Beet Salad with Goat Cheese (video)

beet salad with avocado and goat cheese

Every chef and home cook has a recipe for this iconic and delicious salad – balsamic beet salad with goat cheese. This simple and elegant salad is around for a good reason – it’s delicious, refreshing and packed with nutrition! I make my recipe with oven-roasted beets that are baked with olive oil, salt and herbs until tender. I also use a homemade balsamic dressing sweetened with honey. You’ll love the dressing!

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Ingredients for a Beet Salad

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious salad with goat cheese!

  • Oven-Roasted beets! I love to make my own roasted beets for this salad since they’re so easy to make. You can also use store bought, pre-cooked beets!
  • Everything in California revolves around avocados; at least in our kitchen! To add more creaminess and flavor to this beet salad, I love to add some sliced avocado on top, along with the goat cheese.
  • And for a bit of crunchiness, pecan halves. You can also use sweet and crunchy praline pecans for even more delicious flavor!
  • Homemade Balsamic Dressing: this easy dressing is made with balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt and a touch of dried basil!
  • Looking to add a bit of protein to this recipe? I love to add a bit of Italian marinated grilled chicken during the summer. In the fall and winter months, I like to enjoy this salad with herbed lamb chops or some juicy steak! Check out my recipe archives for some ideas!

How to Make Oven-Roasted Beets

I love to make my own roasted beets for this salad since they’re so easy to make. You can also use store bought, pre-cooked beets!

  1. If making your own, first reheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Cut off ends of beets but do not peel. Place onto a square of foil; drizzle top with olive oil, season with salt, pepper and thyme.
  3. Wrap beet in foil and bake in preheated oven until fork tender. Timing depends on how big/small your vegetables are, anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes for extra large beets.
  4. Let the beets cool once they’re cooked, then peel and slice.

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Balsamic Beet Salad with Goat Cheese (video)

10 mins prep + 30 mins cook
2 servings
Quick and easy beet salad with oven-roasted beets, goat cheese, avocado and homemade balsamic dressing!

Ingredients 

For Oven-Roasted Beets:

  • 1-2 large beets
  • olive oil
  • salt, black pepper, fresh thyme sprigs

For Sweet Balsamic Salad Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • pinch of salt

For Salad:

  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 large, ripe avocado
  • oven-roasted beets
  • 8-10 cups baby spinach or baby kale

Instructions

  • For this recipe, you can make your own oven-roasted beets or go with store-bought, pre-cooked beets. If making your own: preheat oven to 375F. Cut off ends of beets but do not peel. Place onto a square of foil; drizzle top with olive oil, season with salt, pepper and thyme. Wrap beet in foil and bake in preheated oven until fork tender. Timing depends on how big/small your vegetables are. Let the beets cool once they're cooked, then peel and slice.
  • For the balsamic dressing: place all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk until well combined.
  • To assemble the salad, spread a generous amount of spinach onto plate. Top with sliced beets, goat cheese, pecan halves, sliced beets and drizzle with prepared salad dressing.
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Nutrition

Calories: 784kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 70g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 43g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 1157mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 11933IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 6mg