I love when dishes just look pretty. Almost too pretty to eat, but so delicious-looking, you just have to dig in. This cold beet salad might sound blah, but it’s probably one of the best things you’ll ever eat!!
I grew up despising beets but have become obsessed with them in recent years and the continuing news of all their health benefits has me loving them more and more. My husband is also a big fan of them, so they appear frequently on our dinner table – mostly in some version of this cold beet salad.
Cold Beet Salad
When we first started enjoying beets a few years ago, we topped them with sliced pears and goat cheese for a delectable cold beet salad. We’d had it served that way on a trip to downtown Portland and couldn’t help remaking it again and again.
In the last year or so, I’ve started adding honey in place of the fresh pears, when they weren’t in season. Now my husband will eat them just with honey any day of the week. The sweetness of the honey balances the earthiness of the root vegetable. I’m sure you could use maple syrup or agave as well if you don’t want to use honey.
I went a little overboard with this recent setup adding chopped, salted pistachios and orange zest. The pistachios add a nice salty, crunchy component to the salad and the orange zest just makes it even yummier! I bet zest from a blood orange or grapefruit would be a tasty alternative as well!
This ‘overboard’ version, however, was so good that it may be our new norm. And if you’re looking to add even more color, you can use golden beets or even those fun striped varieties!
I love buying fresh beets at farmers markets and my local stores, but I have also tried the steamed beet packages (available at Trader Joe’s and Costco). I think they’re wonderful to have on hand. The steamed beets last for a while and make a great last minute vegetable when you’re making dinner plans.
BEET, HONEY, + GOAT CHEESE SALAD
I discovered my love of beets on a trip to Portland years ago. Every menu seemed to offer them and each dish was more delicious than the last. An elegant beet salad is easy to make at home, however. Tops beets with goat cheese, honey, and a few crunchy toppings. You'll be reaching for seconds in no time!
- 2 large cooked beets peeled
- 1 oz. goat cheese
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 2 tablespoons chopped salted pistachios
- 1 Tablespoon honey plus more
- Slice beets into 1/2 inch slices. Lay on serving plate.
- Top with goat cheese, orange zest, pistachios, and honey.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Check out Sunset’s recipe for Roasted Beets with Tahini!