Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Pear and Beet Salad With Walnuts and Goat Cheese

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Have you ever had a plated salad at a fancy schmancy restaurant? The kind where you take a bite and wonder how they came up with and made these few ingredients taste so amazing!

Well, I did it!

This is, hands-down, the best salad I have ever made.

I say this in fear of sounding like a freak, but every bite was, well, orgasmic.


Funny enough, the only reason I made it was because I had a package of cooked beets in the fridge that were about to expire. I bought some pears for the 9-Year-Old who requested them, and when I was shopping this weekend I spied goat cheese. Something I have never, ever bought.

Goat Cheese

Someone mentioned in a comment how well goat cheese and beets go together so I figured, what the heck? I’ll give it a try.

Well, I’m glad I did! What an awesome combo!

I found goat cheese to be similar to feta but not as salty. Which reminds me, if you don’t have goat cheese, feta would probably work, too.

Pear Beet Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

I’m really into beets and mint together. It adds such a freshness while turning down the that famous beet earthiness.

The pear was a great addition, adding sweetness and a different texture that really complemented the beets.

Here’s what I did…

  • ~20 fresh mint leaves (1/4 tsp dried mint should work)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Healthy pinch of salt
  • 8.8 oz (250g) roasted or cooked beets (I buy them cooked from Costco, but you can used canned or roast your own)
  • 1 Bartlett pear
  • 1 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 oz (28g) walnuts

Whisk and smash the mint, honey, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt to make the dressing.

Pear Beet Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese - The Dressing

Set aside.

Prepare the beets and the pear by cutting them in half and then slicing. Place them in a large bowl with the walnuts and goat cheese.

Pear Beet Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese - Ingredients

Pour the dressing on top and toss!

Pear Beet Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese - Tossed

Separate into 2 servings or pile on a plate for a tasty lunch!

Pear Beet Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese - Plated

I ate half and saved the other mostly because I wanted to see how this salad would hold up. It was good the next day but much better fresh, so this is one salad I recommend making and eating right away to prevent the pears from softening too much.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 1/2 recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
245 14g 6g old: 5 new: 6
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
17g 4g 26g 5g

See other recipes using: beets, goat cheese, mint, pear, walnuts

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    Berta Bennett

    September 4, 2014

    I love beets in salads, including raw. A good combo is beets, apples, green cabbage and carrots. Yum.

    Joshua Hampton

    September 6, 2014

    This salad looks so fancy indeed. I love goat cheese, and I like the pear and beet combo.