Beet & Pear Salad with Goat’s Cheese
Made with love … and a migraine

Before I tell you about the Beet with Goat’s Cheese salad, I have a warning.

I have what can best be described as a blinding migraine at this very moment.  A gut wrenching, eye watering, sleep depriving migraine.  So there will be no “funny” in this post.  None at all.

Hey!  Did you hear the one about the … oh nevermind.  I just can’t do it.

I cannot conjure funny when I have to hold my head at a precise angle, whilst shoving my thumb into the base of my skull and using the other hand to smash an ice pack over my right eyebrow.  I am currently typing with my nose.  Which is considerably easier than typing with fake fingernails on.

Did I mention I also have my period?

‘Cause “God” is funny like that.  A real jokester.

Hey I have a GREAT idea!  Let’s give women MENSTRUAL CYCLES!  Every month they’ll bleed and bleed from their lady parts.   Oh, what a hoot.  And, AND … let’s make them prone to vomit inducing headaches at the exact same time!  Maybe throw in a bit of the squiggly poops. Har, har, har … oh jeez … wait’ll I tell the boys about this one.  They’ll get a real kick out of it down at the  white robe with rope belt store”

So here you have it … a salad … that even a menstrual migraine couldn’t stop me from making.

Beet & Pear Salad with Goat’s Cheese Salad

Gather your ingredients:


1 Pear

Goat's Cheese


Dijon Mustard

Red Wine Vinegar

Avocado Oil

Orange Juice


Salt & Pepper

Wrap beets in a few layers of tinfoil.

Beets in tinfoil

Cook beets in oven preheated at 425° F for 45 minutes to 1 hr.  Check for doneness by piercing with tip of knife or fork.  Should easily yield.

Close tinfoil packet up tightly

Mix together ingredients for Dressing:

1/4 cup Orange Juice (fresh is best)

1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

1 Tbsp Avocado Oil (can use Olive Oil)

2 tsps. Dijon Mustard

1 tsp. Raw Sugar (can use 1/2 tsp. regular sugar)

It’ll look like this:

Beet Salad Dressing

Remove beets from oven.

cooked beets

Let beets cool slightly, then remove the skin by rubbing it off with a paper towel.

Slice beets in circles, or quarter them.  Circles are a little more artistic, quartering them will give the salad a more rustic look.  Whatever your little heart desires.  Refrigerate the beets until cool.  I usually cook the beets and make my dressing the day before I have this salad, so on the day of eating it, it’s only a matter of assembling it all.

Ow!!!! (refer to 1st. paragraph)

Peel your pear and slice it up too. (this can only be done right before assembling the salad otherwise the pears go brown)

Arrange beets and pears on plate, crumble goat’s cheese over top and sprinkle with pecans.  Drizzle with dressing.

Feel free to fiddle around with this recipe.  I tend to like the dressing a little sweeter so sometimes I add more sugar.  Or you don’t have to add any sugar at all. At this point I don’t care whether my brain bleeds out of my ear, so I’m really not all that concerned with the amount of sugar you put in your salad dressing. Although, I do think you should put a little in. (insert overused yet indispensable “smiley” face emoticon here)



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  1. Anna says:

    Making this now so I can eat it for lunch tomorrow. I think this is the first recipe I’ve ever made that includes the term ‘squiggly poops’ in the same blog post.

  2. Laurie says:

    Made this for dinner tonight! It was a hit – thanks!

  3. Sooz says:

    That sounds like an awesome salad. I will try it since goat cheese is one of my food groups. I will tell you that as bad as periods are I sure as hell hope your menopause is easier than mine. I lost my mind, my hot flashes are power surges that could run small countries and I lost my mind. I know – al said that already – but it’s on so many levels it’s not funny. At all. I used to get migraines when I lived near the equator and they were usually weather related – but also, potassium helped – like orange juice or a banana… cheers! Sooz

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Soos! I’ll give the banana/orange juice a shot. My $25 each pills usually do the trick but not always. – karen!

  4. Alison says:

    Made it tonight and my guy was super impressed!!

    • Karen says:

      Excellent! It seems like restaurant quality, but it’s really easy. Which as far as I’m concerned … makes a perfect recipe, LOL. Glad you both liked it. ~ karen

  5. Donna says:

    Thanks, Karen! Any chance canned beets would work?

