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Roasted Beets With Goat Cheese Salad

Roasted Beets With Goat Cheese Salad

Hosting a dinner party without delicious and beautiful potluck salad ideas? Absolutely no way! Not only is this healthy and fulfilling, but it also adds a burst of vibrant color to your dinner table. The only mildly tricky feature is to roast the beets well, but once you try, you can ace making this salad within minutes. Remember to use only fresh beets, and chop greens just when needed to ensure the fresh color and crispness. Note that all the ingredients are gluten free, but if you buy packed roasted beet from the store, be sure to read the labels to verify they are gluten free.

The protein content of this salad is attributed towards the nuts and goat cheese. Although walnuts go best because of their slightly salty flavor, almonds and pecans can also add a good crunchy taste. Goat cheese is the prime preference, but if you are short of it, go for homemade cottage cheese cubes. To enhance the flavor, you can also prepare a vinaigrette using dijon mustard and drizzle over the salad.

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Prep and Storage Tips For Roasted Beets With Goat Cheese Salad

  • If you want to prepare for this salad ahead of time, you can roast the beets and refrigerate them. They will last for a good 3 to 4 days.
  • You can also prepare salad dressing ahead of time and refrigerate.
  • If you have to serve it in smaller portions, dress individual portions. Dressing the entire salad and then storing the leftovers might cause discoloration and wilting of beets and greens.
  • Try adding chopped radishes and green onions to this salad. These vegetables add crunch and flavor to the dish and also go well with dijon mustard dressing.

How to make roasted beet and goat cheese salad

Roast the beets..

Roasted Beets cut into pieces for making salad with goat cheese

Although pre roasted beets are available in the market, if you decide to roast the beets by yourself, here is what you need to do. Take around 3 medium sized beets. Wash and clean the beet thoroughly, scrubbing any dirt and peel off the surface. Preheat your oven at 400 degree Fahrenheit and set an oven rack in the central position.

Grab a medium sized sheet of aluminum foil and place beets over it. Coat beets with a bit of olive oil and wrap the foil. Roast the beets in the oven until they are just tender, for around 45 minutes to 1 hour.

After 15 minutes, take them out and poke a few holes in the foil pack to release the steam. Return to the oven and continue baking for 20 to 30 minutes.

 Take them out and check with a knife to see if they are tender. Slice them up in thin wedges.

Layer it up

Take a baking dish and glaze it with a bit of olive oil. Spread the beet wedges equally as the first layer. Toss in any of the roasted nuts you kike, such as walnuts or pecans. Spread the goat cheese on top. Season with salt and pepper, but you can also use oregano.

Roasted Beets baked with goat cheese

Melt the cheese in oven

  • Bake the salad in a preheated oven at 400 degree Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, just enough to melt the cheese. 

Serving

  • Just before serving, chop some beet greens or fresh mint and garnish the salad.

Dijon Mustard Dressing (Optional)

Roasted Beets With Goat Cheese Salad

The vegetable salads go best with the fresh flavors without much dips and dressings, but if you kike, you can prepare a dijon mustard dressing to go with your beet salad.

Here is what you need to do

  • In a medium sized bowl, combine a bit of dijon mustard, vinegar, olive oil, honey and salt. Add pepper as per taste and whisk well until all the ingredients are thoroughly blended
  •  Pour this vinaigrette over your salad after baking, just before serving.

Ingredients

  • 1 – 2 tbsp. almond or walnut oil
  • 8 oz. roasted beet
  • 2 oz. cottage or goat cheese
  • ½ cup roasted and chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sliced beet greens or chopped fresh mint
  • Walnut or almond bread (for serving)

Frequently asked questions

How to make this salad Vegan Friendly?

Skip the goat cheese. This will also make it dairy free, making it suitable for lactose intolerant people. Substitute the goat cheese with any fruit, such as diced avocado. If you are also using the dressing, omit honey and incorporate maple syrup instead.

Should i peel the beets before roasting

No. There is no such requirement to peel the beets. However, if the outside is dirty, you need to wash and clean it thoroughly before coating it with oil. The skin is edible, which thins out and tends to disappear between the baking process.

Which dressing complements this salad well?

Although it is not a compulsion to add dressing to every salad, if you like it this way, then dijon mustard dressing goes well with the mellow flavor of beet. It has the boldness of vinegar and mustard, sweetness of honey and spicy punch of black pepper all complementing the beet and cheese flavors.

Is this salad keto friendly?

Unlike many salads, this one is NOT keto friendly. Beets have high amounts of carbs, so anyone following a keto diet should avoid beets. However, very small quantities of beets can be adjusted in the keto diet, but this will still not make this salad a suitable keto diet option.

Can a diabetic eat roasted beet salad?

Beet is good for diabetics because they do have high sugar content, but also have phytochemicals which regulate insulin levels. They are also rich in fiber which help preventing a quick rise in blood sugar levels.

Roasted Beets With Goat Cheese Salad

Roasted Beets With Goat Cheese Salad

Adalynn Ward
When in the mood of something delicious,healthy and hearty, go for this delicious red salad dish with the goodness ofcheese and nuts.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Servings 2 persons

Ingredients

  • tbsp almond or walnut oil
  • 8 oz roasted beet
  • 2 oz cottage or goat cheese
  • ½ cup roasted and chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sliced beet greens or chopped fresh mint
  • Walnut or almond bread (for serving)

How to Make?
 

  • Roast the beets in oven for minutes at 375 °F or until they are just tender. Slice them in thin slices.
  • Drizzle a bit of walnut oil in a baking dish which is not too deep.
  • Layer the salad starting with the beets. Ensure an even layering.
  • Toss in walnuts and pecans.
  • Layer on top, the goat cheese. Season as per taste.
  • Bake at 400 °F for 15 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh mint or beet greens.
  • Serve with walnut bread.

Nutrition

Serving: 259gCalories: 598kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 11gFat: 52gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 577mgPotassium: 623mgFiber: 4.6gSugar: 18g
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Adalynn Ward
Hello!! My name is Adalynn I love to eat, travel, and eat some more! I am married to the man of my dreams and have a beautiful little girl whose smiles can brighten anyone’s day!