Best Golden Beet & Blue Cheese Salad

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Golden beet & blue cheese salad is a simple yet tasteful and textured salad. It is super easy to make and offers clean flavors. The tender golden beets, creaminess from blue cheese and crunch from toasty pine nuts make this salad very appetizing.

Golden beet and blue cheese salad

Salads are usually very easy to make. The maximum time utilized is in preparing and cutting the vegetables. This beet and blue cheese salad, however, is super easy and simple. It is made with only four simple ingredients. As a result, you can make it in 5 minutes (apart from cooking the beets).

This recipe is not just easy, but it is very healthy as well. On a busy day, this recipe can be your favourite salad recipe. It is literally a no-fuss recipe with simple, humble and tasteful ingredients.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Golden Beets: Golden beets have a beautiful golden colour. They have a more subtle flavour and are sweeter than red beets. Plus, they are also less earthy in taste.
  • Blue cheese: Blue cheese has an intense salty and spicy flavour. Crumble it and then add it to the salad. This way, you can enjoy its taste in every bite.
  • Toasted pine nuts: Toasted pine nuts add a very satisfying crunch to this salad. They have a very heartwarming and nutty flavour.
  • Vinaigrette: A simple vinaigrette made from olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and salt is the perfect way to dress this salad. A vinaigrette adds tons of flavour to the salad.
  • Seasonings: Season the salad with salt and black pepper to add more flavour.
Golden beets

How to Make Golden Beet Salad

Step 1: Cook the beets

Cook the beets, submerged in a pot of boiling water, for 40-50 minutes, until fork tender. You can also cook the beets for 20 minutes in the Instant Pot, on top of the trivet, with 1 cup of water below.

Remove the beets from the water and allow them to cool so you can hold them. You should be able to easily peel away the skin just by gently squeezing the beet. The skin will slide off. Set them aside to cool once you’ve skinned them.

Step 2: Slice & Plate

Once they are completely cooled, slice the beets and arrange them nicely on the plate. You can serve individual servings or make one sharing plate.

Top with crumbed blue cheese, pine nuts, and vinaigrette. Add a sprinkle of flake salt and pepper.

This dish makes a great appetizer for when you have guests over for dinner. It’s gorgeous and very tasty.

Golden beet and blue cheese salad

Can You Use Red Beets Instead of Golden Beets?

Absolutely! Golden beets are unique, tasteful and visually appealing. However, they are not as widely available as regular beets. So, if you can’t seem to find golden beets, no problem, you can use regular red beets as well. Remember that the salad will have a more earthy flavour when you use red beets.

What Can I Use Instead of Blue Cheese?

I know there are a lot of people who don’t like to eat blue cheese. It’s too pungent and funky for some people. That’s okay because there are plenty of alternatives.

For a slightly less pungent, but similar flavor to blue cheese, try gorgonzola or stilton. You can find these cheeses that are less ages and have a less offending smell, if that’s your issue.

You can also use feta cheese instead of blue cheese, for a completely different flavor, without any pungency. It’s a nice crumbly cheese that goes with the beets really well.

Golden beet and blue cheese salad

Variations & Suggestions

This is a humble and straightforward salad made with only four ingredients, but there are some substitutions you can make if necessary:

  • You can replace pine nuts with walnuts or pecans. Be sure to toast them before putting them on the salad.
  • If you don’t like blue cheese, you can substitute with feta, goat cheese, or Cotija, all which have a sharp flavor and are crumbly.
  • You can use any vinaigrette you love in this recipe. Use red wine vinegar, grainy mustard, red chilli flakes or anything you love.

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Golden beet and blue cheese salad

Golden Beet & Blue Cheese Salad

Golden beet and blue cheese salad is a simple yet tasteful and textured salad. It is super easy to make and offers clean flavors. The tender golden beets, creaminess from blue cheese and crunch from toasty pine nuts make this salad very appetizing.
4.95 from 36 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Laura Lynch

Ingredients

  • 2 medium beets
  • 2 tablespoons (14 g) crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tablespoons (20 g) toasted pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons (29.57 ml) vinaigrette
  • Sprinkle of flake salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Cook the beets, submerged in a pot of boiling water, for 40-50 minutes, until fork tender. Remove and allow to cool before peeling.
  • Once completely cooled, slice the beets and arrange on the plate.
  • Top with crumbed cheese, pine nuts, and vinaigrette. Add a sprinkle of flake salt and pepper.

Notes

  • You can use red beets if necessary
  • You can make your own vinaigrette with this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 83IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg

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