    • Karen says:

      Donna – If it were me, I’d roast them. It’s really easy and the skins come off them like a breeze. However, I’m not sure there’s any reason canned beets wouldn’t work! ~ karen

  6. Donna says:

    I have a headache so I probably missed it but how many does this serve? A friend asked me to make it for our supper club this weekend.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Donna – No, you didn’t miss anything. I never said how many it served. As a general rule, if you’re making it for a gathering count on 4 small beets and 1 pear to serve 4 people a small serving. So for 12 guests, you’d need 12 beets and 3 or 4 pears. ~ karen

  7. Rena Pelletier says:

    very excited to try this recipe, my beets are roasting as we speak. I think I’ll put the whole thing on top of greens for a main course.
    As for migraines, I live in Calgary Alberta where we get Chinook winds….these cause many people to suffere, something to do with the very sudden change in air pressure. It’s warm as summer today, January 4th….as for migraines, I have yet to find medication that works, so I opt for heating pad/hot water bottle on neck, alternating with ice bag/frozen grain bags – in a dark room, of course.

  8. Humble Momma Pie says:

    This sounds very yummy. I think that poaching the pears might add a certain something. It also would address the browning issue… Incidentally, I tried to PIN this on Pinterest and wasn’t able to. Thanks for your site – LOVE it!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for trying to Pin Humble Momma Pie. I have no idea why it wouldn’t! Others have pinned different posts here … weird. :( I love when my things get pinned! Thanks again. ~ karen

  9. tara hollander says:

    I just finished migraine 7 days. I do same thing as you. Pushing thumb into skull. This salad sounds so good I cant wait to try it.question I bought beets a few weeks ago and they are soft…not real soft but soft. Will they be ok?

    • Karen says:

      Tara – Yes, the beets will be fine if they’re just soft and not mouldy! (same as a potato is fine if it’s soft as long as it’s not green and growing great big eyes). ~ karen!

  10. Donna Decloux says:


    Yesterday I wandered out into my garden and harvested a big bunch of beets and thought now what the heck am I supposed to do with them. I remembered seeing this recipe and thought I’d give it a whirl. My husband it not much of a “try something new” guy (I know boring) but he absolutely loved it!! Thanks for an awesome recipe. I served mine on a bed of fresh picked lettuce…mmmmmmmmmmmmm…Any idea what to do with all of the eggplant now lol (kidding) I love your site :)

    • Karen says:

      Donna – I’m glad the recipe worked out for you! If you’re looking for something a tad quicker and easier but basically the same, just roast the beets, crumble goat cheese on top and drizzle with a honey/balsamic dressing (just a balsamic vinaigrette with a bit of honey added to sweeten it) . Very good! ~ karen

  11. Nichola says:

    I made this recipe today and it was fabulous! Thanks for the recipe :)

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for letting me know Nichola! I’m glad to hear it worked out for you! AND I’m glad you reminded me about it! Time to make it again. ;) ~ karen

  12. Christine says:

    Hi — ironically, I found your site by doing a search for “do beets cause migraines?”. Bad news, they are high in natural nitrates and can be a migraine trigger. :-( Thought you should know….

    • Karen says:

      Eek! Thanks Christine! I don’t eat a ton of them but I’ll be sure to avoid them during … um … that certain time I seem to always get a migraine. O.K. …. it’s my period. It’s when I have my period that I get migraines. There. I said it. ~ karen

  13. Whitney says:

    I am absolutely addicted to pickled beets… I just bought fresh uncooked beats for the first time and was planning on looking up a recipe for them. Now I don’t have to! This will be my intro to beat dishes from scratch. The only thing about this recipe that I will definitely not incorporate into my own meal is the dijon mustard… I cannot stand dijon. I’m hoping that regular mustard will work as a good substitute. Looking forward to making this tomorrow! Thanks!

  14. Kate S says:

    I bought some beets out in Picton on my way back from the cottage just so I could try this! I love beets but never know what to do with them, thanks for a great blog, love your sense of humour.

  15. kasia says:

    Not sure if this would be a fit for you, at this time in your life, but there’s a procedure called endometrial ablation — no more periods. Ever. (Of course, no kids either.) I just wish Id been told about this much much earlier in my life! They use radio frequency waves to essentially “fry” the lining of the uterus. Procedure takes 12 minutes (yes, it hurts though).

    Good luck with the migraine. The procedure doesn’t stop any hormones though, so might not help with those…

  16. Bridget says:

    Looks delish. I’ve taken to “roasting” beets in the microwave per Barbara Kafka’s guidance in Vegetable Love.

  17. Monica says:

    Migraines blow! Im a long time sufferer, from age 8. I take a daily preventative med called Propranolol, since I get them almost everyday. Anyway if that doesn’t work then Relpax is the go to. Otherwise just need to hide under the blanket and cry yourself to sleep.
    Feel good!

    -Will try this salad over the weekend

    • Karen says:

      HI Monica! Thanks. I’m trying to avoid the preventative medication (dunno why … just ’cause) but I may have to go that route. Another few months of Active Release Therapy and if it doesn’t help … HELLoooooooo Propranolol! ~ karen

  18. Elisa says:

    Ughh I have that weekly thing going on too, which just sucks…along with all the joyous things that go along with it.

