Looking for a beautiful and delicious recipe for Valentines Day? This free video will show you a recipe for a really tasty beet salad with goat cheese. The combination of sweet beets, creamy goat cheese and crunchy walnuts makes for a really flavorful salad. The deep rich red of the beets is fitting for Valentine’s Day.
For that extra special touch, add a rose carved from beets. You can learn how in my Hearts and Roses video lessons. You can carve your beet roses ahead of time and steam them. Once they are at room temperature (or even refrigerated), you can add them to your salad so that your guests have a beautiful edible beet rose.
Click the play button on the video below. There is so much color in the image below it’s easy to overlook the play button.
Even if you choose not to carve beet roses, this beet salad with goat cheese is a lovely and tasty dish, perfect for Valentine’s day.
If you are want to make this salad the easy way, you can use canned beets. I don’t think it’s as tasty but it is faster and easier. You can use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the slices beets into heart shapes. It’s a pretty way to dress up the salad for Valentine’s day.
Another way to speed up the making of this salad is to skip the sugared walnuts and add plain walnuts, it will still taste great.
Any way that you choose to make this salad, you add the place setting with the heart shaped napkin and you have a really eye catching presentation.
- 4 medium beets – scrubbed, trimmed and cut in half
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 (15 ounce) package mixed baby salad greens
- 1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 ounces goat cheese
- Place whole, peeled beets on parchment paper, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Seal in foil and bake at 450 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the beets feel tender while stuck with a fork. Cool, then cut in to cubes, chucks or julienne.
- While the beets are cooking, place the butter and brown sugar in a skillet over medium heat. Heat and stir until melted and combined, then add the walnuts. Heat till toasty and well coated with the melted sugar and butter mixture. Then remove from the heat and spread on parchment paper to cool.
- In a jar, add the together the orange juice concentrate, balsamic vinegar and olive oil and shake well to make the dressing.
- Place the spring greens in a bowl and toss with the desired amount of dressing.
- Place a helping of baby greens onto each of four salad plates, divide candied walnuts equally and sprinkle over the greens. Place equal amounts of beets over the greens, and top with dabs of goat cheese.
- Serve and enjoy!
You can toss all the ingredients gently together if you like, You will get a “messier” look and the beets will turn some of the salad pink or red, which may be exactly the effect that you want.
I love the flavors and the beauty of this beet salad with goat cheese. I hope that you enjoy it, too.
P.S. Here are some other great ideas for using beets, you can find some ideas for decorating your beet dishes with carved beet roses. And, here is where you can learn to carve beet roses. Here is where you can learn a heart napkin fold.