Spinach and Beet Salad with Goat Cheese


I never used to be a salad person. I would eat it and enjoy it, but I never really sought it out or really appreciated it. It wasn’t until I couldn’t eat salad that I started to crave it and get more creative with salad. Crohn’s has kept me away from raw vegetables on and off at different spurts in my life. So here I am now, Crohn’s free, and taking full advantage of this lull in my life. Summer has come on with full force and with that, we have some beautiful veggies showing up in the markets. Baby spinach is one of my favorite greens. You may have noticed that it shows up in some of my favorite dishes.

Since it’s summer time, I like to eat more fresh dishes that don’t require heating up the house.

I think it was my sister that introduced me to this Spinach and Beet Salad with Chèvre and Walnuts. I ate it on one of my visits back home to Minneapolis. Since then, I order this salad on whatever menu I see it on. I decided to make it myself. I had recently received some beautiful beets in the CSA and I had everything else in the fridge.

The spinach I used in this salad was prewashed and ready to go. I roasted some beets and I toasted some walnuts in the oven.

I served the salad with a red wine, basil  and shallot vinaigrette that I quickly whipped up in my Cuisinart Mini-Prep processor.


Spinach and Beet Salad with Goat Cheese
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
  • 1 small bunch of beets (about 4-5 small beets)
  • 1 bag of pre-washed baby spinach
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • goat cheese (Chèvre)
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Trim off the ends of the beets and place in foil. Sprinkle olive oil over the beets and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap in the foil.
  3. Roast the beets in the oven for about 40 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and cool.
  5. While the beets cool, place the walnuts on some foil and toast in the oven for about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and cool.
  7. When cooled down, slice the beets thinly.
  8. Layer the salad - first the spinach, then the beets, then the onions and walnuts, then the goat cheese.
  9. Sprinkle on a dressing of your choice. I would recommend a red wine vinaigrette.


Red Wine, Basil and Shallot Vinaigrette
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 15 basil leaves
  • 5 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  1. Place everything except for the olive oil in to the food processor.
  2. Start blending the mixture.
  3. Slowly pour in the olive oil and let the mixture emulsify.
  4. Transfer dressing to a container.
  5. Enjoy on your favorite salad.



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  1. yummy! i love beets and i love goat cheese

  2. I’ve made this salad many times (without the spinach) and it contains to be a favorite. Delicious!

  3. Alison @ Alibabka says

    Favorite combo of beets and goat cheese!

  4. This looks delicious! Salads are one of the few ways I really enjoy beets.


  5. Vicky and Ruth says

    Now this is our kind of salad. Fresh full of color and with cheese! Sooo good!

  6. melindakitchentested says

    I love this salad! Those beets are beautiful! I would probably use feta instead of goat cheese…but only because I don’t really like goat cheese 🙂

  7. I find beets so purifying…

  8. Whit @ jewhungry.wordpress.com says

    Oy! Crohn’s. I’m so sorry! The worst, especially for a foodie. Hang in there Hindy.

  9. Chanie@BusyInBrooklyn says

    I’m a huge fan of beets in salad – this sounds a great way to enjoy them!

  10. Yum, this makes me want to go buy some beets.

  11. Shoshana Ohriner says

    Yum! I love the combination of beets and goat cheese.

  12. LilMissCakes says

    This is gorgeous, I love a good beet salad, nice job!

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