This vibrant roasted beetroot and goat’s cheese salad recipe with toasted walnuts and leafy greens is easy to make, satisfying, nutritious, and oh-so-delicious!

Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, walnuts, and greens in a white bowl.

I’ve decided pretty much everything tastes better with toasted nuts. Raise your hand if you agree! 

Like this delicious combination of roasted beets, creamy goat cheese, leafy greens, and toasted walnuts, topped off with white balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and a generous dusting of fresh ground black pepper.

What you’ll love about this roasted beet salad:


  • VERSATILE – Besides the beets, you can make this salad with various leafy greens, nuts, and cheese. Want a super easy version? Make it with pre-roasted beets!
  • HEALTHY – This beetroot salad is jam-packed with brain and heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory ingredients. It’s the ultimate “food as medicine” meal!
  • DELICIOUS – Earthy beetroot, creamy goat cheese, crunchy walnuts, peppery greens, and tangy vinaigrette are an unbeatable flavor combination you’ll love!

Roasted Beet Salad Ingredients, Substitutions, & Additions

Graphic showing list of ingredients to make a roasted beetroot and goat's cheese salad.
  • Beets. I like this beet goat cheese salad with various colorful beets. Red beets. Golden beets. Pink Chioggia beets. Cose whatever beautiful beets you find at the grocery store. However, buying pre-roasted beets like Love Beets is acceptable if you are pressed for time.πŸ˜‰
  • Goats Cheese. ChΓ¨vre, a creamy soft goat cheese, adds a delicious tangy flavor to this cheese salad recipe. Feta cheese would be a  lovely addition to this beet salad recipe too!
  • Salad Greens. Try peppery fresh arugula or watercress in this salad. Or, for a milder flavor, baby spinach.
  • Walnuts. Be sure to toast them to bring out the nutty flavor in your crunchy walnuts! Of course, you can make this with other nuts like pecans, almonds, or pine nuts. 
  • Dressing Ingredients. I keep the dressing super simple with extra virgin olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt, and fresh ground pepper to taste. Want to fancy it up? Add a hint of maple syrup, orange zest, or Dijon mustard. Also, feel free to use lemon juice, red wine vinegar,  r apple cider vinegar instead of white balsamic.
  • Additions. I love this goats cheese salad recipe as is, but other ingredients that would make a great addition include sliced red onion, cherry tomatoes, and blood orange segments.

How to make beetroot and goat’s cheese salad

  1. Roast the beets with olive oil, salt, and pepper on an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet in the oven. You can meal prep and pre-roast them ahead of time and store the roasted beets in the fridge for up to 3 days before making the salad. 
  2. Make a simple salad dressing to top off your roasted beet salad. This balsamic vinaigrette is my go-to and can be made beforehand.
  3. When it’s time to assemble your salad, toast the walnuts (optional, but adds delicious flavor), slice the beets, and place them on top of your favorite leafy greens. Sprinkle on crumbled goat cheese and walnuts, and drizzle on the dressing.
  4. It’s time to eat your yummy roasted beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts!
beet salad with greens, walnuts, and goat cheese in a white bowl with a fork.

What to serve with roasted beetroot and goat’s cheese salad

  • Enjoy this easy salad recipe with my yummy Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Rolls) for a light lunch or dinner.
  • This beetroot and goat’s cheese salad makes a perfect side dish served with your protein of choice. Try a homemade or store-bought rotisserie chicken, my easy Sticky Sesame Salmon recipe, or a roasted pork loin. You can also keep your meal plant-based by adding crispy chickpeas or lentils to the salad. Or by serving it with any of my vegetarian entrees.

Roasted Beetroot & Goat’s Cheese Salad Health & Nutrition

bunches of fresh beets with beet greens

As mentioned, this beetroot and goat’s cheese salad recipe has brain-healthy, vibrant aging nutrients! Let’s take a look at some of the key ingredients.

Beets

  • Key nutrients in beets include vitamins A & K, folate, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
  • Beets may help your cardiovascular health due to their high nitrate content. They are also a delicious addition to the DASH diet to help lower blood pressure.
  • Beet juice is particularly high in nitrate and is used by athletes to help improve exercise performance. Research suggests ingesting beet juice can help increase blood flow to muscles and increase the amount of time one can exercise before becoming exhausted.

