Sauerkraut Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese and Berries

by Kaitlynn Fenley

Made with fresh arugula, cucumbers, blackberries, blueberries, goat cheese, pistachios, and honey mustard dressing, this sauerkraut arugula salad is the most delicious and refreshing meal for any warm day.

Sauerkraut Arugula Salad

I know; it sounds like an intense and strange flavor combination. But I swear it’s one of the best salads ever. It’s also fantastic for gut health!

The ingredients in sauerkraut arugula salad are hydrating, full of fiber, and packed with probiotics. Arugula, the main ingredient, contains many B vitamins and more vitamin C than an orange.

The best sauerkraut to use in this recipe is homemade sauerkraut, and I suggest one of these:

You can use store-bought sauerkraut in this salad. Make sure it’s raw and from the refrigerated section for the best gut health benefits.

Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

I love everything about this salad, but this homemade honey mustard dressing ties it together. It’s simple to make too. You only need four ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Once you whisk together the dressing, you can add salt and pepper to taste.

Arugula Sauerkraut Salad with Goat Cheese and Berries

When I first developed this recipe, I thought I would have too many intense flavors in one salad. Arugula is flavorful in its own right. Sauekraut is also full of umami and sour flavors. Goat cheese can be quite earthy and funky, too.

Somehow, someway, these intense flavors pair phenomenally with one another. The berries and cucumbers lighten everything up. Also, the honey mustard dressing adds a bit of sweetness that balances it out.

When Jon and I took one bite of this salad, we decided it would be in the regular summer rotation. I already cannot wait to make it again.

sauerkraut and arugula salad in a white bowl with goat cheese, blackberries, long sliced cucumbers, and pistachios on top. Honey mustard dressing is drizzled over the salad.

Adding Protein to Sauerkraut Arugula Salad

This salad is quite nutritious, but you can add protein for a more balanced meal. It’s delicious with grilled chicken or rotisserie chicken added in.

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sauerkraut and arugula salad in a white bowl with goat cheese, blackberries, long sliced cucumbers, and pistachios on top. Honey mustard dressing is drizzled over the salad.
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Made with fresh arugula, cucumbers, blackberries, blueberries, goat cheese, pistachios, and honey mustard dressing, this sauerkraut arugula salad is the most delicious and refreshing meal for any warm day.

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Salad

Ingredients

Salad

  • 6 cups arugula
  • 3 small cucumbers, sliced
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • 1/4 cup roasted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

Honey Mustard Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and drain the berries, and slice the cucumbers.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients and toss to combine.
  3. In a small separate bowl, whisk together the honey mustard dressing.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
  5. Serve as is, or pair with grilled chicken.

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Kaitlynn Fenley Author, Educator, Food Microbiologist
Kaitlynn is a food microbiologist and fermentation expert teaching people how to ferment foods and drinks at home.

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