Beet, Walnut and Goat Cheese Salad

Beet, Walnut and Goat Cheese Salad
Beet, Walnut and Goat Cheese Salad
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium or 3 large beets
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 pound salad greens
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped sweet onion, finely chopped
  • Dash of salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Cut off all but 1 to 2 inches of the beet stems and leave the root on the bottom. This helps retain the flavor and minimizes the amount of color that bleeds out during cooking.
  3. Gently wash the beets, trying not to break the skin. Place beets in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Cover saucepan, and bring water to a boil. Then, reduce heat and simmer until beets are tender. Small beets may cook in as little as 20 minutes
  4. Plunge beets into cold water to cool. Rub the skins off with your hands — it may work best to do this under running water. Wearing clean, kitchen gloves will prevent your hands from becoming stained.
  5. Toast the walnuts in a dry skillet at medium heat for 3 - 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove them immediately when they become fragrant and just begin to darken.
  6. Gently wash salad greens under cool running water. If salad greens are marked "pre-washed" or "ready-to-eat", use without further washing.
  7. Combine the salad greens and the walnuts. Make the salad dressing by combining the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, onion, salt and pepper. Shake in a small jar with a tightly closed lid or mixing with a wire whip until the dressing becomes thick and creamy.
  8. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of the salad dressing. Mix the rest of the dressing with the salad greens and walnuts. In a separate bowl, combine the reserved dressing with the beets.
  9. Arrange the salad greens on 4 to 6 salad plates. Top with the beets. Crumble the goat cheese on top. Serve soon after plating.
Notes: 

Beet salads often command a fairly high price in restaurants. However, they are easy to make and many of the steps can be done earlier in the day such as cooking and refrigerating the beets, toasting the walnuts and preparing the salad dressing.

If you don't care for goat cheese, this salad also tastes great without it or substitute another type of cheese.

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories 280
  • Total Fat 25g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 10mg
  • Sodium 150mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 9g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Total Sugars 5g, includes 0g Added Sugars
  • Protein 7g
  • Vitamin D 0%
  • Calcium 6%
  • Iron 6%
  • Potassium 6%
Nutrition Software Used: 
ESHA Food Processor