Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets

I talk about digestion a lot I’d say, primarily because it is at the root of so much of our health. Often times clients come to me for completely different reasons, but when we look at all of the symptoms, their digestion is a bit off too.

One of the ways you can stimulate your digestion is through bitter foods.  They signal the body to produce digestive enzymes, bile and stomach acid, all necessary (and often deficient) for proper digestion.

According to the 2011 issue of the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition,  ‘Bitter compounds in some plants also improve normal rhythmic contractions of the digestive tract, delay stomach emptying and improve satiation’. Sounds good to me!

This salad is a great digestive stimulating recipe, and the cinnamon adds an awesome flavour to it, not to mention helps to balance your blood sugar.

Prep Time:

10 mins

Cook Time:

40 mins

Total Time:

50 mins




  • 1 small package of arugula
  • 1 large beet or 2 small, roasted
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • Sprinkling of goat's cheese
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 TBSP dijon mustard
  • Generous sprinkling of cinnamon


  1. For the beet, roast in oven at 400F for about 40 minutes, or until you can easily stick a knife through it
  2. Mix dressing ingredients and set aside
  3. Add arugula, beet, walnuts & goat cheese to bowl
  4. Note: I recommend only dressing what part of the salad you're going to eat that day.

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