Reviews for Beet Salad with Goat Cheese
I love this salad! It was very easy to make and delicious. I really like the combination of the toasted maple syrup walnuts with the beets and the goat cheese. You only need a little of the dressing because it is strong.
Excellent flavor and texture combination! I added black pepper only because I can't be without it. Thanks for the recipe!
Really great recipe for a basic beet salad. Roasting really brought out the flavor of the beets.
This salad was good, it just seemed to lack something... I made this again but did not use beats at all, I replaced with uncooked pears and it tasted more complete.
I LOVE this salad. I like to make a little extra dressing and marinate some chicken in it to add to the salad for a bit of protein. very good, something I make on a biweekly basis.
I think this is the best salad I've ever eaten. It's also a beautiful presentation.
liked it/didn't love it as much as most of the other folks. I think the orange concentrate in the dressing was perhaps a bit too strong for me.
overall was a very good and tasty recipe. i modified it a little bit by not using the maple syrup and the frozen orange juice (good luck finding one in the uk!) and serving the beet roots warm. i definitely would make it again.
This was a little sweet for my taste and the recipe made too much dressing. Other than that, it was really tasty. I will make again, with the changes mentioned above.
Roasted beets is the way to go.. your photo shows these beets are canned..! Plan to post my photo today made with gold beets.
This was delicious. I didn't make any changes to the recipe, just added grilled chicken that I marinated in the dressing. My husband just about licked his plate. Will definitely make this again.
I will for sure make this again!
Easy, earthy but elegant. The nuts will be nicely candied with less maple syrup. I used white, candy striped, and golden beets, all fresh from my garden. When prepared together they retain their unique colorations (obviously not so if you include red beets). I always steam beets, whether cooking them with their greens or not-- always have, but will perhaps try baking them one day. This is a wonderful salad, light, but satisfying as a stand-alone meal: Phytochemicals/flavonoids/antioxidants, and fiber (greens and beets), proteins (walnuts and goat cheese), vitamins, and minerals (beets). Great for your taste buds, great for the rest of you.
Amazing. Delicately sweet. I used pecans, canned beets, and orange juice because it's what I had on hand. I used 1 ounce of goat cheese per plate. This recipe made way too much dressing. It's great so I'll use it, but I'll make about 1/3 next time. A keeper!
delicious. i substituted pecans for the walnuts because i prefer them. otherwise no changes!
Just wonderful! What a beautiful salad and the blend of flavor and texture is right on. This made a dinner party worthy salad. So easy as well. Thank you for sharing.
I candied the nuts (pecans) in a brown sugar and water reduction, but other than that followed the recipe and really enjoyed the flavors. My three-year old daughter even enjoyed it.
Fairly good, but too much work for something that is only "fairly good". If I make this a next time, I will definitely buy cooked beets, and maybe add some onion as others have suggested. I had high hopes because I love all the ingredients but in the end, it just didn't come together to be a 5-star recipe for me.
This is our new favorite salad, and I make it often. I've used both fresh beets when I had them, and canned beets when I didn't, and both were good. I substitute feta for the goat cheese for my husband, because he won't eat goat cheese, and I use the goat cheese for my own salad. The candied walnuts add a nice taste. This recipe is a keeper.
Outstanding. Great way to use beets!
An excellent salad! The dressing is quite sweet, but is a nice combination of flavors.
I never get tired of eating this!
This could possibly be my favorite salad of all time! I didn't even know I liked beets until I had fresh ones...YUM! I believe I even converted my whole (Southern) family last night to love beets and goat cheese which I didn't know was possible. Additions: chopped strawberries
I really enjoyed this salad, and I am more of a hot food/soup/stew kind of gal. I didn't have orange juice so I made it with fresh tangerines. I cut the amount of oil down to approximately 1 tablespoon and used Feta. I used a few drizzles of all natural uncooked honey. The salad was delicious, and it was great having some fresh cubed beets around the kitchen while to snack on while the rest of dinner was being prepared.
