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Goat Cheese Asian Pear & Beet Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Goat Cheese Asian Pear & Beet Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

An easy summer salad that is gluten free, done in less than 15 minutes, and filled with beets, pears, pecans, and creamy tangy goat cheese.

So Music….

Yay or Nay when you work?

If yay, do you sing your little heart out in your office or just have it on in the background?

What’s your music weapon of choice? Pandora? Cd? FM Radio?

Goat Cheese Asian Pear & Beet Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette in a serving dish

I ask because I have noticed the past couple of weeks that I work so much better with music on then without it.

I’m more focused on the task at hand, have a fun time when a good song comes on, and find that my attitude is better throughout the day. I like to start off the day with some good worship music and then finish the day with some Pandora with a Sara Barielles Station {love that girl!!}

I do have an officemate during the 10 hours that I work but I just pop my headphones in and sing/hum away!

No shame… ok maybe a little because I’m sure I’m not in tune but whatever! 🙂

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This Salad however truly is a NO SHAME recipe! Healthy to the core! It came about because of mine and my sons recent obsession with beets!

Have you ever had beets before? If not you are so missing out! They are a root vegetable, sweet, juicy, packed with nutrients, and absolutely delicious! They are fairly easy to make, I say fairly because the skin is a little rough to get off after they are cooked and will leave everything they touch with a shade of pink if your not careful.

Collage of a whole pear and sliced beets

But believe me it is soooo worth it once those sweet juicy vegetables touch your mouth. You will fall in love instantly. {if your not into the preparation process you can buy them already cooked and peeled for a short cut, which is what I did hehe}

These sweet beets are complimented by dices of juicy asian pear, nutty crunchy pecans, and creamy goat cheese. Then topped off with a tangy mustardy homemade vinaigrette.

OMG… where has this salad been all my life?

It’s a great vegetarian main course meal option for the week or the perfect side dish to compliment that chicken or fish dish! Hope you enjoy!

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette being poured over Goat Cheese Asian Pear & Beet Salad

Goat Cheese Asian Pear & Beet Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette recipe

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Beet & Asian Pear Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Salad, Vegetarian, Side Dishes
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American


An easy gluten-free summer salad that is filled with beets, pears, pecans, and creamy tangy goat cheese.


  • 10 oz. of spring mix salad
  • 4 large cooked beets, sliced
  • 3 oz. of goat cheese, crumbled
  • 3/4 cup of pecans, chopped
  • 1 large asian pear, diced
  • Honey Mustard Vinaigrette:
  • 2 tablespoons of stone ground mustard
  • 4 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of dry basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of honey
  • salt & pepper


  1. In a large salad bowl add, spring mix, beets, goat cheese, asian pear, and pecans. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine mustard, vinegar, basil, honey, salt & pepper.
  3. Slowly add in olive oil until completely combined.
  4. Serve salad with dressing on the side.

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16 comments on “Goat Cheese Asian Pear & Beet Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette”

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    Don Orwell @ SuperfoodsToday

    Great idea, I never thought to add beets to a green leafy salads. Beets are some sort of winter veggies in my mind. Can I feature this recipe on my blog? I’ll put a link back to your blog.


    1. Beets rock with anything, but especially in salads! 🙂

      You can definitely feature it with a link back on your blog, just please do not include the recipe on your blog as that is my copywrite property. 🙂 Thanks Don!

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    Uh Yum!! Loving this salad, Krista! I have some golden beets hanging out in the kitchen, I may have to sub them in this weekend and make this salad! It obviously won’t be as pretty though. 😉 Love it! Pinned!

    1. Oh… golden beets would be just as good. So glad you liked this Justine, thanks for the pin girl! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    Shashi @ runninsrilankan

    I am a huge fan of music playing while I work too – otherwise I have a tendency to snooze! yikes!
    Though knowing this salad was my lunch might keep me all perky! Love this combo of pairs and beets with that honey mustard and basil vinaigrette!!

    1. haha.. totally agree! It keeps me awake too, especially around the 1-2pm hours. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the salad girl, hope you get a chance to try it!

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    Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Now I’m hungry for beets. Love the honey mustard vinaigrette. Great pairing!
    Have a great day Krista!

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    Emily @ Zen & Spice

    I LOVE beets. Although, I only ever eat them out of a can 😛 I’ve never roasted fresh beets for the fear of staining everything in my kitchen. This recipe looks great, goat cheese goes good on anything!

    1. haha.. I was afraid of the same thing Emily I tried it and I didn’t stain anything except my hands for the rest of the day. It was just alot of work to get those skins off. 🙂 In our grocery store you can buy them in the produce section and they are a little fresher than canned. But hey, whatever floats your boat… as love as you can get them your in good shape. Hope you get a chance to try the salad girlie! 🙂 Have a great rest of your Wednesday!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    I do not have music on too much during the day. Pretty much just when I am in the car. But with four kids in the house, when I am alone I kind of like the silence! This salad looks wonderful!

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    This salad…..omg. Can you say GORGEOUS?! Seriously, there’s nothing in this salad that I don’t love! Goat cheese, pears, beets, that honey-mustard vinaigrette….all my favs in a salad! Your photos are stunning, Krista. Pinned! 🙂

    1. YEAHHHH!!!! So glad you liked it Sarah, beets are always one of those things you either love or hate. {in my opinion only crazy ppl hate them} hehe Thanks on the photo props too girl and the pin! 🙂