Blood Orange, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

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By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on April 11, 2011

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you may have noticed that salads are featured pretty often here on the Table.

There are  reasons for that.

You see, I really love salads. I love  the creativity of salads – the  endless combinations of ingredients, textures and flavors. I love getting salty, sweet, spicy and crunchy ALL in one bite. I love that   unlike braises, stews and some other dishes,  salads are appealing year round and I think they are one of the tastiest ways to get your veggies! So, I am sure you aren’t surprised to find that there is a salad in my  line up of easy, make ahead dishes for Spring entertaining.

Now, this isn’t a “new” salad by any stretch of the imagination – beets and citrus with goat cheese has been gracing restaurant menus and food magazines for years. Just for grins I did a “google” search for beet and citrus salad and got a little over 83,000 hits – so this combination is definitely not “new” – but it is definitely delicious!

I’ve been making a variation of this salad for years and saw it once again in “Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce” and liked that this recipe used blood oranges and golden beets which makes for a truly stunning color combination. If you can’t find blood oranges, navel oranges are a great substitute  and look gorgeous with deep red beets and would look spectacular with Chioggia beets. Like pretty much everything in my  Spring entertaining line up, this salad can be made ahead so it’s perfect for just about any Spring celebration!

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer April 11, 2011 at 9:23 am

hi nancy! great meeting you this weekend – this salad looks delicious / love blood oranges – i’ll have to try it out!


Nancy April 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Hi Jennifer,

It was great to meet you too!! I think you’ll like the salad!!


Amanda April 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I had to giggle reading your post… I think you think about salads the way I think about cakes. And I think you need to rub off on me more!!! :)


Esi April 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm

What a beautiful salad!


Maria April 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Gorgeous salad. Love the colors!


sippitysup April 11, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I musta missed a big day in the OC! I keep reading about Melissa’s, first the tour. Now a cookbook. You may have gotten some inspiration from the cookbook. But this salad is all you. I have eaten a similar version from your hands before. Yummy memory. GREG


naomi April 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Nancy, I love all your salads. They are always so bright and colorful in flavor and aesethetics! i’m loving this flavor combination!


marla {family fresh cooking} April 12, 2011 at 5:55 am

Such a delightful & light spring/summer salad. Love those blood oranges. xo


paul jennette April 12, 2011 at 7:47 am

Great dish, what colors!! This one is going on my Easter table, it’s perfect for the occasion. Bright vibrant colors!


Priscilla - She's Cookin' April 12, 2011 at 11:03 am

Love the vibrant colors and fresh flavors and the delicate micro greens adorn it beautifully! Yes, it would be wonderful for Easter – thanks, Paul :) Easter is just around the corner and since Chloe won’t be home, I haven’t really given it much thought!


Barbara | VinoLuciStyle April 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm

So beautiful…I have yet to make my own beets; I’m still a bit stuck in not liking the canned variety but I so want to try this combination. I can just feel it would change everything. Did you take that pic on the floor? :)


Kate April 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm

How pretty ! I could eat that all year round !


Alli April 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Wow! I made a salad last week with similar components and it tasted great but, it looked NOTHING like yours. This salad is beyond gorgeous.


Lentil Breakdown April 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Like Sippity Sup said, I have had a similar (almost identical!) salad from your hands and loved every glance and bite! Beets and oranges are one of my favorite combos.


Lynne @ CookandBeMerry April 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Your salad has such beautiful colors and I love those little wispy greens on the top. So Pretty.


blogbytina! April 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

This dish is so pretty! Its like a party on a plate


Magic of Spice April 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

This looks fantastic, love the combination of beets with blood orange :)


Jaime (Sophistimom) April 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I love this. Especially the beets. And the goat cheese. And the blood oranges.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Nancy, this looks wonderful and beautiful! Great flavors, and great photography!

It was wonderful meeting you and please keep in touch and if you know of any local-ish events for photography, meetups, etc, please let me know!


Kim April 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Nancy – who cares if it’s not original? I agree that the flavor combinations are wonderful. We’re just about to plant another row of beets. Need to make sure I get some golden ones in there.

Question – If I wanted to pair that salad with a soup, what would you recommend?!



Emily (Roots+Platters) May 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Oh, holy color! This is beautiful! And this flavor combination is to die for! I agree that salads are a terrific way to be creative – you’ve really accomplished that with this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!

And I echo Kim’s question: What soup pairing would you recommend? :)


Nancy May 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Hi Emily!!

Aww…. so glad you liked the salad!! As for a soup, I think a potato leek soup would go very nicely with this!!


Judy at 2 Broads Abroad June 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

This looks absolutely delish!! I can’t wait to make it this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration.


Nancy June 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Hi Judy!!

I hope you like it!!!


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