Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Every summer brings a new favourite salad recipe for me, and this is the 2016 winner. Full of my favourite ingredients (arugula! goat cheese! roasted beets!) it's one I've enjoyed several times already this summer. Whether I serve it as a salad entree on a warm evening, or take to work for a healthy lunch, it's a terrific addition to my regular rotation!

Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

(inspired by Half Baked Harvest and Barefoot Contessa)

1/4 cup olive oil
4 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp kosher salt

6 golden beets
1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
juice of half an orange

2 1/2 cups dry rotini or other short pasta
6 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled
2 small zucchini (preferably one green and one yellow), halved lengthwise and sliced into thin half moons
2 ears corn, or 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
2 cups arugula, lightly packed

Combine the vinaigrette ingredients and store in the fridge until ready to use.

For the beets, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the tops and roots of the beets and peel them with a vegetable peeler. Cut the beets in 8 segments, and toss with olive oil and salt. Roast for 40 minutes, turning once or twice with a spatula to ensure they're evenly cooked. Remove from oven and toss immediately with balsamic vinegar and orange juice.

For the salad, prepare rotini according to package directions.

If using ears of corn, boil for 1-2 minutes then remove corn from ears. If using frozen corn, boil for 1 minute.

Crumble the goat cheese in a large bowl, and add the hot pasta. Add vinaigrette and combine until the goat cheese has melted. Add zucchini, corn and arugula. Add beets on top, and serve warm or at room temperature


Angie's Recipes said...

Haven't seen golden beet here yet..this salad looks fantastic, Beth.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

This could become MY new favorite salad, too! I'm such a beet lover---and I never have to share!!

Monica said...

I can absolutely understand why this dish with be a summer favorite of yours. It sounds like something I could eat endlessly as well!

Abbe@This is How I Cook said...

This had all my faves in it! Sounds like a good one to have on hand. Of course with this available, I would always make sure I'm hungry!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

I always have a fruit and veggie of the summer too, so funny. Love everything about this salad Beth, love beets!!

That Girl said...

This is always my favorite summer salad also!

Unknown said...

I haven't seen golden beet before, but I will have to look for them. Because this salad looks so tasty and healthy and I can't wait to try this. :)


Pam said...

Sounds delicious, and I need to buy some golden beets. I've never had them before. Thanks for the post!

Katerina said...

I haven't seen any golden beets around here! The salad looks perfect! I will have to check!

Inger @ Art of Natural Living said...

This is a truly marvelous salad Beth! It uses so many of the vegetables in my refrigerator right now and with the pasta, would satisfy my husband. Definitely on my list (though I'll need to go with red beets)!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Oh, wow, what a neat dish! Beets and goat cheese are wonderful together. But you've taken the pairing to a whole 'nother level -- this is wonderful. Thanks!

Marcelle said...

Beth, I've never tried roasted beets, but this sure looks like a delicious salad. So, I'm definitely going to picking up some fresh beets on my next shopping trip and I can't wait to try this! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

I love roasted beets - but I've never done the golden ones. I'll have to try this combination!

Cakelaw said...

This sounds fabulous Beth! I adore beetroot and goats cheese, so this would be a wonderful summer salad.

Tricia Buice said...

This is certainly a perfect summer salad! I love roasted beets in salads. Have a great weekend!

grace said...

i don't know if it's all in my head, but i tend to like golden beets a lot better than red ones! i love your combination of ingredients--this is a great way to use up some garden goodies!

Haddock said...

I always like to experiment with salads and this could turn out to be my fav as there is zucchini in it.

Julie said...

Beautiful and all of my favorite flavors. I so wish we could enjoy this delicious fresh produce all year long.

Beth said...

Me too, Julie! The season is so short, so I always have to make the most of it.

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

I totally missed this gorgeous salad! I was eyeing the beets in the market this week---now I'm regretting I didn't bring any home! Have a wonderful weekend, Beth!

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