Beets and creamy goat cheese salad with crunchy, sweet pecans with a honey balsamic vinaigrette is like a symphony in your mouth.
Beets and Goat Cheese Salad
I know beets can be polarizing – people seem to either love them or hate them. I, personally, am a fan. If you’re not sure about beets, this Beet and Goat Cheese salad with Candied Pecans over baby greens is a great place to start. Some people say beets taste like dirt but trust me – once you combine them with sweet, crunchy pecans and creamy goat cheese and then drizzle them with a sweet and tangy dressing, you’ll have a different opinion. For another favorite beet recipe, try this Turmeric Braised Chicken with Golden Beets and Leeks. And see more salad recipes here.
How to Cook Beets
If you’ve never cooked beets before, you have a few options. Whichever method you choose, you’ll need to prep your beets for cooking. Just cut off any green tops and rinse under water.
- Boil: For this salad, I boiled my beets for 45-50 minutes until tender.
- Roasted: To oven roast, wrap the beets individually in foil and bake at 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes.
- Instant Pot: Put the beets on top of the steam rack and pour in one cup of water. Cook on manual mode for 20-30 minutes for larger beets, quick release.
Cook times all depend on the size of the beets. To check that they’re done, pierce them with a knife or skewer. If it goes through easily, the beets are ready.
Once cool enough to handle, peel the skins off by rubbing a paper towel over them. Be careful – beets stain very easily! You may want to wear an apron while peeling and cutting beets.
Beet Salad Variations:
- If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, swap it with feta.
- If you can’t find candied pecans at the supermarket, you can make them at home.
- Use walnuts instead of pecans.
- Sub baby greens for arugula.
- Use a mix of red and golden beets to make the salad even more colorful.
More Salad Recipes You’ll Love:
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- Salmon Avocado Salad
- Mixed Baby Greens and Arugula with Blackberries and Pecans
- Food Cart-Style Chicken Salad with Halal White Sauce
Baby Greens with Goat Cheese, Beets and Candied Pecans
For the honey balsamic vinaigrette:
- 2 tbsp balsamic
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 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. (* You can buy cooked beets or cook them yourself. I boiled the beets in water until soft, but they can be roasted in the oven as well, see notes above.)
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78 comments on “Baby Greens with Goat Cheese, Beets and Candied Pecans”
Love your recipes……wondering, can I use canned beets instead?
I have tried versions or this salad and used canned. Very good and I hardly ever eat canned vegetables.
Simply genius! This was a fantastic lunch! Thank you Gina once again for a keeper!
I’m always game for beets and this one’s a winner! Your recipes are life changing!
I wasn’t a fan of the beets even though I like them. The goat cheese was so creamy and yummy. I think I’ll use the leftover dressing tomorrow with mostly the same salad but I’m going to try apples instead of beets.
Absolutely love this salad. I’ve added to my lunch rotation. Can I ask the weight in beets being used? I have gotten beets the size of golf balls to tennis balls…. is it not a dramatic difference in calories as long as all the other ingredients are exact? Thank you! Your recipes are life saving to keeping me on track.
OMG! This was beyond delicious! I loved it! My DH didn’t want to try it, but when he did he couldn’t believe how good it was. He asked to have it again tomorrow. Thanks, Gina for all you do for us. I’m down 11 pounds since Jan 4, all due to your wonderful recipes. I never even felt hungry once!
How do you make glazed pecans?
Wondering the same thing!
I prepared this salad a couple nights ago, yummy. I have some beets(cooked package from Trader Joe’s) and goat cheese left, so we are having it with chicken tenders this evening.