Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad comes together in under 10 minutes and is a light summer side dish, great for adding a touch of sweetness to your grilled favorites. Tart, sweet blackberries, tangy goat cheese, crunchy pecans, and fresh arugula all tossed in a homemade honey garlic dressing. Serve this lovely salad at showers and soirees to elevate those summer gatherings!
Serve this salad before a meal of juicy Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Vegetables and a side of our Easy Roasted Cabbage Wedges and Grilled Squash. Or maybe add grilled chicken on top and serve with a side of our savory Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a tall glass of Fresh Honey Lemonade!
Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad
Take advantage of blackberry season (and salad season) with this delicious Blackberry and Goat Cheese Salad. The combination of the sweet and slightly tart blackberries and the creamy, tangy goat cheese is unmatched.
Fresh arugula greens, some walnuts or pecans for crunch, sweet honey, and don’t forget the homemade garlic dressing that completes this easy as can be side dish!
You can easily customize the flavors in the dressing to your tastes depending on if you want your salad to be sweeter or more on the savory side. Make the salad and dressing ahead of time and combine the two when ready to serve to your family or guests.
Ready in under 10 minutes, this salad is great for a light lunch or served as a side dish. Add some Italian Marinated Grilled Chicken to make it a full meal. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s delicious. What more could you want in a fresh summer salad?
How To Make Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad
- Add the olive oil, honey, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper to a large bowl (or jar with a sealable lid) and whisk to combine. Reserve about half of the dressing to serve later.
- Toss with the arugula, blackberries, walnuts or pecans, and goat cheese. Serve immediately with the reserved dressing and enjoy!
Tips and Variations
- If you aren’t serving right away, you can go ahead and combine the salad ingredients and keep in the fridge. Once ready to serve, toss the salad in the dressing.
- You can adjust the ingredients in the salad dressing to your tastes. For a sweeter dressing, add more honey, more savory, add more garlic, etc.
- You can swap the goat cheese for bleu cheese crumbles or feta.
- Blackberries can be swapped for strawberries or cranberries.
- A balsamic vinaigrette or our Red Wine Vinaigrette with Dijon Mustard would pair nicely with this salad as well.
- Pistachios also add some crunch and salty flavor to the mix.
Storage: The salad should be served as soon as it’s tossed in the dressing. However, the dressing can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoon(s) honey
- 1 tablespoon(s) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
- 8 cups arugula
- 1 cup blackberries, fresh
- ¾ cup walnuts, chopped (or pecans)
- ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
For the Dressing
- Add the olive oil, honey, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper to a large bowl and whisk to combine. Reserve about half of the dressing to serve later.½ cup extra virgin olive oil2 tablespoon(s) honey1 tablespoon(s) lemon juice3 garlic cloves½ tsp. kosher salt½ tsp. ground black pepper
For the Salad
- Toss with the arugula, blackberries, walnuts or pecans and goat cheese. Serve immediately with the reserved dressing.8 cups arugula1 cup blackberries¾ cup walnuts½ cup goat cheese
- See post for storage options.