Beet Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese


  • 2 bunches medium beets, (about 1 1⁄2 pounds, tops trimmed)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 bunch arugula, trimmed and torn
  • 1/2 medium head escarole, torn
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, (preferably aged goat cheese) crumbled


Put the beets in a saucepan with water to cover and season generously with salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes. When the beets are cool enough to handle, peel them–the skins should slide right off with a bit of pressure from your fingers. If they don’t, use a paring knife to scrape off any bits that stick. Cut each beet into bite- sized wedges.

Whisk the vinegar with salt and pepper, to taste, in a large bowl. Whisk in the extra virgin olive oil in a slow steady stream to make a dressing. Toss the cut beets in the dressing. Set aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and oven- toast, stirring once, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Cool.

Toss the arugula and escarole with the beets and divide among 4 plates. Scatter the walnuts and goat cheese on top. Serve.


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