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Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad

This salad is perfect in late summer, when blackberries are dripping off the vine. Pistachios, chèvre and honey-mustard vinaigrette pair perfectly with peppery arugula and sweet vine-ripe fruit.


Arugula salad topped with blackberries, chevre, pistachios and a honey mustard salad dressing.

Arugula, Blackberries, Goat Cheese...I’m In Love.

What’s not to love about summer berry season? We can’t get enough blackberries, raspberries and blueberries this time of year. Welove eating them sun-warmed and plucked straight from the vine, but we're always looking for more ways to enjoy them when they’re ripe and perfectly in season. Enter in this arugula goat cheese salad. It's become an absolute staple around here, paired here with our all-time favorite honey-mustard vinaigrette, made with stone ground mustard.

Arugula, blackberry, chèvre salad with honey mustard vinaigrette and pistachios on a plate

What Is In This Blackberry Salad?

Arugula salad recipes have a special place in our hearts—there's just something extraordinary about arugula's peppery punch!

Our blackberry salad pairs this sharp, peppery green with:

  • Blackberries! So juicy and plump in mid-summer.
  • Chèvre! Also known as fresh goat cheese, and the perfect summer cheese IMHO.
  • Pistachios! They have a rich and distinct taste, and offer a lovely bit of crunch.
  • Honey mustard vinaigrette! Drizzle generously and enjoy!

How do You Make Arugula Salad?

This goat cheese salad with arugula comes together in a jiffy. Start to finish, it’s ready in less time than it takes to throw some chicken on the grill. Smoky grilled chicken and a gorgeous blackberry arugula salad—doesn’t that sound like a match made in heaven on a warm summer night? Here’s how to get this arugula salad on your table—like, now!

  1. Grab a jar with a tight-fitting lid and add all the ingredients for the honey mustard vinaigrette recipe. Feel free to use dijon mustard, if that’s what you have on hand, but we do prefer this vinaigrette with stone ground mustard if you’ve got it.
  2. Toss your arugula, chèvre, blackberries and pistachios into a nice big bowl.
  3. Drizzle with dressing, toss and enjoy! All of your summeriest blackberry salad dreams just came true.
close up of arugula salad topped with goat cheese, blackberries and pistachios and a honey mustard salad dressing.

Is All Goat Cheese Chèvre?

The short answer to this question is no, although chèvre cheese is always made from goat’s milk. Confused much? Let me explain!

Chèvre translates to “goat” in the French language. Chèvre cheese is a pillowy, soft and fresh cheese that has a milky, mildly tangy flavor. Just like with cow’s milk, many different types of cheese can be made with goat’s milk! From goat gouda to goat’s milk brie, or even our personal favorites, creamy Humboldt Fog and Drunken Goat.

We hope you understand now when we say that all chèvre cheese is made with goat’s milk, but it is not the only cheese that can be made with it! We love goat cheese and it’s slightly tart flavor, especially in the summer months. What are your favorite goat cheeses?

a bite of Blackberry chèvre Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing on a fork

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette FTW!!

Coming together in just a few minutes, and delicious on all the SUMMER SALADS, this sweet homemade salad dressing is our summer salad go-to! Our favorite way to use it—second only to this blackberry salad—is poured generously over our baked salmon with grapefruit salad. We suggest whipping up a double batch of this stone ground mustard-laden liquid gold—you’re gonna need it!

Tools You’ll Need To Make This Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad.

Arugula salad topped with blackberries, goat cheese, pistachios and honey mustard salad dressing on a plate

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So, You Found the Perfect Arugula Salad?

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Blackberry Chèvre Salad

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  0 min
  • Calories: 429


  • 5 ounces arugula
  • 3-4 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 cups ripe blackberries
  • ¼ cup salted pistachios, shelled
  • Honey Mustard Dressing


  1. In a large bowl or on a large platter, toss the arugula, goat cheese, blackberries and pistachios with the honey mustard dressing, and serve.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories429
  • Protein7 g
  • Carbohydrates22 g
  • Total Fat34 g
  • Dietary Fiber5 g
  • Cholesterol22 mg
  • sodium485 mg
  • Total Sugars14 g

Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad

Questions & Reviews

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  • Debbie

    Nut allergy what would you recommend to replace pistachio nuts

    Pepitas could replace the crunchy texture. Hope you enjoy Debbie!

  • Melissa

    Added some chicken to this to make it a meal and it was delicious! I've never had blackberries in a salad before so this was such a yummy surprise. Highly recommend the dressing too!

    Thanks Melissa, we are so glad you loved it!

  • Madison

    Loved this recipe! Made it for lunch with chimmichurri steak and everyone loved it!

    Yummmm what a delicious lunch! So happy you enjoyed it. Thanks Madison.

  • Rebecca

    A summer favorite!

    Thanks Rebecca!

  • Teresa

    This was the best salad I've made in a very long time!
    Everyone I've served it to absolutely loves it and has never had anything like it before. Please make the dressing also, you won't regret it!

    Thanks Teresa, we are so happy you enjoyed it!

  • Jenn

    This salad was so incredible. Don't skip making the dressing, make it, you'll love it! Thanks for this recipe!

    Thank you, we are glad you loved it!