Mmm Good recipe, thanks for sharing it.
I prepared this recipe for the first time exactly by the directions and served it for a winter supper for several guests. It got rave reviews from everyone. Several people remarked on the citrus flavor of the dressing and how it complimented the beets. It's very colorful salad and full of interesting textures. It's definitely a keeper and especially nice for a winter meal.
I made this salad as the first course for a special dinner party I was having, and it was AMAZING. Everyone loved it. I highly recommend it.
if you are a salad lover, try this recipe. very tasty!! the dressing is so good, i make it all the time, and use on just about all my salads!!
I Love this salad!! My hubby's favorite also. I changed walnuts for pecans just because i didn't have walnuts and still amazing!!!! Thank you for posting such a great recipe!
Simple, very good. Cooking the beets might be more trouble than it's worth, next time I'm going to try canned beets. I use other sorts of nuts rather than almonds, and I used honey-roasted nuts and skipped the whole syrup step. Obviously I'm after a very quick and easy version of this... I make a big batch and keep the dressing separate, so I can eat several meals from it during the week.
My fav salad of all time... And I don't even like beets! I RAVE about this salad to my friends and family and encourage them to give it a whirl. Use fresh beats! Similarly to how I feel about the importance of using fresh pumpkin in pumpkin pie, fresh beets make all the difference. If you want to save yourself some time, Trader Joe's has great prices on candied walnuts. I don't bother with making my own. I also prefer to use arugala as I feel it gives a nice texture. And if I have left over arugala, goat cheese and dressing I sub peeled grapefruit for the beets for a super delicious twist on this recipe.
The flavor combination was good, and I loved the idea of using syrup to candy the nuts. We roasted the beets as others suggested, so in the end it was a bit more time consuming than I like for a salad (I could buy canned but won't as we shoot for maximum nutrient value in our food). Next time I'll add the onion as suggested by other reviewers and marinate and chill the beets before serving.
Fabulous! I added chicken to make it a meal and roasted the beets (that's the only way I cook them.) I thought the dressing might overpower the dish, but the flavors blended beautifully.
Excellent, especially if you can use fresh from the garden beets.
Delicious. I whipped up a little balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil dressing. Delicious.
I thought it was perfect!!! yum yum yum. Ok., I added a tiny sprinkle of kosher salt and a smidgen of butter to the walnuts, oh so delicious! The nuts were the stars of the show. When the dressing merges with the goat cheese it's a heavenly creamy transformation. I'm serving this for my salad at Christmas dinner. Thanks for such a delicious and yet simple salad.
I made this salad to bring to a friend's house and everyone love it! I used feta cheese instead of goat cheese and also added some grape tomatoes. Loved it!!!
Simple directions Easy to follow. Guests loved it. Some did not relish Goat Cheese so just left it out in those instances. Would be delighted to serve again as a side dish with my vegetarian lasagne.
This was delicious - I added way more nuts, though, because they're so good! I didn't bother with the plating, either. I just threw it all together in a big bowl. I did find there was way too much dressing as well - I think you could half it and there'd be more than enough.
If you don't have time to make your own dressing a store bought dijon vinaigrette is also delicious with this salad!
This is probably one of my favourite salad recipes on here. The orange dressing alone makes it five stars!
The beets and goat cheese were great. Added some chicken. Wasn't too impressed with the walnuts. I think they would have been better plain. Also will use less olive oil next time in the dressing. Edit - had greens, beets, cheese and dressing left over, so made it again. Subbed plain sunflower seeds for the walnuts, and it was much better. Still think the dressing was a bit too oily.
I make this recipe with only one small change-I candy almonds instead of walnuts due to nut allergy. I cheat and use pre cooked beets that I buy in a large package at Costco. The brand is "Love Beets" and I do! I do!
LOVED this!! I made it 3 nights in a row. On the weekend I ordered this at a popular restaurant, and I must say, this one was better! I added blackberries and dried cranberries. Lovely!!
