Golden Beet Arugula Salad with Key Lime Champagne Vinaigrette


I promised a salad recipe this week because even though I like to think I could live on cookies, cakes, breads and even apple strudel…the truth is I do have cravings for what I like to call ‘real food’ like soups and salads.  I like eggs and cheese too.  One of my favorite easy to make comfort foods for dinner is an omelet with fresh herbs and a light sprinkling of cheese.  Oh.. and maybe a side of toast made from homemade bread slathered with butter and homemade preserves.  I do have a fun cookie recipe for you-to be revealed later this week-made using Halloween candy from my giant Costco stash (I refuse to run out of Halloween candy this time!).  After the rain storm that blew through here this morning with it’s lingering grey clouds, my golden beet salad looks like sunshine on a plate.  The earthy flavor of the sliced beets are brightened by the key lime champagne vinaigrette and my salad, which would be good served for lunch or as a starter course for dinner, has been made heartier by the addition of quinoa and pistachio nuts.It’s time for lunch and I think I have a few slices of golden beets in the fridge.  I’ll have to check on my arugula patch in the garden- it might have been washed away in the rain storm that came through late last night and early this morning.  I know because I had to drive in the storm this morning to bring my husband to the Dentist’s office for dental surgery, he’s doing fine and resting right now.  I think he’s having applesauce or mashed potatoes when he wakes up, poor guy!

Golden Beet Arugula Salad with Key Lime Champagne Vinaigrette

Yield: 4-6


  • 4 large golden beets
  • 4 cups arugula, rinsed and dried
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa, I used rainbow quinoa
  • 4 mini cucumbers
  • 1 medium fennel bulb
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachio nuts
  • For the Dressing
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons Key lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Key lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons champagne vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Trim the beets and place in steamer basket. Steam beets for about 25 minutes, until tender when pierced by the tip of a knife.
  2. Remove beets from heat and let rest until cool enough to handle.
  3. Peel beets, slice thinly and set aside.
  4. Slice the mini cucumbers, which don't need to be peeled, into thin rounds.
  5. Trim and slice the fennel bulb as thinly as possible.
  6. Break some of the pistachio nuts in half.
  7. Make the Dressing
  8. Place the thinly sliced shallot into a small bowl, stir in the Key lime juice, zest and champagne vinegar, this can be made ahead of time to allow the flavors to develop.
  9. Whisk in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper before dressing the salads.
  10. Make 4-6 Individual Salads
  11. On each plate layer on the fennel, cucumbers, quinoa, arugula, beets and pistachio nuts, divide the vinaigrette and drizzle over salads before serving.

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  1. I refuse to buy Halloween candy yet, cause someone we both know has a problem keeping herself away from it. I would much rather gorge myself on this salad and some un-named someone wouldn’t feel so guilty afterwards. Thanks again for coming out and hanging with me, had a great time.

  2. What a gorgeous salad, Patty! Picture perfect! I love the golden beets, I’ll have to check out the markets for them around here. …and I agree, after making so many sweets, I crave “real” food too!

  3. I really, really want to come to your house for dinner, Patty! Do you have any openings? This salad looks amazing, the colors, the presentation, the flavors, everything!

  4. We all need a respite from sweets now and then. :D Golden beets are completely new to me but they look absolutely brilliant in this salad!

  5. I love a fresh salad, this is so beautiful with the golden beets and your vinaigrette sounds wonderful!

  6. Patty – this salad has alot of my favorite things! I knew you liked healthy things – LOL. Lovely photos and I can’t wait to try your dressing!!! Nicely done!

  7. Everyone needs a good salad now and then. This looks so full of yummy things, you wouldn’t even think you are eating healthy!

  8. Patty this does look like sunshine on a plate. I am inspired by your garden greens so I finally planted some myself :) I have rainbow chard, romaine, and cauliflower in the ground as of a week ago, Yay! I hope to do the same as you and go out and pick my greens when I want a nice salad like this. Great recipe and photos!

  9. golden beet!! how beautiful and fresh is that!! loving the sound of everything in this salad!! this is such a happy looking salad!! :)

  10. For a salad fan like me, this is GORGEOUS and better than a seafood meal!

  11. Your salad looks outrageously delicious! I love, love beets…and thank goodness I never have to share. Made your chocolate cookie bites over the weekend…Bill went nuts for them!

  12. I’m the only one in my house to like beets, so I could make this lovely salad and eat every bite all by myself. Happily, I might add. :)

  13. I love the colour of your salad! It reflects the pretty Fall foliage – oranges, golds, yellows, crimsons…You always make beautiful salads, along with the sweetest baked goods! I like that contrast of the sweetness of the beets and the tender bitterness of the arugula!

  14. That is such a beautiful salad! Golden beets are a favorite of mine along with beet salads. I’m so jealous of your arugula patch. You must live somewhere frost free ;) Hope you husband is doing well!

  15. Your idea of real food is very appealing to me, including this salad. I’ve been on a beet kick lately so all serving ideas are welcome. Love everything about this salad.

  16. Can I be the only one who never saw (until now) nor tried golden beats before? I love your salad and I do crave for them sometimes too especially when I had too much meat. I have a lot of wild arugula growing here and they are just too strong at times, depending on the year, so I mix them with store-bought ones to tone down the taste. I love your salad Patty!

  17. Never had golden beets…also, have not seen them in our supermarket, or the local produce market…just have to be gazing, and gawking,…wishing that I could get some golden beets to make this awesome, healthy and delicious sales!…forgot about Whole Foods, which I’m sure does have it!

  18. Wasn’t that storm something else?! I love golden beets and your salad is just so pretty.

  19. I love beet salad (what a gorgeous golden color!) but this time I’m all over this key lime champagne vinaigrette!! Wow that sounds sooo good and perfect pairing with the golden beets. I am in love with this salad instantly!

  20. Patty, I Iove your salad recipes. Seriously I think you have one of the best collections. This is going on to my list to try. Thanks so much for sharing. Love it:)

  21. Suzanne Prael says:

    This year I planted lots of golden beets and red beets with red-white stripes inside; they look great so far, but not quite ready yet! When they are, one of the first things I’ll be making is this gorgeous salad; it looks so delicious!

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