Beet and Pear Salad With Walnuts and Goat Cheese

Beet and Pear Salad With Walnuts and Goat Cheese

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
323 Calories
26g Fat
15g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 323
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 155mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 10g
Calcium 108mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a visually beautiful dish. The deeply colored, red sliced beets are topped with sweet yellow pears, goat cheese,​ and a simple walnut vinaigrette. The salad can be served as a first course or doubled in size for the main course.


  • 2 large red beets (stems trimmed, washed)
  • 1 ripe pear (cored, sliced thin)
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnut halves
  • 2 tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. walnut oil
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups baby arugula leaves
  • 4 oz. goat cheese (either firm-style aged or softer fresh goat cheese)

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  2. Wrap the beets in foil, place in a small baking dish, and bake for 1 hour, or until tender (test with a small knife). Allow to cool completely. When cool, scrape off the skin with a knife, and slice the beets as thin as possible; reserve.

  3. Fan the beet slices on four chilled salad plates. Top with the sliced pear and walnuts. In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, and walnut oil. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.

  4. Toss the arugula with a couple of tablespoons of the dressing, and divide on top of each salad. Top each plate with the goat cheese (grate finely if using firm, aged goat cheese, or simply crumble if using soft goat cheese).

  5. Drizzle each beet and pear salad with more of the dressing, serving an extra on the side. Serve immediately.