Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

harry udell

People sometimes get intimidated when they see a beet.  But Beets are very healthy and have a lot nutritional value including high in vitamin B, nitrates, fiber and has protein as well.  They are also very easy to cook.  You coat them with about a 1/2 teaspoon of oil, season with salt and pepper then wrap with aluminum foil and place in a 375 degree oven for about an hour, or until they are tender. (time in the oven depends on the size of the beets)

After the beets are cooked and cooled, take a rag and peel the skins off.  They will come right off, you can use your hands, but i recommend wearing gloves, because they can stain your hands, clothes, cutting boards or counter tops.  So be careful when working with cooked beets.  After they are peeled, you can store them, covered in your refrigerator up to a week.  

Now lets get to the dressing.  Add equals parts oil to vinegar when you are making a salad dressing.  In this recipe i used white balsamic vinegar as my acid and mixed vegetable oil and olive oil together so that it is not too bitter from the extra virgin olive oil.  I whisked a half cup of each together in a bowl, then added salt, pepper, a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of dijon mustard.  Combine all the ingredients and whisk till all ingredients are equally incorporated.  

Now that your dressing is made and your beets are cooked, lets get to assembling the dish.  Slice your beets and goat cheese to equal thicknesses.  Toss your beets with the homemade vinaigrette, then lattice the creamy goat cheese and beautiful beets on your dish.  Garnish with a little lime zest and some pickled onions for a nice twang and crunch. 

If you like this dish please comment and let us know your thoughts.  Have fun cooking and remember anyone can cook delicious food! 

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