Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with Raspberry Balsamic Dressing


I’ve been known to totally be that “old people food” lover. Tapioca pudding? Check. Prunes? Load me up. But beets and I had tumultuous relationship. That was one colored, hard, odd old bulb that I could not get behind… Magenta vegetables? Thanks but no thanks. It wasn’t until I tried to turn add beets to a chocolate cake that my whole opinion of them transformed. Chocolate was the only acceptable thing that could cover up that earthy taste – and I wasn’t going to try it with anything less. Worked like a charm. And then it got me hooked on beets. Official fan here.


When Ben and I and the friends were up in the mountains a couple of weeks ago, I was wanting to stuff my face with inordinate amounts of pasta and carbs, along with the beer and the brats – so I figured one salad wouldn’t kill me. And probably would stave off the impending heart attack a couple more days. Once I got my face wrapped around this I was a goner. G.o.n.e.r.

I’m not entirely sure which part sold me more – the arugula, the roasted beets, the goat cheese or the raspberry balsamic dressing.

In the end, it doesn’t matter – as long as it gets made and promptly devoured.


Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad

Arugula, Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese are topped with an irresistible Raspberry Balsamic Dressing.

  • Author: Country Cleaver
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 salads 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: American


  • 6 cups Arugula
  • ¼ cups Sliced Red Onion
  • ⅓ cup Goat Cheese, crumbled
  • 2 beets, halved and sliced ¼-⅓” slices
  • ¼ cup Raspberry Balsamic Sauce, such as STAR
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Raspberries, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a saucepan with a steamer basket, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Place sliced beets into the steamer basket. Steam until fork tender.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain beets and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle beets with a couple of tablespoons of the olive oil, salt and pepper and minced garlic.
  3. Roast 15-20 minutes, turning half way through. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining olive oil, an raspberry balsamic sauce until evenly mixed. For additional raspberry flavor add in a few fresh raspberries, salt and pepper.
  5. Toss arugula with goat cheese, onions, roasted beets, additional raspberries if desired and topped with balsamic dressing.