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A salad plate full of arugula beet salad with apples, pecans, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.

Arugula Beet Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Arugula (also known as rocket salad) and beet combined with feta cheese makes this light and refreshing beetroot salad recipe. This sweet, earthy salad uses a simple balsamic vinaigrette as a salad dressing. This colorful salad can easily be made at home.
Course Colorful Salads
Cuisine American
Keyword arugula beet salad, Arugula Beet Salad with balsamic vinaigrette, beet salad, beetroot salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 252kcal


  • 4-5 medium beets
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1 medium apple core and diced
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese

For Balsamic Vinaigrette


Prepare the ingredients :

  • We are using roasted or cooked beets in this salad. I am including detailed instructions separately on how to cook beets in Instant pot, roast them in oven or cook on stove top. Also chop the arugula and apples to make bite size pieces.

Prepare Salad Dressing

  • Add all the ingredients listed for balsamic vinaigrette in a glass bowl or mason jar. Whisk together all the ingredients and make the homemade salad dressing.

Make the Salad :

  • Arrange arugula in a large salad bowl. Add apples, pecans and beets. Sprinkle feta cheese. Pour some vinaigrette over it. Toss everything well. Serve and enjoy !


How to Cook Beets in Instant Pot ?
Add 2 cups water into the steel inner pot, then place a steamer basket or the wire rack into the pot. Place the beets on top of the rack, then secure the lid, close the pressure valve, and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure. After it's done cooking, let the pressure release naturally. Open the lid.
Once the the beets are cool enough to touch, remove them from the pot. The peels should easily slide off. Chop the cooked beets into bite size pieces and use as desired.
How To Roast Beets In Oven?
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the beets in half or smaller for quicker roasting. Place the cut beets on a parchment paper. Toss with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. 
Cover the parchment paper to make a foil pocket. Place it on a baking sheet. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, remove and discard the parchment paper. Use the beets as desired.
How to Cook Beets on the Stove Top?
In a large stock pan, add beets and enough water to cover them completely. Let the pot come to boil on a high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover the pot and let them cook for 20-30 minutes until they are soft and fork tender.
Discard the cooking water once finished cooking. Once it's safe to handle, slid off the skin, cut and use them as desired.
How to Cook beets in an air fryer?
Use small to medium sized beets for air fryer option. Arrange washed and rinsed beets them on single layer on air fryer basket.
Select 400degree Fahrenheit and roast for 12-15 minutes. Check for the doneness. Air frying timing will vary based on the size of the beets. Remove from the air fryer. Remove skin when it's safe to handle. Use the beets as desired.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 219IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 48mg