This is a great salad! I served it to my Canasta group and they loved it! Only change was that I used feta cheese instead of goat cheese. I really loved this recipe because I had never cooked fresh beets before and I loved them. I live in Brazil and you can only buy canned beets here at specialty stores and they are very expensive. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!
Delicious!! I doubled the dressing recipe to use as a marinade. I then added marinated grilled chicken, apple and nectarine to the salad…to add a few more flavors. I also substituted pecans for walnuts; the caramelized nuts make the salad!!
This is really good.
A very tasty salad, a really good combination of flavours and textures. And thanks sharing how to make candied nuts very easily!
I just made this for supper tonight and really enjoyed the exquisite blending of flavours. We made a slight change for my husband who has to watch his sugar. I increased the walnuts to 1/2 cup and decreased the maple syrup to about 1-1/2 Tbsp (I just drizzled it into the pan until it had the right consistency). It was exquisite enough at those quantities that we're planning to make it again tomorrow for lunch! Thanks!
Delicious! I used fresh squeezed orange juice instead of the concentrate for the dressing.
Mmmm, mmmmm. I wasn't sure how I felt about beets but this recipe won me over. A great flavor, very different from your average salad.
A nice and easy recipe! I used canned beets because they are cheaper and already cooked. However, I did warm them on the stove a little. I did not have any maple syrup so I substituted honey for the walnuts. Everything turned out amazing!
I've never eaten a beet I liked yet, but loved them in this recipe.
Absolutely delicious! I made it using organic candy-stripe beets (slightly milder than traditional beets) and fresh spinach leaves and it was a perfect vegetarian main course for two people. I substituted feta for the goat cheese, and used lemon juice in the dressing instead of orange-juice concentrate but followed the rest of the recipe exactly. The candied walnuts were so easy, and a big hit!
Delicious salad, loved all the tastes together. makes a great meatless meal. I microwaved the beets to keep my kitchen cool.
Tasty salad! I cheated and used beets from a can. I also didn't have OJ concentrate so I used pineapple and orange juice. I didn't know how I'd feel about the wet walnuts, but they were good@
a little sweet, but very good. A sound recipe.
use brn sugar instead of maple syrup
This salad is very tasty. My family really loved the dressing. This is a keeper.
This recipe was really good - i did make a couple of changes though. I sub'd feta cheese for the goat cheese b/c i hate goat cheese and i added some yellow onion. Adding the onion really complemented the sweetness of the recipe well. Overall, a very yummy salad and a GREAT use of beets!!
I love the salad and it is so easy! It was a big hit at my party!
I doubled this for a potluck: the night before, I poured 3 cans of unpickled sliced beets over a 1/2" rough chopped small red onion (large enough to pick around), to let the beet juice mellow and color the onion, and prepped double the dressing (emulsified). The next afternoon, I drained the beets and onion, and tossed with dressing, adding toasted pecans instead of walnuts, 12 oz of Feta instead of goat cheese, and one bag of baby spinach. It was a big hit!
Nice summer salad
I loved this recipe, as I was trying to recreate a salad I had in a restaurant. Very close! I will probably cut back on the OJ concentrate next time, but otherwise, it's a winner for me!
Delicious...followed the recipe as it was written.
This salad is simply divine! All the components of the dish marry so well together that this salad is going to stay on my roster for a long time to come. I made the recipe as listed except for I roasted the beets in the oven @450 for 1hr instead of boiling them, and I also added chicken on top so I could have it as a full meal. So delicious.
Love it! Do all as written.
I would definitely make this again. It even tasted good the next day! Only changes - I roasted the beets, added maple syrup to the dressing and added a few blood oranges into the salad.
This is a great salad that's simple to prepare quickly. The nuts really make this so don't skip them. My son-in-law makes his own maple syrup and it's perfect in this. I often add some leftover grilled chicken to make a complete meal and feta is very good in place of the goat cheese.
