Pear and Beet Salad

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This delicious pear and beet salad combines spinach with cooked beets, fresh pears, dried cranberries, avocado, hemp hearts and a creamy ginger hemp dressing.

Say hello to this colorful beaut of a salad! This pear and beet salad is packed with nutrient-dense, flavorful toppings – earthy beets, juicy pears, dried cranberries, creamy avocado and a hefty sprinkle of hemp hearts.

The salad itself is delicious, but the ginger hemp dressing might just be the star of the show! It’s got a little zip from the lemon and ginger, but not too much and the hemp hearts make it extra creamy.

Serve this beet salad at your next holiday gathering or make the full salad and have it for lunch throughout the week — that’s what I did!

A salad bowl containing pear and beet salad.

Why You’ll Love This Salad

  • The combination of sweet and savory flavors from the pears and beets make for a unique and delicious salad.
  • It’s jam-packed with tons of nutrients thanks to the veggies, beets, pears and hemp hearts!
  • It is a relatively simple and quick recipe to make, especially if you prep your beets ahead of time!
  • Enjoy as a side salad or add some protein for a meal-sized salad.
Ingredients measured out to make Pear and Beet Salad with a Ginger Hemp Dressing: beets, spinach, pears, dried cranberries, maple syrup, lemon, avocado, garlic, ginger, hemp hearts, tamari or coconut aminos, water and olive oil.

Ingredients Needed

  • beets – add a delicious, earthy sweetness to a salad. They are a great way to add color, texture and nutrients to this salad. Beets are a great source of fiber and are packed with folate, potassium, iron and vitamin C. I prefer to boil my beets, but you can also make roasted beets, instant pot beets, or for a shortcut use pre-cooked beets from the grocery store.
  • lemon juice – this is for boiling the beets. The lemon juice helps to prevent the beets from bleeding. You can also use vinegar if you don’t have lemons on hand.
  • spinach – we’re using spinach as the base for this salad, but feel free to use your favorite variety of greens. Spinach is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including iron and calcium and is an excellent source of fiber.
  • pears – adds a sweet flavor and some freshness to this salad! I prefer using either Bosc or Bartlett pears, but any variety will work. Some pear varieties like Bartlett pears change colors when they’re ripe, but many varieties don’t. The easiest way to check if a pear is ripe is to “check the neck” which means pressing on the top of the pear near the stem. If it feels a tiny bit soft and gives a little you’ll know it’s ripe and ready to enjoy. If it feels hard you’ll want to leave it on the counter 1-2 days more to let it ripen.
  • dried cranberries – the slight sweetness and tartness of cranberries help balance all the other flavors of this salad rather well. They are also an excellent source of antioxidants. I prefer to use dried cranberries that are fruit juice sweetened like these Made in Nature Organic Dried Cranberries.
  • hemp hearts – adds a delicious nutty flavor and slight crunch. They are also loaded with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin E and protein. I love the Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts.
  • avocado – adds some creaminess and healthy fats to this salad!
  • gorgonzola cheese – adds a salty, savory taste that pairs nicely with the sweet, earthy flavor of the beets and pears. Feel free to swap it out with a different variety of cheese like feta cheese or goat cheese or you can skip it or use a dairy-free cheese if you need this salad to be dairy-free.
  • ginger hemp dressing – definitely the star of the show here! For this dressing, we’re blending together olive oil, hemp hearts, lemon juice, tamari, ginger, garlic and maple syrup.
Six photos showing the steps to make Pear and Beet Salad with a Ginger Hemp Dressing, cooking the beets, making the dressing in a blender and then tossing the salad.

How to Make

Boil beets: Place the beets in a large saucepan and add water with lemon juice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 45 minutes until tender. The cook time will vary based on how large the beets are. Drain and place the pot under cold running water. Keep rinsing until beets are cool enough to be handled. Peel skin off and cut into chunks. Set aside.

Make dressing: Prepare the dressing by putting all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.

Prepare salad: Add spinach, beet chunks, pear slices and dried cranberries to a large bowl. Sprinkle the hemp seeds over the salad. Drizzle on the dressing to taste and toss to combine. Serve and top with avocado and gorgonzola cheese.

Close up of pear and beet salad.

