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Spring Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Walnuts

Spring Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Toasted Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette from aggieskitchen.com #ThinkFisher

(This Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Walnuts is sponsored by Fisher Nuts.)

Is it safe to say spring has sprung everywhere yet? I always have a bit of spring guilt here in Florida. Technically our best “spring” weather is back in January and February and even March when the rest of the country is freezing. By mid April we are starting to see the 90s…just the other day our heat index was (wait for it…) 101 degrees! What in the world. It’s a bit early for triple digit heat indexes but I won’t complain ever. #ILoveFlorida

With warmer spring weather comes cravings for warm weather food, am I right? Salads, salads and more salads. Some grilling too. This is my favorite food season of the year, though I think spring food and summer food are very closely tied. This April Produce Guide caught my eye the other day and inspired this Spring Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Walnuts – beets, arugula and citrus all scream spring, don’t they? Topping your salad with goat cheese, walnuts and a homemade Toasted Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette is never a bad thing either, whatever month or season we are in.

Spring Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Walnuts from aggieskitchen.com #ThinkFisher

I have a hard time not adding nuts to any salad I’m making. Nuts and cheese tend to make the salad that much better don’t you agree? For this Beet and Goat Cheese Salad I wanted to add hearty and earthy walnuts to it. I even toasted some up to add some extra flavor to the vinaigrette.

Spring Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Toasted Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette from aggieskitchen.com #ThinkFisher

Serve this salad with anything grilled and you have yourself a wonderful, light spring meal. And let’s be honest, whether you are a beet lover or not (I personally love beets!), how pretty are all the colors in this salad?? So good for you! If you aren’t accustomed to cooking beets yourself, I did find a very convenient package of precooked organic beets at Costco recently and have loved having them on hand.

Spring Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Toasted Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette from aggieskitchen.com #ThinkFisher

Have a great week!

Print Recipe

Spring Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Walnuts

Yield: about 2-4 servings, depending on what you are serving with

Ingredients:

For the Salad:

  • 5 oz arugula
  • 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 cooked beets, cut into strips
  • 1 large orange, segmented
  • 1/4 cup Fisher Walnut Halves and Pieces, rough chopped

For the Toasted Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup light oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Fisher Walnut Halves and Pieces, finely chopped and toasted
  • juice from segmented orange used in salad (about 1/4 cup)
  • big pinch coarse salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. On a large salad plate, layer arugula, goat cheese, beets and segmented oranges. Season lightly with a pinch of coarse salt and fresh ground pepper.
  2. In a small jar, combine oil, vinegar, toasted chopped walnuts and orange juice. Add a pinch of coarse salt and pepper and shake vigorously until well combined. Serve with salad.

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Enjoy these spring inspired recipes from Chef Alex Guarnaschelli using Fisher Nuts:

Arugula and Curried Pecan Salad

Almond and Asparagus Crusted Grouper

Spring Toasted Almond Fruit Salad

 

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17 Responses to “Spring Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Walnuts”

  1. Rachel Cooks posted April 20, 2015 at 7:31 am

    This is a dreamy salad! I could eat this daily!

    Spring has sprung in MI but then it disappeared again. Today it is cool and rainy and dark. 🙁 Certainly not in the 90’s! Wow!

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted April 20, 2015 at 8:57 am

    You can never go wrong with beets and goat cheese!!! Spring HAS sprung!! All of our daffodils are blooming and the trees are starting to bud.. I love that everything is so GREEN!!

  3. Julia posted April 20, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I made a beet salad the other day and remembered how much I love them! This looks great Aggie!

  4. Amy @Very Culinary posted April 20, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    It’s in the 80’s where I am, so bring on the gorgeous salads like this one!

  5. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek posted April 20, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    We’ve been near 80 degree weather here in Oregon this past week (very unusual for us) and this salad just screams to me “Make me now.” I love all the parts so I’m sure I will love the sum of all the parts. 🙂

  6. Gaby posted April 20, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    This salad is right up my alley, so pretty!!!

  7. sheila posted April 20, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    This salad looks perfect. I love beets!

  8. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted April 20, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I believe that every salad deserves some kind of nut for extra flavor, crunch, and saltiness. Beautiful salad, Aggie!

  9. Erica posted April 21, 2015 at 6:41 am

    How gorgeous! I love beets. And the idea of adding the nutty-ness to the dressing is just perfect. Yayy for Summer weather 😉

  10. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer posted April 22, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Aggie, this looks fabulous. I love beets, but you already knew that. LOL Great combo!

  11. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen posted April 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I always have a bit of weather guilt here in Northern CA as well. We are in a serious drought which makes me feel even worse for worshiping the sun so much! I think I could live on beets, goat cheese, and walnuts. This is a gorgeous salad and perfect for me!

  12. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen posted April 22, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Great combination of flavors and walnuts are my favorite in salads!

  13. Cookin Canuck posted April 23, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    101 degrees?! I think this Canadian-born girl would melt in Florida in the spring and summer. This gorgeous looks like the perfect thing for a hot day when you just don’t feel like cooking.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted April 28, 2015 at 8:39 am

      yea, it gets ridiculous at times. I guess we adjust! And eat a lot of salads! 🙂

  14. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen posted April 24, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I remember distinctly hating Florida’s lack of seasons when we lived there and it making me so homesick for NY. Now, after the miserable winters we’ve had in NY for the past couple of years, I want to punch myself in the face for ever thinking that way! But spring has definitely showed its face and I’m so excited to start eating ALL the salads (like this one)!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted April 28, 2015 at 8:38 am

      So funny because I know I’ve complained about the lack of seasons, the heat, the humidity etc. But when I see those miserable winter pictures all over social media I realize how lucky I am and I make myself shut up! I can only imagine how you must feel the minute spring hits! Enjoy 🙂

  15. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted May 1, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    This is a beautiful salad, so colorful! And that dressing, YUM!

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