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Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Pears and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette


Recipe provided through Masbia’s Emergency Trailer Drive. See below for details.   Fried goat cheese rounds are a special touch in this salad of contrasts.  All other salad components can be prepared ahead and stored separately until serving time.  If you need to prepare the fried goat cheese rounds in advance, refresh uncovered in a single layer in a 350-degree oven for five to eight minutes before serving.   Serves 6-8 appetizers or 10-12 mini-salads   We have an incredibly talented lineup of chefs bringing you their very best fried Chanukah recipes. Follow along as we bring you new recipes and videos to enjoy and make with your family and friends.   To watch Naomi’s takeover, click HERE.


Prepare the Beets

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Prepare two large pieces of tin foil, one on top of the other.  Place beets in the center of the foil layers.  Drizzle oil over the tops and sprinkle with kosher salt.  Gather the tin foil around the beets and close to form a tightly sealed pouch.  Place pouch on a baking sheet and roast for at least one hour, or until the beets are tender when pierced with a fork.  When tender, remove from oven and cool (this can be prepared in advance).
3. When cool, gently peel or scrape away skin from beets so that you are left with the inner red flesh (the skins should slip off effortlessly).  Halve beets, and cut into 1/2-inch slices.  Set aside.

Prepare the Goat Cheese Medallions

1. Using unflavored floss (or thin kitchen string), gently prepare thin slices of goat cheese by holding the floss ends in each hand and slice downwards through the goat cheese with the floss.
2. Carefully dredge each slice in beaten egg, then bread crumbs.  Transfer breaded cheese rounds to waxed paper and refrigerate until ready to fry.
3. Heat canola oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.  When oil is hot and shimmering, fry cheese rounds until golden brown, turning once – about one to two minutes per side.  Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

Prepare the Meyer Lemon-Honey Dressing

Yield: about 1/2 cup

1. Combine all ingredients except oil together in a small mixing bowl.  Whisk to blend.
2. Continue to whisk while slowly pouring in a stream of oil.  Whisk until well blended and emulsified. Season to taste with more salt and pepper as needed.

To Assemble

1. Toss baby spinach leaves with about half the Meyer Lemon-Honey Dressing in a large mixing bowl until lightly coated with dressing.
2. Divide greens amongst salad plates; arrange sliced beets and pears in an alternating pattern around the perimeter of the plate, then add a sprinkling of minced red onion.  Drizzle a little more dressing over salad.
3. Place one to two goat cheese rounds in the center of the beets and pears. Garnish with a sprinkling of nuts.  Season to taste with a few grinds of black pepper and serve immediately.


This recipe is provided through Masbia’s Emergency Trailer Drive. Masbia Soup Kitchen Network’s COVID-19 Relief Mobilization started in the beginning of March and is battling this historic food crisis with 500% more emergency food than before the outbreak. At the current rate, over twelve tractor trailer loads are given out every single week to the people standing on those unprecedented breadlines. Please consider sponsoring food during this historic food emergency.