Customize Your Salad

One of the reasons I love this salad is how customizable it is! Here are some suggestions for variations and substitutions:

  • Switch up the greens – if you don’t have spinach on hand, feel free to use your favorite lettuce or leafy green instead. Arugula or kale would be my second choice.
  • Dairy-free and vegan – simply skip the cheese (or use a vegan option).
  • Different dressing – craving a different dressing? This red wine vinaigrette, creamy balsamic vinaigrette or balsamic dressing would be delicious on this salad! You can also check out all of my salad dressing recipes.
  • Add grains – I love adding grains to salads for some extra volume and nutrients. Toss in cooked quinoa, rice or farro to make this a heartier salad.
  • Add protein – It would be delicious as a meal-sized salad topped with shredded chicken, grilled lemon pepper shrimp, blackened salmon, crispy baked tofu, tempeh, apple cider vinegar chicken or air fryer chicken breast.
  • Switch up the fruit or add more fruit – I think this would be delicious with blackberries or raspberries added! You could also switch the dried cranberries with another fruit like raisins, dates or cherries!
  • Add red onion – want a little added zip?! Add sliced or diced red onion to the salad.
  • Add nuts or seeds – adding more nuts or seeds to this salad will add a boost of nutrition and some extra crunch. Try toasted walnuts, pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. These candied pecans or candied walnuts would also be delicious additions.
A serving of pear and beet salad on a plate with a fork.

How to Serve

This salad makes the perfect side salad or meal-sized salad if topped with protein like this apple cider vinegar chicken, crispy baked tofu or shredded chicken.

If you’re serving this salad as a side dish, here are some dishes that would pair well:

Pear and beet salad in a salad bowl.

More Beet Recipes to Try

Be sure to check out all of the beet recipes as well as the full collection of salad recipes on EBF!

Pear and Beet Salad

5 from 4 votes
This delicious pear and beet salad combines spinach with cooked beets, fresh pears, dried cranberries, avocado, hemp hearts and a creamy ginger hemp dressing.
A salad bowl containing pear and beet salad.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

Salad

  • 1 lb beets, washed and trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1 5 oz container or bag of spinach
  • 2 pears, thinly sliced (I prefer Bosc or Bartlett)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup hemp hearts
  • ½ avocado, sliced or chopped, for topping
  • sprinkle of gorgonzola cheese, for topping

Ginger Hemp Dressing

  • ¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • juice from ½ a lemon, about 1 Tablespoon
  • 2 Tablespoons tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Place the beets in a large saucepan, add water to cover, as well as, the lemon juice or vinegar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. The cook time will vary based on how large the beets are. Drain and place pot under cold running water. Keeping rinsing until beets are cool enough to be handled. Peel skin off the beets, cut into chunks and set aside.
    Beets chopped into even chunks on a cutting board.
  • Prepare dressing by putting all dressing ingredients into a high powdered blender. Blend until smooth.
    Dressing blended in a high powered blender.
  • Prep salad by adding arugula, beet chunks, pear slices and dried cranberries to a large bowl. Sprinkle hemp hearts over salad.
    Pears, beets, spinach, hemp hearts and craisins in a bowl.
  • Add dressing to taste, stir to combine and serve topped with avocado and gorgonzola cheese. Alternatively, you can plate the salads onto four plates separately by quartering the ingredients. Start with a base of spinach. Add beets, pear, dried cranberries and avocado to each plate. Sprinkle on hemp hearts and serve with dressing so each person can dress the salad to taste.
    Adding dressing with a spoon to salad ingredients in a bowl.

Equipment

Notes

  • You may end up with a little dressing leftover if you prefer lightly dressed salads. Leftover dressing will keep in a storage container in the fridge for a 2-3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 recipe Calories: 359kcal Carbohydrates: 23g Protein: 10g Fat: 27g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 13g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pear and beet salad

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    13 comments
    1. Pavle
      January 7, 2023 AT 5:06 am

      5 stars
      It is so good, unbelievable

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 8, 2023 AT 11:40 pm

        Yay! I am so glad you are loving this recipe, Pavle. Thank you for your review + star rating, I appreciate it!

    2. Emirellicompany
      December 20, 2022 AT 11:18 am

      Can this recipe be used to lose weight?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 20, 2022 AT 11:29 am

        If that is your goal, definitely! Salads are always a great healthy option for weight loss and beets, pears and hemp seeds are all very nutritious!

    3. Melanie Cooper
      January 27, 2022 AT 12:28 am

      5 stars
      This recipe looks absolutely amazing. I will have to try hemp hearts next time when I make the salad. But I also love to just drizzle some hemp seed oil over.

    4. Patricia @ Grab a Plate
      September 22, 2016 AT 7:10 pm

      What a gorgeous salad — beautiful colors and flavors! The dressing sounds wonderful, and I think I really need to try hemp hearts!

    5. Heather Kinnaird
      September 22, 2016 AT 10:53 am

      I wish I could say I crave salad, but this one is so pretty that it just may do the trick. LOVE those beets

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