Arugula salad with roasted beetroots, fresh arugula leaves, goat cheese, walnut and a delicious balsamic dressing. It is easy to put together and is a perfect side dish to go with dinner.
This Arugula salad is loaded with leafy greens, roasted beetroot and a perfect side. Sweet roasted beetroot, peppery arugula, salty goat cheese and to bind everything together there is sweet and tangy balsamic dressing.
The balsamic dressing is slightly tangy and sweet. One of my favourite dressing, easy to put together and very versatile dressing. This balsamic dressing serves a dual purpose here. Beetroot is tossed in the same dressing and roasted. So instead of plain boring roasted vegetable, we have sweet flavourful beetroot for our salad.
I can not stress enough on a well-balanced meal which is nutritious and healthy. Most of our meals consist of some protein and a plant-based side dish like a vegetable stir fry or a salad.
INGREDIENTS FOR ARUGULA SALAD
- Fresh Baby Arugula leaves
- Toasted walnut
- Goat cheese
That's all you need for the salad. Try substituting toasted walnut with these candid walnuts for extra crunch.
ALL PURPOSE BALSAMIC DRESSING
Balsamic Vinegar dressing is a kind of a staple in my kitchen. I love this dressing a lot. It is sweet and tangy. This dressing works perfectly as a marinade too. I use the same dressing to marinade chicken( you should give a try), carrots, assorted vegetables etc. Even in this recipe instead of roasting beetroot only with salt and pepper, toss with the balsamic vinaigrette and bake it. My beetroot hating husband also was impressed after having a bite.
You need just 4 ingredients
- Good quality Balsamic Vinegar
- Honey / Sugar
- Olive oil
- Salt & Pepper
This dressing is all about balance. So adjust the seasoning and add more honey or salt if required.
PREPPING INSTRUCTIONS FOR ARUGULA SALAD
Prepare the ingredients ahead and assemble it in a jiffy during dinner time. You can easily double the quantity and serve this salad to a crowd.
- Clean and peel the beetroot first. Many dread of cutting beetroot because of red stains on hand. Though the red colour can be washed off easily, use a kitchen glove while cutting beetroot. Beetroot size should be of bite-size.
- You can bake beetroot well ahead of time and let it cool completely before adding to the greens.
- Use packed toasted unsalted walnuts or toast at home and store in an airtight container. If toasting at home let it cool completely before adding to the salad.
- Cleaning greens is something we neglect most of the time. I always make sure to clean my green and put it in a colander to drain as much water as possible.
Perfect for light lunch or dinner when served as it is. This salad can also be served along with the main course like
Roasted Beetroot Arugula Salad
- 2 large beetroots
- 1 sprig Rosemary
- 3 cups baby arugula
- ½ cup toasted walnut
- ⅓ cups Goat Cheese or feta
For Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 2 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 tablespoon Honey
- ¼ cup Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
- For the Balsamic dressing add all the ingredients to a jar, close the lid and shake well to mix everything well.
- Clean, peel and cut beetroot to bite-size pieces.
- Preheat oven to 400°F ( 200 °C).
- Toss beetroot pieces in 2 tablespoons of above dressing. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked tender and is caramelized around the edges.
- Let roasted beetroot cool down a bit.
- In a big salad bowl add baby arugula, roasted beetroot, toasted walnut. Drizzle dressing as per taste and toss well.
- Top with crumbled goat cheese while serving.