Blackberry Goat Cheese Salad

Arugula salad topped with blackberries, chevre, pistachios and a honey mustard salad dressing.
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This salad is perfect in late summer, when ripe blackberries are dripping off their stems. Pistachios, chèvre and honey-mustard vinaigrette pair perfectly with peppery arugula and sweet vine-ripened fruit.

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

What’s not to love about berry season? I can’t get enough blackberries, raspberries and blueberries this time of year. I love eating them sun-warmed and plucked straight from the vine, but I am always looking for more ways to enjoy them when they’re ripe and perfectly in season.

Enter in this arugula goat cheese salad. It has become an absolute staple, paired here with my all-time favorite honey-mustard vinaigrette, made with stone ground mustard.

Arugula, blackberry, chèvre salad with honey mustard salad dressing and pistachios.

What Is In This Blackberry Salad?

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

Our blackberry salad pairs my favorite 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 This Arugula Salad?

This goat cheese salad 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 chevre, 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 my personal favorites, creamy Humboldt Fog and Drunken Goat.

I hope you understand now when I say that all chevre 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?

Fork holding arugula and blackberries

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! My personal 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

Love Arugula As Much As We Do?

Here are a few more delicious arugula salad recipes you don’t want to miss!

Maple roasted squash salad: A perfect Fall and Winter salad. Bookmark it now so you don’t forget about it!

Watermelon Cucumber Salad: This juicy, summer fruit salad that will knock your socks off. In fact, it’s delicious paired with this honey mustard vinaigrette recipe as well!

Five Onion Tart with Arugula Salad: We love topping this egg-based onion tart with a simple arugula salad as an elegant breakfast or even a light summer dinner.   


When this perfect arugula and goat cheese salad makes it to your table, we want to hear about it! Be sure to post your dish to Instagram and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper. We’re likely to see it, be jealous, and wish you’d have invited us to join you for your feast! There will always be next time! 

Blackberry Chèvre Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients

12 oz arugula
3-4 oz chèvre goat cheese
2 cups blackberries
1/4 cup pistachios, shelled

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

2 tbsp stone ground mustard
2 tbsp honey
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil or extra light tasting olive oil
1/2 small shallot, minced (2 tbsp)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Method

  1. In a small bowl whisk together mustard, honey, vinegar, olive oil, shallot and salt and pepper until fully combined. Alternatively you can emulsify this dressing in a blender or shake in a jar with a tight fitting lid. ** Makes 1 cup
  2. Toss the arugula, goat cheese, blackberries and pistachios with the dressing, and serve.