Beet & Goat Cheese Salad hmmm…I think I have a thing about making and posting recipes with food I really disliked at one time or another. And, believe me there isn’t much I don’t like! Beets are definitely one of them and goat cheese was another. I’m actually still not totally fond of goat cheese but it also depends on the type and what it’s with. I prefer domestic over imported because it is not as strong of a gamey taste. And, if you love goat cheese you are probably saying well that’s exactly why I like it! Plus, I have always wanted to love beets because they are so healthy for you.
I can honesty say now I really do like them. Especially roasted (preferably cubed roasted in the oven then on top of salad if they make it that far!)! These are not even roasted at least I don’t think they are. And, drum roll…I actually bought them instead of making them myself. Never go shopping hungry – but who picks up “beets” when they are hungry?? I probably wouldn’t of initially done that 1) I rarely buy premade food from the store. Not that I’m a food snob but I honestly haven’t ever tasted anything that is really good or good for you that is pre-made in the supermarket and 2) I had already taste tested these packaged beets at my best friends house a long ago. And, literally couldn’t stop eating them! 3) Plus, the only ingredient on the label was beets and it was whole and vacuumed packed – so what’s not to love, no messy red stains all over.
The only thing I actually made was the balsamic reduction and truthfully you can easily buy that too – although check the label for any high fructose corn syrup because then that wouldn’t be good!
You could easily put this on top of some bitter greens like arugula and make it extra fancy but I enjoyed it just like this.
Now the most important thing is beets are a powerful nutrient dense root vegetable! They contain folate, manganese (good for bones, liver, kidneys & pancreas), potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and copper; fiber, magnesium, phosporus, vitamin c, iron & vitamin b6.
Here’s the amazing benefits of why you should add beets to your diet:
helps lower blood pressure
fights inflammation (contains betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress)
In a saucepan add balsamic and honey and reduce to desired consistency. ( until it sticks to a back of spoon)
Quarter the beets, divide them amongst the plates. Top with goat cheese and walnuts (optional: toast or sweeten them with a little honey over medium high heat until they are just starting to brown) and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Sprinkle with a little Himalayan pink salt.