Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Orange Vinaigrette is a wonderful salad that is full of amazing flavors. Served on a bed of baby arugula, it's a healthy meal. Also this beet salad is perfect as a small starter salad! simplyhappyfoodie.com #beetsalad #beetsaladorangevinaigrette
Originally Published 9/12/17
Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Orange Vinaigrette
We have some nice restaurants near us without having to go Downtown, which is nice. One of these is an Italian restaurant that we have been going to for years.
I remember seeing the beet salad on the menu, but always passed over it in favor of the Caesar Salad. Which is amazing! One time we went there, they were featuring the Beet Salad, so I ordered it. Wow! New favorite.
I have always liked beets. I grew up eating them pickled, boiled, and in Borscht, a delicious Russian soup. Though we ate pickled beets in salads, we never had them roasted, or plain in a salad with a vinaigrette.
After having the one at the restaurant, I was determined to make my own version of Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Orange Vinaigrette.
The first few times I made it, I oven-roasted the beets, and it turned out excellent! I did have to revamp the orange vinaigrette because I kept making it too sweet. I do like it a little sweet, just not too much.
Then I decided to try cooking the beets in my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. It took less time and the results were very good! I like having the option to cook the beets more than one way.
If you want to pressure cook your beets, I show you how in my Instant Pot Beets post.
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Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Orange Vinaigrette is a wonderful salad that is full of amazing flavors. Served on a bed of baby arugula, it's a healthy meal. Also perfect as a small starter salad!
- 2-3 Small Cooked Beets*, cut into small wedges (you could also use canned)
- 1 Orange, segmented (or use a small can of drained Mandarin oranges)
- ¼ Small Red Onion, sliced thinly
- 3 Tbsp Goat Cheese
- ¼ cup Roasted Pistachios, shelled
- 1 Bunch of Baby Arugula, or Spring Greens
- 1 tsp Orange Zest
- ¼ cup Orange Juice
- 2 tsp Honey
- 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- ¼ cup Olive Oil
- Pinch of Kosher Salt
- Pinch of Pepper
If using arugula greens, spread them out on a plate, or in a salad bowl.
Layer the beets, orange segments, and red onion on top of the greens, if using. Otherwise just layer them without.
Crumble the goat cheese on top.
Dress the salad with a couple of tablespoons of the vinaigrette, or to taste.
Sprinkle the pistachios on top
Add all ingredients to a mason jar with a lid and shake vigorously until well combined.
If you don't have a jar with a lid, put all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well combined.
Taste and adjust salt, if desired.
Beets can be Roasted in a 450 degree (F) oven for about 45 minutes for small-medium size beets (Don't peel. Rub with olive oil before roasting).
Beets can also be Pressure Cooked (see my Instant Pot Beets recipe).
Recipe inspired from my visits to Grazie Ristorante in Bothell, WA (they are awesome!).
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Arugula is plentiful in my garden, it’s citrus season, and I’m going to make this beautiful healthy salad. Mmm! Yummy!
Hello…I am thinking of making this for thanksgiving. How many people do you think this will feed. We have 20 people…thank you
I made this very delicious salad tonight! Definitely will make again and recommend to all. Refreshing to. I roasted and peeled the beets yesterday so they were refrigerated and ready today. I didn’t have to nuts but was delicious nonetheless.
I thought this was so good! I used pickled beets and toasted walnuts because I didn’t have pistachios. I will definitely be making again!
Making this salad right now! Smells delicious, I had an overload of beets so thanks for sharing!!
I love the colors in this salad and look forward to trying it! I was wondering if Balsamic vinegar can be used as a substitute for Red wine vinegar? Would I be using the same amount as Balsamic?
Thank you for your help!
Yes, I think that would be delicious!
This was really delish. I used a liitle more fresh oj in the dressing because we like it that way, and added a little harissa olive oil to the olive oil measurement. It would be great as a main, or with a little grilled chicken or shrimp on the side. I want to gove this 5 stars, but the site is not letting me. I hope it shows up.
I loved this salad! The flavors are so good. I will be making this again!