    Love the salad, always looking for different salads to do!
    Well done to do this even though you are feeling like cack!

  19. Kate says:

    Ack, Migraines. An icepick through the temple would be preferable. Try Zomig if Axert ever fails you.

  20. sera says:

    oh Karen, this looks delicious!!! I’ve never tried avocado oil before. And I second that you need a little sugar, it takes the bite out of the vinegar, so the focus is on the flavor.
    I’m so sorry about your migraine. Yeah, make sure you get at least 1200 milligrams of Calcium daily, that helps and if you get migraines regularly, you might try cutting out wheat for a while.
    although sometimes the migraine culprit is chocolate (eek!)

  21. cyd colvig says:

    Strangely enough I just had a pizza like this (minus the dressing)and it was delicious – thin crust and done on the barbeque. Like a main course and dessert all in one.
    Thankfully I’ve reached the age where the periods have ceased – and no horrible freaky menopause symptoms (all that hype and worrying and flipping out for nothing).My fashion sense hasn’t even gone out the window.
    Feel better.

  22. Phyllis says:

    Oh how I feel your pain. I used to get migraines for days until I found out that I had Celiac disease (gluten intolerance). A simple blood test by my family practice doc was all it took after seeing a migraine specialist for years. Go figure. The salad looks AWESOME and I can’t wait to try it. Kudos to you for being able to cook and blog in such a state. I hope you feel better soon.

    I too had to sleep sitting up when I had migraines. Couldn’t lie down. Strangely a recliner chair serves as a great alternative bedding option. Who knew?

  23. C. A. Kobu says:

    I hope you’re doing much better now!
    Try some lavender oil if the migraine doesn’t go away. Rub it on your temples and the spot right between your eyes. Or just inhale its scent. It works miracles.

    As I scrolled down the page I immediately started drooling. It looks absolutely yummy! I love beets, but I’ve always cooked and served them only with a dressing made of red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar), very little extra virgin olive oil, a tiny bit of crushed fresh garlic, and salt and pepper. I’ll give your recipe a try asap! Thanks :)

  24. Pam'a says:

    Hang in there, gals. A day will come when mother nature (or in my case, a surgeon) will make all that period business go away…

    Er, oh. The salad. It looks delish! But now I’m getting a complex. You apparently cook more, and better, with a migraine than I do feeling just fine. I think with a migraine, I’d be waving a sawed-off shotgun at people and ordering them to cook FOR me.

  25. Fleur says:

    Had migraines for donkey years whenever I had my period but … they disappeared miraculously when I lowered my carb intake. No kidding! I’ve been migraine free for 5 years now. Not sure whether yours are bad enough for you to give up all those wonderful carby foods though. :-)

  26. Shannon says:

    poor Karen! :( I am so glad I don’t get migranes, I am however blessed with ungodly demon cramps that render me a monthly pale, sweating, quivering & occasionally unconcious mess.

    I love roasted beets with a nice tangy vinigarette so this looks like heaven.

    Feel better <3

    • Karen says:

      OMG. My headache was 90% gone until I read your comment about “demon cramps”. That sent me into a fit of laughter that brought my headache back! Worth it though. I’m sure it’ll leave again soon.

  27. Amy says:

    Yum! Try it with arugula for a base, if you want some greenery with the meal!

  28. Jenna says:

    I cook when I have migraines too. I also agree that the monthly bleeding thing is an example of very poor design.

    Here’s what I made last time…

  29. Langela says:

    Hmmmm. Don’t know about this one.

    Really sorry to hear about your migraine. Hope you feel better very soon!

    • Karen says:

      No, no. It’s delicious. Trust me. Unless you don’t like beets. Or pears. Or um … goat’s cheese. Or pecans. O.K. I guess there are a select few that wouldn’t like this salad. But honestly, it’s delicious!

  30. Shauna Wobeser says:

    Screw it….drink Margaritas till you pass out…it’s my only advice. And hope the hangover headache is nicer than the migraine…this could back fire and your head could explode though. As to the salad….I will have to try this, not a fan of pears but I will give it a try. Is it just a plain soft goat cheese? My neighbours make sheep cheese so I might have to substitute. Good luck with the headache!

  31. Sandra Neights says:

    i know your pain! i get hormonal migraines as well…awful, awful awful. I take Fiorinal w/Codeine, go straight to bed in the dark and this helps.

    hope you get better soon, take care.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Sandra! My mom used to take Fiorinal. I take Axert. And the problem with my migraines is … I can’t lie down. I have to sleep sitting up, which … um … isn’t all that restful. Makes me the teesniest bit cranky. :)

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