Pickled beet salad with apples and goat cheese

If you took a poll on what is the least liked vegetable, you probably would receive the usual suspects: Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and maybe even beets. It’s a shame the beautiful garnet colored tuber gets such a bad wrap. Usually people don’t care for beets because they have had them canned, and I would agree, there are some dreadful canned beets out there.

Of course cooking them fresh almost guarantees your beet eating experience will be lovelier, but not everyone is willing to go that far. So on my Fabulous Food Finds hunt this week I tracked down a most delightfully tasty jarred beet that can hold it’s own against the fresh.

Ricks Picks Phat Beets are pickled beets infused with aromatic spices such as ginger and have it all over the boring, washed-out taste of almost any other canned beet I’ve tried. Paired in this healthy, pretty salad you might just have another vegetable to add to your “like” list!


1/3 cup chopped walnuts
3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1 large Braeburn, Fuji or Gala apple, thinly sliced,unpeeled
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2-3 Tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
4 cups mixed greens
1 ( 15 ounce) jar Ricks Picks Phat Beets
2 ounces goat cheese, cut into small pieces

1. Add the walnuts to a medium skillet over medium heat. Toast the walnuts for about 2-3 minutes. Add the maple syrup and cook and stir until the nuts are evenly coated. Remove the walnuts form the skillet onto a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper to dry. Set aside.

2. Meanwhile, toss the sliced apples and lemon juice together in a small bowl. Set aside.

3. Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

4. To assemble the salad: Divide the mixed greens among 4 salad plates. Arrange the Ricks Picks Phat Beets and apples over the greens. Drizzle the dressing over the greens, beets and apples. Sprinkle with the candied walnuts and pieces of goat cheese.

All photographs and recipe testing by Olga Berman from Mango & Tomato.

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One Response to “Pickled beet salad with apples and goat cheese”

  1. Nancye Says:

    Instead of using dairy, what else can I use as a replacement? I refuse to eat dairy when so much killing of baby male calves, bobby’s we call them here in Australia to make it a necessity to drink milk, such a cruel industry, however any type of killing is cruel, I’m talking animals. Sorry just a ‘pet beef’ of mine. However I just wonder whether a nice Daiya Cheese could be used instead or a nut cheese? We can’t get the Daiya Cheese product in Australia, which is so sad, as we are lead to believe it’s one of the best Vegan Cheese made to date, so we have to go with whatever is available, but I’m not a Soy based food fan, being allergic to it. So just wondering about another source instead of using Dairy? I suppose I could use slithered almonds; maybe? Thanks for listening, and I await your reply…

    Nancye Smith – Australia…

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