. I have tried arugula in my salad before, but I usually cannot bear that without an extra helping of salad dressing (which is unfortunate, considering how unhealthy some of them are). However, I’m game to try new things, and beets would be a nice addition. Also, the balsamic vinegar and oil sounds healthier than store-bought dressings. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I’ve never actually had arugula either. I do know it seems to be one of those love it or hate it veggies; I have a friend who falls into the former camp and one who falls into the latter. I think I’d enjoy it, especially with goat cheese. Time for me to try this out!

  6. I was about to say I don’t think I’ve ever tried arugula either after reading some of the other comments, but after googling it to get a closer look at it, I realized I have, but never knew the name! I’ve always thought they looked like weeds, so when I saw them in my salads that’s what I would refer to them as. This looks like a nice, simple recipe to follow; one that would be a good appetizer, and I will admit I’ve never had beets in any dish other than oven roasted, so I am curious how they’ll taste in here. Thanks for sharing this one!

  7. I love salads too, but I generally just stick to a Greek style (feta cheese, black olives, etc.). I’ve been meaning to try out a recipe including arugula soon, and this seems like a great idea! I absolutely love goat’s cheese and beets as well, so this sounds very appetizing to me. I’ve never added a sweetish element like cranberries to my salad before, so maybe it’s time to give it a go. Can’t wait to try this refreshing looking recipe out!

    • The addition of cranberries, apples, or other sweet elements is delicious, especially when paired with goat cheese.

  8. Beets are very under appreciated. They seem to come out for a feta salad from time to time but they also go great on a burger or just on their own and juice well also. Americans seem to not like the taste for the most part; I have never understood that.

    • Beets have always been a favorite around here, especially with my little ones. I grew up eating beets, so it is no surprise.

  9. Beets & goat cheese are delicious together. It’s my go to when using beets in a salad. However, I do prefer my beets pickled when in combination with the goat cheese. To be honest I prefer my them pickled more often than not. Lord knows it doesn’t help with salt intake but it’s delicious

  10. People (such as yourself) have always said that arugula has a peppery taste…maybe I’m eating it wrong or not eating it by itself enough, but I can’t really find the taste that everyone talks about? But I have had my share of salads that sounds a lot like yours (except without the beet; I’m not a huge fan of that!) and I’ve always really enjoyed it.

    I see this type of leafy salad in “fancier” restaurants more often; is it because arugula is more expensive in general? The last time I had a full-on peppery salad such as yours was for my birthday at a super fancy restaurant (which of course they did a fantastic job with). And if this leafy green has more nutritional value than your regular ol’ lettuce, maybe I should switch up our veggies a little bit!

    Thank goodness for having a farmer’s market near me. Perhaps I’ll go look for some this week 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  11. These are all ingredients that are healthy amd make a great salad! And the goat cheese is great for those who can’t have cows milk. I recently tried it for the first time and was impressed! I’ve never eaten beets without them being pickled, so I’m curious as to how it will be. This salad looks so delicious and healthy, I can’t wait to try it!

  12. I can’t say I’ve ever seen arugula for sale in any of the sotres nearby but I do like the thought of the peppery taste which is being described. Whilst iceberg etc is great for texture, it adds little in flavour so it’s always good to get some new ideas. Cheers!

  13. How can you go wrong with arugula and goats cheese. Such a savory combination. And, I really love this salad because you use beets. Beets are an awesome blood purifier. I will be trying out this salad soon!

  14. Some of the ingredients I don’t like alone, but in this combination they may be good. I have been looking to add some variety to my salads, I eat one a day usually. I’ll give this a shot.

  15. Glad I finally found a good salad recipe, I’ve been going crazy lately with my weight gain and diet, seems like this salad would be right up my alley with my current diet, although I think I have to not include the cheese and olive oil, those contain a lot of calories.

  16. Seems like thisrecipe has a lot of aphrodisiac ingredients, for real. I’d really like to try this one, but it will be kinda hard to find all the ingredients, it would be really nice to try it. Thank you for sharing.

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