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Strawberry & Beet Salad with Pears and Arugula

This is a beautiful, naturally gluten-free and dairy-free recipe, full of nutrition and unprocessed ingredients. Oh-and it tastes good too! My little girls thought that fruit in a chicken salad was fun, and even though they don’t love leafy green vegetables yet, they still realize that they like salads.

Here’s to eating well and welcoming the summer. Enjoy this lovely summertime salad!

Strawberry & Beet Salad with Pears and Arugula


  • 4 red and/or yellow beets
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless organic or antibiotic free chicken thighs or breasts or 2 pounds extra-firm organic or non-GMO tofu
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 6 stalks organic celery
  • 2 organic pears
  • 15 organic strawberries
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Plenty of arugula


  1. Wash beets. Peel them with a vegetable peeler. Cut until quarters and place in a saucepan full of water. Bring water to a boil and then simmer until the beets are soft. About 20-30 minutes.
  2. While the beets are cooking, proceed with the rest of the meal preparation.
  3. Drizzle olive oil into a large saute pan over medium heat.
  4. Dice chicken or tofu and add to the saute pan. Toss with oil. Let chicken/tofu cook through, mixing occasionally.
  5. Meanwhile, finely dice the onion and place in a large mixing bowl.
  6. Dice the celery, pears and strawberries and add to the mixing bowl.
  7. Juice the orange into the mixing bowl. Add vinegar and oil. Add more or less oil depending on how much you like and need to coat the vegetables and fruit. Mix onion, celery, pears, strawberries, orange juice, vinegar and oil together.
  8. Once beets are cooked through, let them cool until you are able to handle them. Cut into smaller bite sized pieces.
  9. Add cooked chicken and beets to the mixing bowl. Mix everything thoroughly.
  10. Add arugula. I LOVE arugula and use a ton of it. You can mix arugula, spinach and romaine lettuce if you prefer. You can also serve the salad on top of a pile of greens rather than mixing it all together.

Nutrition Details

Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan

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