Golden Beet and Whipped Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Mint Pesto

A beet salad that’s as beautiful to look at as it is to eat.  Creamy goat cheese is whipped until light and fluffy and then stacked with a roasted golden beet.  The Walnut Mint Pesto is the perfect topper for this easy to make and easy to impress dish.

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Beet and Goat Cheese Salad is pretty much a summer staple.  It’s on every restaurant menu and, as simple as it is, many people don’t make it at home.  Which is surprising, given the number of friends I know that absolutely go bananas over it.  Crazy…I know.

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So, I gave it a little twist and turned it on it’s end.  Impressed yet? Well, don’t be.  Because this salad is three, super, easy components….roasted beets, whipped goat cheese and a simple pesto.  All three items take about 3 minutes of prep work and can all be made in advance.  Hosting your friends for lunch?  This is the perfect salad for that occasion.  Thank me later.

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Or….if you don’t have friends or don’t like them very much to invite them for lunch….this could be your “Not Sad Desk Lunch” at work.  You’ll have to assemble it at your desk, which takes seconds.  Or store it in a can or something.  Get creative…it’s your lunch!  Or dinner.  Your co-workers will think you went to culinary school when you were out with the ebola virus last winter.  True stuff!

 

Golden Beet and Whipped Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Mint Pesto

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 524 kcal
Author: Kellie

the most flavor packed salad, the golden beet and whipped goat cheese salad with walnut mint pesto

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Ingredients

  • For the beets:
  • Three golden beets stems cut off
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • For the goat cheese:
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • For the Mint Pesto:
  • 2 cups lightly packed mint leaves
  • 2 cups lightly packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • extra walnuts for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Coat the beets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the beets on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake for 45 minutes or until fork tender. Remove and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. When cool, gently peel off the skins and slice the beets horizontally into 1/2 inch slices. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat the goat cheese, cream and honey with a hand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment until light and fluffy. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, add the mint, basil, walnuts, garlic and olive oil. Process until all the ingredients are finely chopped and well blended. Add more oil if necessary. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  6. To assemble, line each plate with arugula and one large beet slice. Spread one heaping tablespoon of the goat cheese over the beet and top with another beet. Repeat until each beet has been assembled and then drizzle with the pesto. Garnish with walnuts and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Golden Beet and Whipped Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Mint Pesto
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 524 Calories from Fat 441
% Daily Value*
Fat 49g75%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 161mg7%
Potassium 325mg9%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 3120IU62%
Vitamin C 14.8mg18%
Calcium 198mg20%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

21 comments on “Golden Beet and Whipped Goat Cheese Salad with Walnut Mint Pesto”

  1. Absolutely stunning pictures! I love the combo and I adore beets!

  2. Holy cow this looks unreal amazing!!

  3. This looks beautiful, I love the stacked variation on the traditional salad. I’ve never roasted beets with the skins on before, I always peel them (which is a pain!). I’ll definitely try it your way next time.

  4. I need to try golden beets!! I love red beets, but have never had golden ones. I’m not even sure if my grocery store carries them… Do you usually have to go to a Whole Foods or Sprouts to find them?

  5. OMG I’m dying over that whipped goat cheese? And the walnuts and the absolute perfect touch!

  6. This salad would definitely be the envy of the office! It’s gorgeous!

  7. This looks amazing I can only imagine how good it must taste

  8. Oh I love that golden beet and the whipped goat cheese!! WOW! Looks wonderful!

  9. I’ve never tried golden beets, almost looks like a sweet potatoes and that whipped goat cheese sounds amazing, I want to eat this up!

  10. Oh my gosh..I love the walnut mint pesto!! This is genius!

  11. Absolutely beautiful! And I love every type of pesto out there and this one sounds fantastic!

  12. That is a super pretty dish. My Mom loves beets, I imagine she’d find that heavenly!

  13. This is a perfect salad for guest! I love beet and goat cheese!

  14. Oh yeah! This has my name all over it! I love the golden beet/goat cheese combo.

  15. I wish I could take this delicious salad right off my screen for lunch today, it looks amazing! 🙂

  16. Oh that goat cheese! I could just gobble this entire plate up!

  17. Photos. STUNNING! Dish. AMAZING! I am LOVING ALL THE BEETS right now. That mint pesto is off the charts! You just combined two of my faves – Basil and mint!

  18. Golden beets are the best type of beets! And whipped goat cheese? Yes!

  19. Whipping goat cheese is such an awesome idea!

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