Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thursday Kitchen Cupboard... Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

I've been eating a lot of salads lately.  I'm not complaining, I really love salads, but sometimes I get in a salad rut.  Today's recipe is my attempt to avoid a salad rut.  The recipe comes from the food network:

Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons shallots, thinly sliced (I used onion)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 medium beets, cooked and quartered
  • 6 cups fresh arugula (I used a mix of lettuces)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries 
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • 3 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, coarsely crumbled
Line a baking sheet with foil. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Whisk the vinegar, shallots, and honey in a medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with salt and pepper. Toss the beets in a small bowl with enough dressing to coat. Place the beets on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the beets are slightly caramelized, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Set aside and cool.

Toss the arugula, walnuts, and cranberries in a large bowl with enough vinaigrette to coat. Season the salad, to taste, with salt and pepper. Add beets and sprinkle with the avocado and goat cheese and serve.

No salad rut here!  If you want to peak into other kitchens and see what others are cooking, head over to Thursday’s Kitchen Cupboard at the Gardener of Eden.


  1. Yum, yum, yum. I love anything with goat cheese. Belle will love using a new beets recipe.

  2. That sounds like a great combination. I often have beetroot with feta - I think it works well with that sort of cheese. I like the idea of having walnuts in there as well, will have to try it.

  3. That looks so delicious. Sadly I hate arugula and hate beets. Too bad. I have a local restaurant that makes the best beet salad. I so wish they had used something besides beets for it. lol