Ever have one of those salads in a restaurant that just blows you away? The first time I tasted a roasted beet salad, I was in love. A local brewery near my college had one that I craved and visited often. This recipe for golden beet & goat cheese salad is my version of the beautiful pairing beets & goat cheese make.
Golden Beet & Goat Cheese Salad
- 3 medium multi-colored beets roasted and cubed (see recipe below)
- 1 small red onion peeled and sliced on a mandolin (or very thin)
- 1 large head of lettuce
- 8 oz. goat cheese
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper
- Optional: day-old bread for croutons recipe below
- Roasted beets: If you are roasting your own beets, trim the stem, drizzle with olive oil, wrap in foil, and bake at 400 for 35-55 minutes, depending on the size of the beets. Then allow to cool and peel.
- Croutons: Cut the day-old bread into 1 inch cubes, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sale and pepper (or herbes de Provence) and bake for 15 minutes at 300F.
- Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix with the greens.
- Add the onion, cubed beets, croutons, and goat cheese to the greens. Toss and enjoy!
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Do you peel the beets before or after you roast them for this golden beet & goat cheese salad?
You can peel your beets before or after you roast them. I prefer to peel them after because the peel slides right off.
How do you roast the beets and know they are done cooking?
First, trim the top and bottom of the beets. Next, place them on a sheet of aluminum foil. Then, lightly coat in olive or avocado oil. Finally, wrap the beets in the foil, sealing it like a parcel. Roast at 400F for 35-55 minutes, depending on the size of your beets. You can check them by carefully opening the foil parcel and piercing them with a fork or knife. If it pierces easily, they are ready. You do not want the beets to be mushy, but you want them to be tender.
Do the different colored beets taste different?
Yes! The different colors of beets each have a different taste and sweetness. The golden beets have a more mild and less sweet flavor than the pink & red beets. Feel free to use a combination of different colored beets. However, I prefer to not only use the red beets. I will either use all golden beets or a combination in this golden beet salad.