This roasted beet salad with arugula and balsamic vinaigrette is truly an irresistible dish.

Great option for a quick meatless lunch, tasty side dish  or a flavorful canvas for your favorite protein like grilled chicken – you pick it.

Combing salty feta cheese, crunchy toasted pecans, sweet dried cranberries and ruby red beets, fresh arugula and tangy vinaigrette it creates perfect all around balance of flavors.

And did  I mention how colorful and beautiful it is? And very nutritious just like the bold colors of beets and arugula would suggest. The best part is that you can easily substitute some of the ingredients that you might not have on hand without loosing the flavor.

Do not have pecans in your pantry?  Not a big deal use walnuts instead.

Ran out of dried cranberries – raisins or dried cherries will fit in wonderfully in this salad. Not the biggest fan of feta cheese and would prefer a little bit more creamy and tangy texture and flavor? Crumble some goat cheese on top of your salad and enjoy.

This salad is an ultimate way to combine all the seasonal, nutrition dense ingredients.The simple roasting technique will give the beets that great earthy flavor that will satisfy anybody’s palate. It is a true star of this dish.  Toasted pecan nuts will add that extra crunch to every bite. Peppery arugula is fresh and a great compliment to the beets.

The homemade balsamic vinaigrette pairs great with all the ingredients as well and you can whisk it together in no time at all. I like using aged balsamic vinegar for the dressing just to gve the flavor a little more depth, and remember a little goes a long way.

And  most importantly it is absolutely not hard to make despite how fancy it looks and sounds.  This is sure to become one of your favorites!

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