Walnuts

  • Walnuts contain more alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based omega-3 essential fatty acid, than any other nut.Β² Other key nutrients in walnuts include protein, fiber, magnesium, and phosphorus.
  • These nutrients help make walnuts a superstar that may protect against heart disease and cancer. In addition, walnuts and other nuts are part of a brain-healthy MIND Diet and may boost cognitive function by helping protect brain cells.
  • Research suggests walnuts may positively impact the gut microbiome by increasing the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
  • In addition, walnuts contain melatonin, an antioxidant with sleep-regulating properties, so the next time you find yourself tossing and turning, you may wish to eat a handful of walnuts instead of counting sheep!

Leafy Greens

  • Eating leafy greens {6 x week} is also a MIND diet recommendation and one of the best ways to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and boost overall brain health.
  • Leafy greens are a good source of potassium which counteracts excess sodium and helps relax your blood vessel walls, which further helps lower blood pressure.
  • You get a double dose of bone-building nutrients in leafy greens-calcium and vitamin K

One serving of beetroot and goat’s cheese salad has ~ 475 calories, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of protein, and 40 grams of fat (most heart-healthy monounsaturated fat). See the recipe card for complete nutrition values.

Roasted beet salad with goat cheese, walnuts, and greens in a white bowl on a wood tray
white bowl with toasted beet salad topped with walnuts and greens.

Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Toasted Walnuts

This Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Toasted Walnuts sure is delicious, nutritious, and so easy to make! The beets and dressing can be made ahead of time, making this a quick and healthy meal to put together at the last minute.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 small to medium beets
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling on beets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 3 cups watercress or seasonal greens of choice
  • 2 ounces goat cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Trim the greens and hard ends off beets and place them on a baking sheet or roasting pan lined with aluminum foil. Drizzle a little olive oil over the beets and sprinkle them with salt and pepper, then fold the aluminum foil around and over the beets to cover them. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until you can easily cut through the beets.
  • Prepare the dressing while the beets are roasting by combining the olive oil, golden balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Set dressing aside.
  • Once beets are done roasting, allow them to cool for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, toast the nuts in the 400 degree oven for 5 minutes, and divide the greens between 2 salad plates. Lightly chop nuts after toasting and set aside.
  • When beets are cool enough to handle. remove the skin, and slice in to circles, ~1/8 inch thick. Divide the beets in half and arrange them in an overlapping circle on top of the greens, then divide the nuts between the two plates, and place them in the middle of the beets. Divide goat cheese in half and crumble over the greens, beets, and walnuts, then drizzle the dressing over the salads and serve.

Notes

Ingredients, Substitutions, and Additions:
  • Beets. I like this beet goat cheese salad with a variety of colorful beets. Red beets. Golden beets. Pink Chioggia beets. Choose whatever beautiful beets you find at the grocery store.Β Β 
  • Goats Cheese. ChΓ¨vre, a creamy soft goats cheese, adds a delicious tangy flavor to this goat cheese salad recipe. Feta cheese would be a lovely addition to this beet salad recipe too!
  • Salad Greens. Try peppery fresh arugula or watercress in this salad. Or, for a milder flavor, baby spinach.
  • Walnuts. Be sure to toast them to bring out the nutty flavor in your crunchy walnuts! Of course, you can make this with other nuts, like pecans, almonds, or pine nuts.Β 
  • Dressing Ingredients. To taste, I keep the dressing super simple with extra virgin olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salt, and fresh ground pepper. Want to fancy it up a bit? Add a hint of maple syrup, orange zest, or Dijon mustard. Also, feel free to use lemon juice, red wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar instead of white balsamic.
  • Additions. I love this goats cheese salad recipe as is, but other ingredients that would make a great addition include sliced red onion, cherry tomatoes, and blood orange segments.
Make Ahead/Meal Prep Tips:
  1. You can meal prep and pre-roast the beets ahead of time, and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days before making the salad. If you’re pressed for time, you can use pre-cooked beets, like the ones in the produce section at Trader Joe’s.
  2. The salad dressing can also be made ahead of time.
Vegan Option: Omit the goat cheese, or substitute it with your favorite tangy vegan cheese. I think Miyoko vegan cheese is very tasty!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 255mg | Potassium: 830mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1975IU | Vitamin C: 29.9mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 2.8mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Mediterranean, Vegan Option, Vegetarian
Keyword fresh beet recipes, healthy beet recipes, roasted beets
Diet Gluten Free, MIND Diet, Vegetarian
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29 Comments

  1. Your cooking is great. This look delicious and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Deena Kakaya says:

    Oh just look at that, so pretty, full of bold colors, flavors and balanced so well. I will have a large plateful please x

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      One large plateful coming your way Deena!!! xoxo

  3. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    I agree, I’ll top almost anything with nuts or cheese for that matter.

