Local Beets and Greens Salad with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Beet SaladServes 6

You will have leftover vinaigrette—a very good thing have around!

2 bunches beets: beets trimmed, greens stemmed, both thoroughly washed and dried
1 large garlic clove
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 log (3 1/2 ounces) goat cheese, crumbled

Adjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap each beet in foil and place on a small baking pan. Roast until tender 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on beet size. When cool enough to handle, remove foil, peel (beet skins should slip right off), slice, and set aside.

Meanwhile, thinly shred washed and dried beet greens with a chef’s knife. (You should have about 6 heaping cups of greens.) Place in a large bowl.

Make vinaigrette by whisking garlic, vinegar, mustard, and salt and pepper in a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup. Slowly whisk in oil until you reach the 1-cup mark.

When ready to serve salad, add beets, onions, and goat cheese to greens. Add 6 tablespoons of the vinaigrette; toss to coat. Adjust seasonings including additional salt, pepper, or dressing if necessary. Serve immediately.

14 Comments

  1. says

    I don’t incorporate enough beets into salads. Confession: I don’t really eat salads. Maybe I would eat them more if I put beets in them! This salad looks lovely and simple. And I love how you put it on a cake stand! Clever idea.

  2. says

    I love the way the goat cheese looks in this salad. Goat cheese is definitely one of my faves, and I really need to start incorporating it more. I’m thinking I will make Goat Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes. I’m Greek, so here’s to hoping I don’t mess it up too bad! Haha. The recipe is at http://www.recipe4living.com/recipes/goat_cheese_stuffed_tomatoes_2.htm if you have any leftover goat cheese and want to try.

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Sophia

  3. says

    What a lovely salad! I must confess, at the risk of being cast out of the “foodie” community, that I … uhm … don’t like goat cheese. That said, this looks so tasty that I might be tempted to give it another chance.

  4. says

    This sounds great! I think this might be my ‘Sunday Salad’ this week! Thanks for the great idea! It looks absolutely beautiful, and i love pairing beets with goat cheese. Silly me, never thought to use the greens from the beets!!!

  5. says

    I’ve seen so many great beet recipes lately, I’ve got them on my list for the farmer’s market tomorrow. I’ve got a leftover appetizer of goat cheese that was rolled in cherries…thinking that will do just fine! Thanks.

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