Nov 5, 2012

Baby Greens with Goat Cheese, Beets and Candied Pecans




Creamy goat cheese with crunchy sweet pecans and red beets topped with a honey balsamic vinaigrette is like a symphony in your mouth. This salad will make you look like a culinary whiz!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday!

I still have no power due to Hurricane Sandy so I thought I would re-post an older recipe from the archives. If you are without power, this doesn't require an oven and would be perfect for Meatless Monday.


Baby Greens with Goat Cheese, Beets and Candied Pecans
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/4 • Old Points: 7 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories:
267 • Fat: 19.5 g • Protein: 7 g • Carb: 19 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 14 g  
Sodium: 211 mg


Ingredients:

  • 4 oz Chavrie goat cheese log
  • 8 cups mixed baby greens
  • 4 small red beets, cooked and cut*
  • 2 oz glazed pecans (I used Emerald Pecan Pie)
For the honey balsamic vinaigrette:
  • 2 tbsp balsamic
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey 

Directions:
    Make vinaigrette by whisking olive oil, balsamic and honey until smooth. In a large bowl toss greens with vinaigrette and mix well.

    Evenly divide greens between four bowls. Top each bowl with one beet, 1 oz goat cheese and pecans. Serve immediately.

    * I boiled the beets in water until soft, but they can be roasted in the oven as well.

    65 comments :

    1. How do you cook the beets? Steam, roast? I never cook with them so not sure how to prepare them....

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    2. being from the UK i don't think we get that brand & i'm guessing the competition isn't open to England/Non-Us residents.

      but thank you for the website link. great inspiration as i buy a supermarket own brand (only one available) version of the spreadable goats cheese & would like to try something new with it.

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    3. Love the beets. Most people think they don't like them until they try them in a recipe like this!

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    4. Oooh I adore beets and goat cheese salad but never make them at home...this recipe looks perfect for a summer lunch!

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    5. Chavrie® Grape Salad ... grapes and cheese, my favorite combination!!!

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    6. I love to roast beets with rubbed with olive oil....mmmmm.....This salad sounds wonderful!

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    7. colleen ,haverhill ma7/9/10, 9:37 AM

      I don't really like beets so much, Ithink they taste like dirt :O) But your pics make it look very yummy and are beautiful as always

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    8. This looks absolutely delicious. If you live near a Trader Joe's, their pre-cooked beets are a great time saver!

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      1. I just got some and I am excited to try them out!

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    9. I boil the beets for about 50 minutes, let them cool then peel. Just don't wear white while you are peeling and slicing them like I did!

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    10. Yum!! Love love beets but never cook them at home. Will have to give this go.

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    11. This was a BIG hit last night!

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    12. mmm...looks delicious!! I wrap beets in aluminum foil and cook in the oven, then take them out and rub/peel outer layer off - very easy and tastes great!

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    13. This is a favorite salad. Just talked to another blogger about salt roasting beets, and they make for great additions to salads. Love this combination too.

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    14. I'm eating a 100 cal pack of Wholly Guacamole right now. I thought it might be nice to make my own! So here it is.... http://www.chavrie.com/Recipes.aspx?Recipe=5

      Julie

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    15. I love goat cheese. But I hated beets until I tried the baby beets from Trader Joe's.
      Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration!
      ;o)
      - Lee

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    16. This looks wonderful... my mouth is watering lol

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    17. There's nothing more that I love than beets and goat cheese together. Yum.

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    18. I love these kinds of salads! My favorite! How do you cook the beets? I find that roasting them brings out so much amazing sweetness!

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    19. I usually boil them for 45 minutes, I'll have to try roasting them next time!

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    20. This was great! Glad I came across your site - love it!

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    21. Some of my favorite foods! Great salad.... I'm thinking the dressing would make a great marinade/glaze for bbq chicken breasts too!

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    22. This EXACT salad is at the Cheesecake Factory! They call it a French Country salad, and it's on their sides/appetizer salad list (although it's huge, as is everything at C.F.)

      I absolutely LOVE it! I was so excited to see it here on your blog :)

      I just discovered your blog, by the way, and can't wait to get home to cook! Thanks

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    23. Oh is it! I haven't been to the cheesecake factory in years!

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    24. Made this salad for dinner last night. I actually cut the beets up into small pieces and roasted them in the oven for about an hour. This salad is great. I added some sliced roast chicken breast on top. It was a nice hearty salad for the fall. Delish!

      Shannon
      Northern VA

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    25. Made this tonight and it was amazing! I have never cooked beets before - they are so much better fresh! The flavor combination is delicious! The only thing I altered was agave necter instead of honey. Definately will make this one over and over!

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    26. This was a delicious lunch. I saved time by buying precooked beets at fairway. This is a meal I don't mind eating three more portions of myself this week.

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    27. So, until I made this salad today, I had not tried beets since I was like 5 (I am now 38). Being a new vegetarian for health reasons, I thought I would give beets another go before deciding they were not for me. WHOAH! If all beet dishes are as beautiful and yummy as this one, I may be a forever beet convert. I roasted the beets with a light sprinkle of olive oil and a little salt. I think I am in love!

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    28. This is a great salad! I like to add mandarin orange segments to mine and use the Sahale Snacks Valdosta Pecans. Delicious!

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    30. This salad is beautiful! However, I can't eat goat cheese due to a Danger Girl incident. I would run around town doing crazy stunts and one time I had to milk a goat. My hands smelled like goat teats for a week it was really gross. Then once I tried goat cheese I found that it tastes just like goat teats smell. Haven't been able to eat it. Yeah... kind of an awkward story.Is there any substitute I can use?

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      1. Perhaps a farmers cheese could be used instead.