  4. EA-The Spicy RD says:

    Oh, my goodness Kate~Thanks so much for the lovely comment-makes my day πŸ™‚ Would love your carrot soup recipe BTW~sounds fabulous with toasted macadamia nuts on top!!!

  5. Kate Scarlata says:

    This salad looks amazing! I have serious nut love. Love nuts {and seeds} on just about everything. They are so good for you too! This past week, I toasted some macadamia nuts to top my carrot soup. WOW…they were so much tastier toasted up….who knew?

    Love your photography EA….beautiful. YOU are an inspiration!

  6. Kristi Rimkus says:

    I’ve noticed that beet salads are often on the menu at our local restaurants and I often order them. This salad looks just like them. Beautiful!

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Kristi! Market Restaurant in San Diego is where I tried my first beet salad, and I have been in love w/ beets ever since!

  7. lovely salad and I look forward to seeing the completed gingerbread house

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Rebecca! Will post photos of the gingerbread house when it is done for sure We just need to get some more frosting first, since the kids keep “tasting” it πŸ™‚

  8. Kim - Liv Life says:

    I have been obsessing on beets lately! I hadn’t had them in years, then had a similar salad at Paon in Carlsbad and now I simply can’t get enough. So glad I popped over here (saw your comment on G+), and I just clicked on the farm link… they have a CSA delivery dropoff less than 2 miles from me. I think I might give it a try!
    Awesome recipe, and wonderful photos too!

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much and so glad you popped over here too Kim πŸ™‚ Joining a CSA has been on my list to do/check out for awhile. Let me know if you join one-I’d love to hear all about it!

  9. Kristen (swanky dietitian) says:

    This salad looks just delicious! And so pretty! πŸ™‚
    I only tried beets on salads until recently and fell in love! They at such a burst of flavor. πŸ™‚

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Kristen! I was quite late to the beet love scene too πŸ™‚

  10. teri@managedmacros says:

    I 110% agree with you! A toasted nut on anything takes it up 3 notches!!! My fav? Walnuts and pistachios to nibble and pecans to cook with. Love your beet salad, especially with the addition of the golden, it make a very festive dish! I LOVE beets, LOVE them! I have never bought watercress, isn’t that odd? I need to give it a whirl. Thanks for yet, ANOTHER amazing post. Happy work week!!

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Teri! The watercress was a spur of the moment decision. I usually make this w/ arugula, but there was none to be found and the watercress looked so crisp and pretty, so I decided to use it. It adds a nice peppery kick just like arugula and it’s loaded w/ nutrients so a perfect “win, win” πŸ™‚

  11. I love beet salad, especially with toasted walnuts. This salad is already on my Christmas menu. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get my beets at a Farmer’s market. They are long gone in Illinois.

    Sending lots of #nutlove your way.

    1. EA-The Spicy RD says:

      Sorry to hear you can’t find any beets in your Farmer’s Market right now πŸ™ Lot’s of #beetlove going your way too!

  12. This looks so good and fresh, wish I had some right now. I love beets and don’t make them enough!!

  13. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says:

    This recipe is singing to me!! I love beet salads!!! Thank you for not posting a cookie recipe. πŸ™‚

  14. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Would you believe I’ve never had beets? They’re one of my husband’s favorite veggies, though, so I really should give them a try. πŸ™‚

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Kiersten πŸ™‚ Do you know I hated beets as a kid & didn’t start liking them until a few years ago??? Definitely give this a try. I think you and your hubby will both love it!

  15. The Candid RD says:

    Oh this sounds so amazing!! One thing I really miss on my low fodmaps diet is beets. I didn’t realize how much I loved them until I had to give them up πŸ™ I do LOVE goat cheese and walnuts though, so this salad could easily be modified. Walnuts are my favorite. Thank you California!!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Sorry you can’t enjoy beets anymore Gina πŸ™ But, you are so right…pretty much any roasted veggie would be delicious with this!

  16. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    I adore beets! The combo of this salad is just beautiful.

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Angie πŸ™‚

  17. Deanna Segrave-Daly says:

    How GORGEOUS are those beets? One of the best veggie combos around (along with the roasting & toasting of course) beets + walnuts + goat cheese.

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Deanna, and I completely agree…beets + goat cheese + walnuts = amazing!!