Pear and Beet Salad with a Ginger Hemp Dressing


This colorful beet salad features peppery arugula with raw beets, pear, dried cranberries, avocado, Hemp Hearts and a creamy ginger dressing. Recipe created in partnership with Manitoba Harvest. 

Pear and Beet Salad with a Ginger Hemp Dressing

I know everyone is all amped up about holiday treats, but for what it’s worth I’m still over here craving salads. Especially when they’re large and packed full of vibrant seasonal produce.

Pear and Beet Salad with a Ginger Hemp Dressing

Are you with me?

Pear and Beet Salad with a Ginger Hemp Dressing

If so, say hello to this colorful beaut of a salad! It’s packed with nutrient-dense, flavorful toppings — earthy beets, simply peeled and shredded, a ripe and juicy Bosc pear, dried cranberries, creamy avocado and a hefty sprinkle of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts.

The salad itself is great, but the ginger hemp dressing might just be the best part.

Creamy Ginger Hemp Dressing

It’s got a little zip from the lemon and ginger, but not too much, and the Hemp Hearts make it extra creamy.

Manitoba Hemp Heart Salad

After experimenting with several hemp based dressings I’ve officially decided I need to start adding Hemp Hearts to all my homemade salad dressings. Not only do they make the dressing incredibly creamy but Hemp Hearts are loaded with nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin E and protein. Hemp, Hemp Hooray! <— Interestingly enough, I used to have a magnet in college that said that. I wish I knew where it was right now.

Shredded Beet and Pear Salad

Here’s what the salad looks like once it’s been all mixed together. The beets kind of take over and leave everything a lovely shade of pink. So festive.

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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!

Pear and Beet Salad with a Ginger Hemp Dressing

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This colorful salad features peppery arugula with raw beets, pear, dried cranberries, avocado, Hemp Hearts and a creamy ginger dressing.
Servings 4


  • 1 5 oz bag of arugula salad
  • 1 Bosc pear, shredded
  • 1 raw beet, peeled and shredded
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced or chopped
  • 1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
  • a sprinkle of gorgonzola cheese, optional

Ginger Hemp Dressing

  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 Tablespoon tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup


  • Prepare dressing by putting all dressing ingredients into a high powdered blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Prep salad by adding arugula, shredded beet, pear, dried cranberries and avocado to a large bowl. Sprinkle Hemp Hearts over salad. Add dressing to taste, stir to combine and serve. Alternatively, you can plate the salads onto four plates separately by quartering the ingredients. Start with a base of arugula. Add shredded beet, 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 1salad Calories: 359kcal Carbohydrates: 23g Protein: 10g Fat: 27g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 13g


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    1. 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!

    2. 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

    3. Joy
      January 8, 2016 AT 3:09 am

      This was soooo delicious! I would rate this a 10 star. It is one of the best dressings I have had in a long time. The best compliment I could give it, is that my husband loved it. He kept going into the refrigerator to dip his vegetables in it. I did only use a 1/2″ of ginger. Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 8, 2016 AT 11:58 am

        This makes me so happy!! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

    4. Katie @ adultingdaily
      December 18, 2015 AT 9:17 am

      I love how colorful this salad is! Looks delicious! I’ve been wanting to incorporate hemp hearts into my meals, so this definitely helps!

    5. Emilie @ Emilie Eats
      December 17, 2015 AT 11:21 pm

      Mmm I’m loving all the flavors you used! That dressings looks SO creamy. I need to get my hands on some hemp hearts!

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