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      2. A mild feta works with this... and so does ricotta salata (a solid ricotta cheese from Italy and Greece & less salty than feta)..

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    31. I love beets and goat cheese together!

      Hope you get your power back soon! My aunt in Amity Harbor just got hers back yesterday. Slowly but surely...

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    32. Wow, this looks amazing. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    33. Sorry to hear you are still without power. This salad looks amazing. I love beets and they are so healthy. Some friends of mine told me about cooking them in the microwave and it's so easy, the peel just falls off with a little help.

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    34. I hope you get your power back soon!!

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    35. Sorry you're still without power. Love your blog and this is one of my absolute favorite salads! May make this for Thanksgiving!

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    36. This looks beautiful and very "Christmasy". Thanks.

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    37. Please take care and thanks for posting even when you are still dealing with "Sandy". Look after yourself first and the rest of us will be waiting when you return. Positive Chi from the north up in Canada. PS. I adore your blog and recipes, thank you so much for your efforts.

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    38. I adore beets! I think I will pick some up the next time I am out and pack this salad for lunch.
      I think I will roast the beets in a little olive oil, salt and pepper. This is how I usually prepare them and they always turn out fantastic! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

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    39. This recipe looks fabulous! I am going to buy some fresh beets and give this a try. I wish that my son would try some of the healthy recipes that I prepare. The only vegetable that he will eat,willingly, are baby carrots, cold peas out of pods, corn and potaotes. In other words, all the startcy ones! Thanks for your great blog. I hope that your power is restored soon and that you are keeping the faith :)

      Sherri

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    40. I LOVE beats and my personal favorite way to cook them is in the Crockpot! You get the flavor intensity of roasting with less electricity usage. I just rinse mine, trim off the greens (to be eaten later in a salad), wrap them individually in foil, and place them in the Crockpot. Cook on high for 2 to 4 hours until soft; since the heat is so low you don't really have to worry about burning them. The peels will just slip off and they're like wonderful edible gems!

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    41. What a wonderfull and colorfull salade!!! I like it and will soon do it.
      Thanks for sharing all you recipes
      Misty from Belgium

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    42. I'm sorry, but I hate beets. Actually, I have no idea whether or not I like beets because I can't get past their smell of dirt.
      Regardless, I have not had a bad recipe from you yet (minus the garlic lovers pot roast because I have NO idea how to cook red meat...I try for the boyfriend :/ ) I'm glad that your family is safe and I'm hoping you get power back asap, as I know it can be difficult to live without. Thanks for posting and I promise to try, the operative word being try, beets and this gorgeous looking salad. Hang in there!

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    43. This salad looks wonderful! I cook my beets in my rice cooker. I just place the steamer insert in, add a little water(about a half inch) and place the rinsed beets on top then put the lid on. Twenty or so minutes later they are done! Thanks for your wonderful recipe, and I hope you get your power back on soon. Also, where can I find your apricot banana pastry?

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    44. Beautiful salad! The dressing sounds incredible!! I adore beets.
      Gina xo

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    45. Hoping your power is back soon!

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    46. This salad is AWESOME! My only previous beet experiences were as a child... I had no idea this would be so yummy. We make this salad all the time now with some grilled chicken on the side for extra protein. This one is my second fave ever, second only to your roasted butternut squash salad ;)

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    47. This salad looks divine & it's perfect timing because I'm in the midst of moving and have a can of beets I need to use up this coming week! :)

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    48. I have been a fan of your recipes for a while now. I have never been a fan of beets, but recently a coworker of mine told me about the ones they sell in trader joes. I tryed them they are good. I can't wait to try this recipe, my only concern is can you use a differnt cheese besides goat cheese. I don't like the texture or taste.

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    49. Oh this looks so good , I can almost taste it. Love your site. Hope you get your power back soon . A Canadian fan.

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    50. Keeping you and your family (as well as everyone else affected by Sandy) in my thoughts. Hope you all find comfort and relief soon. PS I wish I liked beets more because this salad looks beautiful!

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    51. I make my own candied pecans by heating them in a frying pan with a tsp or so of white sugar. Stir quickly and remove to cool on aluminum foil. Easy.

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    52. Gina, I hope you and your family get your power on soon and "weather" this nor'easter well. I am so impressed that you're still posting with the challenges you're facing - keep up the good work. I get a salad similar to this at the Cheesecake Factory and love it, can't wait to try making it at home!

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    53. Made this to go with dinner tonight and it was a huge hit!! Thanks for continuing to make recipes to keep me on track with my points!

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    54. I don't know why people are saying beets taste like dirt. I guess most of the beets I have eaten were either canned, or prepared in a restaurant. Canned beets are an easy alternative, no dirt taste included, and they're stocked in any grocery store. Soooo delicious!

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    55. I made this today and it was yummy! I love the flavor combination. Thanks for reposting.

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    56. are the beets supposed to be served warm?

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    57. I brought this to Thanksgiving and boy was it a hit! Thanks for sharing. I couldn't find glazed pecans at my local grocer so I did them myself. BTW, I also brought the Phyllo Fruit Tart & the Pumpkin Dip, all from here. Everything was AMAZING and people appreciated the effort of something not so heavy!

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    58. When I had it at Cheesecake factory it tasted like sesame oil was in it and you don't list that here.

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    59. This salad was awesome and so easy to prepare. I will definitely be making this salad again, especially when I have dinner guests. I shared this recipe in my most recent weekly meal plan on my blog rainbowdelicious.com. Thank you!

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    60. This is my favorite salad! I boiled the beets as well and used baby arugula for the greens. I love how simple the vinaigrette is and how well everything pairs together.

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    61. Made this last night for dinner! WOW! Fantastic salad! Very easy to make also!

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