Beet Salad with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 8 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 20 min
  • Cook: 28 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 bunches medium beets, (about 1 1/2 pounds) tops trimmed

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons 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


  1. 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.
  2. Whisk the vinegar with salt and pepper, to taste, in a large bowl. Whisk in the 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.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and oven-toast, stirring once, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Cool.
  4. 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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