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Arugula salad with beets and Gorgonzola cheese

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This is a truly incredible salad combining quite a variety of flavors on one plate: beets, oranges, pecans, Gorgonzola cheese, arugula.  Give it a try!

Aragula salad with balsamic vinegar, beets, pecans, oranges

Arugula salad with beets and gorgonzola cheese, pecans

It’s not at all dominated by beets: all ingredients are well-balanced.  I like to put quite a lot of beets in there, but you can get away with as few as you want. I have it sometimes for lunch, it also makes for a very presentable salad to go with dinner!

Arugula salad with beets and gorgonzola cheese


Arugula salad with beets and Gorgonzola cheese

makes 2 or 3 servings

Prep time: 30 min


  • 1 Small Beet, cooked
  • 3 cups Arugula
  • 1/3 cup Pecans
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Gorgonzola Cheese
  • 5 slices of Orange, Tangerines


  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Agave Nectar

1)  Boil raw beets.

2)  To caramelize pecans:  add butter and sugar to the frying pan on medium-high heat, add pecans.  Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring, to coat the pecans until they caramelize.  Place pecans on foil and let them cool.

Arugula salad with beets and gorgonzola cheese, pecans

3)  To make salad dressing:  Mix vinegar with agave nectar, then add oil, whisking until emulsified.

Aragula salad with balsamic vinegar, beets, pecans, oranges

4)  Cut beet in half and then slice those halves in thin pieces.

5) Cut each slice of orange in half.

6)  Put Arugula leaves on each serving plate, sprinkle with half of the salad dressing.

Arugula salad with beets and gorgonzola cheese, pecans

Throw beet slices, orange slices, and pecan halves, then sprinkle with the rest of the salad dressing (without overdoing it).  Sprinkle some dressing on the plate around the salad for garnish.  Crumble the gorgonzola cheese on top.



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  • Judy | Bebe Love Okazu September 10, 2012, 7:10 am

    This salad is exactly the kind of salad that I love to order but never make at home – shame on me, right? 🙂 I enjoy fresh beets too. I almost bought a bunch at the farmer’s market but now I regret not having done so! Love arugula, and I can practically taste those candied pecans! Gorgeous salad.

    • Julia September 10, 2012, 11:26 am

      Thank you! Your site has a ton of great Japanese Cuisine recipes – would love to try some of them sometime.

  • sippitysup September 10, 2012, 9:04 am

    If I had to eat just one salad the rest of my life, this would be it. GREG

    • Julia September 10, 2012, 11:19 am


  • Lisa September 10, 2012, 2:43 pm

    That salad looks lovely! I will definitely have to try it. I am a big fan of beets as well and the combination with the oranges and pecans looks really delicious.

    • Julia September 10, 2012, 3:50 pm

      Definitely give it a try! You won’t be disappointed. Thanks for stopping by on my blog.

  • A Brown Table September 10, 2012, 6:45 pm

    The beet and orange combination looks refreshing and fun. I will have to try this out soon. It is nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by!

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