Beetroot and goat's cheese salad with a knife and fork

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This beetroot and goat’s cheese salad is great to be enjoyed in both the summer and the winter. Warm roasted beetroot tossed with walnuts and creamy goats cheese and drizzled in a balsamic-mustard dressing. Divine!


You need just a few simple ingredients for this salad. For a full list with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Beetroot and goat's cheese salad ingredients

For the salad

  • Beetroot – peeled and sliced into eighths
  • Rocket/arugula
  • Shelled walnuts, roughly chopped
  • Red apple – any kind of apple will work so pick your favourite! You can simply slice the apple into thin pieces, or to be extra fancy, use a mandolin to slice very thinly and then fan out on top of the salad.
  • Goat’s cheese log – make sure to buy a log rather than the spreadable stuff. If you buy it with the rind on then remove that first

For the dressing

  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar – use a good quality vinegar as this will really affect the taste
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey

How to make it

Recipe steps
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
  2. Lay the peeled and sliced beetroot on a baking tray and drizzle with oil and season well. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Whisk all the salad ingredients together
  4. When the beetroot is cooked, prepare the remaining ingredients and everything on top of the rocket on a plate.
  5. Drizzle over the salad dressing and serve.


There are a few variations and substitutions you can make to mix things up a little with this salad:

  • For a salty substitution, you can swap the goat’s cheese for crumbled feta.
  • Spinach or mixed lettuce leaves work really well in place of the rocket/arugula.
  • For an extra sweet salad, swap the apples for sliced pears.
  • For added fruity goodness you can also include some berries – blueberries work really well.
  • If you want to add some meat then some crispy bacon is a fantastic addition.

Can you make it in advance?

This salad is very much best prepared at the time of serving to keep everything fresh. However, you can prepare elements of it in advance to make it quicker to put together at the time.

The beetroot can be cooked ahead of time. You can either then add it cold or warm it up in the oven quickly. The walnuts can also be chopped in advance and the dressing whisked together and kept, sealed, in the fridge.

Don’t prepare the apple until you are ready to serve as it will go brown. Also, keep the beetroot separate from the other elements before preparing or it could dye things purple!

Dressing being poured on beetroot and goats cheese salad

What can I serve it with?

This salad is perfect served on its own as a light dinner or tasty lunch. However if you want to make it a little more substantial you can add some crispy bread as a side dish.

This also works really well as a side dish. As its fairly flavoursome in itself it goes well with dishes that need some added interest. A grilled chicken breast or some baked fish are great ideas.

Can I use ready-cooked beetroot?

You can absolutely use pre-cooked beetroot for this recipe and, if you’re short on time, it can be a lifesaver. However, the texture won’t be quite the same as roasting them as they won’t have that lightly crisp skin on them, but it’s a fair trade off.

If you buy ready-cooked beetroot then find a variety that hasn’t been soaked in vinegar, as this will add a lot of sharp acidity to the salad. And, whatever you do, don’t use the pickled stuff in jars.

Quick tip – whether you use pre-cooked or prepare your own beetroot, use gloves when slicing or peeling it to stop it from staining your hands (which takes hours to get off).

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Beetroot and goat's cheese salad on a plate with dressing

Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Salad

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This beetroot and goat’s cheese salad is served warm and perfect for both hot weather and cooler days. Served with a balsamic, honey and mustard dressing.

The default recipe serves one.



For the salad:

  • 1 small beetroot (around 150g / 5.3oz whole)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large handful rocket/arugula
  • 15g / 5 halves shelled walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 small red apple, top and bottom cut off, halved, seeds removed and then sliced very thinly (use a mandolin if you have one)
  • 30g goat’s cheese log

For the dressing

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
  2. Wash, peel and slice the beetroot into 8 pieces. Place on a baking tray and drizzle with the olive oil and season well. Place in the oven for around 30 minutes or until tender.
  3. Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl or jar.
  4. When the beetroot is nearly ready, prepare the apple, rocket and walnuts and arrange on a plate on top of the rocket/arugula. Top with the beetroot and crumble over the goat’s cheese.
  5. Serve with the dressing drizzled on top.


  1. You can substitute the rocket/arugula for any kind of lettuce leaves you prefer
  2. Ideally choose a goat’s cheese without rind, as this is not ideal for crumbling over a salad, or remove the rind first. 
  3. Use gloves when handling the beetroot to avoid getting stained hands! 
  4. If you want to use pre-cooked beetroot then find some that aren’t soaked in vinegar or pickled as this will affect the taste of the salad. 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: British


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 495
  • Fat: 35g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Protein: 12g

Keywords: salad, healthy, vegetarian, cheese, beetroot, apple, lunch, dinner, side

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