I tried this salad in Rehoboth Beach, DE and vowed to duplicate it! It is so addicting with the crunchy sugared walnuts and creamy goat cheese. The vinaigrette is to die for. I don't even care for beets! Great for holiday dinners. A must try!

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In small saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir the walnuts and sugar until walnuts are lightly browned and sugar is caramelized. Thoroughly coat the walnuts with the sugar.

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  • In a blender or food processor, blend the beets with cider vinegar, bouillon granules, garlic powder, sugar, salt, and pepper. Gradually blend in the oil.

  • In a large bowl, toss together the sugar-coated walnuts and spinach. Before serving, drizzle with the blended beat mixture, toss, and sprinkle with goat cheese.

Nutrition Facts

163.4 calories; 4.3 g protein; 6.8 g carbohydrates; 7.5 mg cholesterol; 222.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (46)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2003
THIS WAS WONDERFUL! I SERVED IT TO GUESTS THAT RAVED ABOUT IT. IT DID NOT SAY WHAT TO DO WITH THE BEET JUICE! SO I ADDED A BIT TO THE DRESSING MIXTURE. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/07/2009
UGH.... guess we are not beet fans after all.... the salad was great... the walnuts were excellent but the vinaigrette was NOT what we were wanting.... NOT a keeper in this household. Read More
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53 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2003
THIS WAS WONDERFUL! I SERVED IT TO GUESTS THAT RAVED ABOUT IT. IT DID NOT SAY WHAT TO DO WITH THE BEET JUICE! SO I ADDED A BIT TO THE DRESSING MIXTURE. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2003
This salad is FANTASTIC! I didn't have boullion mix so omitted it. I didn't have the walnuts either so I just added some toasted pine nuts and sunflower seeds and for sweetness added a bit of chopped mango. I'll try it with the walnuts next time but the substitutions were great. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2003
This salad was a bit hit at our Family Reunion. I have also made it with arugula spinach romaine and red leaf lettuce. My family just loves it. THIS SALAD IS A WINNER! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2011
Simply Fantastico! So healthy so tasty. Didn't have baby spinach so blanched regular spinach for 2-3 minutes instead. Also replaced goatcheese with feta. Was quick light and healthy. Thoroughly recommend it to all. Thank you for posting this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2009
Wow! This recipe juxtaposes the strong flavors of beets vinegar and goat cheese with the creamy texture of the goat cheese and the crunch of walnuts and adds the sparkle of the caramelized sugar. It was a treat. I sprayed that walnuts with a cooking spray to help the sugar stick to them. I added a little beet juice to thin the dressing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2008
I gave it 4 stars because my husband and 1 of my 3 kids (all teenagers) didn't love it. But I thought it was wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2006
I had a craving goat cheese and this easy salad did the trick. Served it with a simple steak for dinner. Easy to halve. Didn't change a thing. DELICIOUS!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2008
If I could give this 10 stars I would! It was so delicious even my husband had seconds...and thirds! I especially love the vinaigrette. I used some of the sliced beets on the salad as well. Thanks! I'll be making this again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2011
This was very good and a nice change of pace from some of the regulars we always have. Not to mention very easy to throw together. Who knew the combination of ingredients (chicken bouillon?!? with pickled beets?) in the dressing could result in such a tasty vinaigrette. I made a few changes to the salad part because all I had was feta and blue cheese....hubby had the feta and I had the blue cheese....we liked both! I also didn't caramelize my walnuts---didn't want the added sugar. Again thought the raw walnuts where just as good. However I'm sure the original recipe would even be better with farmers cheese and caramelized walnuts! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/07/2009
UGH.... guess we are not beet fans after all.... the salad was great... the walnuts were excellent but the vinaigrette was NOT what we were wanting.... NOT a keeper in this household. Read More
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