I can attest that some things are an acquired taste! At least this has been my experience with beets—something I rarely make, until now! Several years ago, I started ordering beet salads at restaurants whenever one looked especially good, in the hopes that I would eventually warm up to the earthy flavor of beets. They are easy to grow here in NC and are so pretty once they’re roasted, so I thought it would be a fun thing to add into the mix (if I only liked them!). Well, it took a while, but I finally got there. And I have to say, they’re particularly tasty paired with goat cheese, especially when that goat cheese is breaded and pan-fried, and it’s all topped off with an orange citrus dressing. Yum!
Roasting beets is super easy. I just wrap them loosely in foil and bake at 400 degrees F until tender when pierced with a fork (takes about an hour for me). Once they’ve cooled, the skin just peels right off, and you can slice, dice, or just bite right into one—if you want, ha! Be careful though, because they can get messy!
I cut mine up in small chunks for this recipe because while one child of mine likes them, the other does not. I figure if they’re small enough they’ll be harder for her to pick out, and maybe she’ll eventually decide she’s now on #teambeet like me! :)
This is definitely a salad I’m going to make again and again. What a treat from the usual!
4 thoughts on “Warm Breaded Goat Cheese & Beet Salad with an Orange Dressing”
Can you use panko crumbs instead of bread crumbs?
My family and I had this with a classic pasta recipe we eat all the time. It was the perfect compliment! I used spinach and purple kale for the mixed greens which was delicious. I really appreciate what you guys have done here. Please keep up the good work
I’m with you on the beets, I never ate them as a child. Ignoring the mess (which can end up in you and the kitchen looking like there’s been a murder), grate carrot, then apple, then beetroot into a bowl. Add the juice of an orange, and mix it all up. Great child friendly way to serve extra veggies!
Thanks for the tip! – Nicole