Always like a new way to use beets. Adding feta a plus. Definitely a make again
I made this for 50 teachers and the feedback was positive. Many were unsure since they didn't like beets or goat cheese but they enjoyed the salad. I did make a few modifications. I used canned whole beets, thinly sliced & chilled. I substituted pecans for the walnuts and added honey to the goat cheese. I softened the goat cheese used a mixer and added honey until I found a balance in flavor. Lastly, I placed the goat cheese onto plastic wrap. Rolled into a log and froze. The cheese was easier to handle. Prior to mixing salad together thaw enough to slice. The cheese softens quickly once at room temp.
I love this recipe! I squeezed a fresh orange for the OJ and it was very nice tasty. Thank you for sharing.
Delicious and easy!
I love the proportions for the dressing. This is tasty and elegant. I roasted the beets whole and have also sliced them thick with a bit flavored oil (Orange is good.) That gives the beets a wonderful flavor, too. It also gives them more of a roasted texture.
Great salad! I added grilled chicken to make it a complete meal & added a few segments of mandarin oranges for a pop of color.
I absolutely adore this recipe. I've made it a few times now. I use cranberry spiced goat cheese as it goes very well together. Thank you so much for the recipe! Love love love it!
The salad itself was good but I didn't care for the dressing. Maybe it's just me because other people seemed to like it! Here are the things I did differently: 1. Roasted the beets - Scrubbed and cut off the ends. Wrapped in foil and put on a baking sheet (this is a MUST DO). Bake at 400 F for 45 min-1 hr. Let cool and then slice 2. Used feta cheese instead of goat. 3. Made 3X the walnuts. Awesome! 4. Other than the dressing - the salad itself is good.
I loved this salad. You could add chicken and call it dinner. My husband said he hates beets but he eat the whole salad and didn’t complain.
excellent flavors; beets and goat cheese. I made my own dressing with mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, slat and pepper and it was a hit.----also, add nuts either pecans or walnuts.
Bursting with flavor! Love the candied walnuts, creamy goat cheese, citrus dressing with just the right amount of tang. A winner all 'round.
I love beets and this is a very tasty salad. Love everything about it: sweet, crunchy, savory and sour rolled into one.
This salad was a big hit at my house, I cooked it as part of the meal for mothers day and my dad said it was his favourite part "tastes like something you'd find in a high class restaurant" he said. The dressing was very tasty also! Definitely will make again :)
I've made this a few times. I switch goat cheese for feta. This time I added asparagus. Its a great lunch.
absolutely delicious and that really means something since neither my husband or i usually like beets. the only problem i had with this recipe is that the walnuts became so sticky after cooling that they were like glued to the teeth and required a pretty long teeth cleaning.
Loved it. So easy. The dressing was a bit vinegary for me, but other than I thought it was great.
No! I've now made it three times! Love this salad and so easy to make!
I sliced the goats cheese added it to a skillet with butter just until slightly heated and rolled it in bread crumbs. The dressing in this recipe was excellent!
I made this for my healthy eating class today and it was an instant hit! However, I only used half the amount called for of EVOO as the first batch I made was a bit on the bitter, oily side. It came out great! Of course, I used all organic ingredients, mostly from my garden. Just LOVE this salad recipe!!! It's a keeper.
This salad is now in my top 5 ever! Absolutely delish, easy and fun to make! Thank you Donna!
Short yummy salad, I made it for Christmas dinner and it was a huge hit. I made 2 changes...used curly endive which is similar to chicory because the supermarket did not have Belgian endive and used freshly squeezed oj because I did not have frozen concentrate.
Great. I added Avocado and pears too it.
absolutely delectable, so gourmet! will cook for guests and special occassions
So simple it is almost unbelievable! Better than any I've had in restaurants. I'm looking forward to trying it with golden beets. Oh, be careful with the walnuts....they get very sticky and can end up in a huge lump. Take care to separate during coating.