Roasted Beets, Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad

My mother gifted me a book called Cheesemonger’s Seasons by Chester Hastings, published in 2014. On Amazon, the book doesn’t have great ratings, mostly because readers claim that the cheeses are hard to find. It makes me wonder if these people are familiar with the internet, because I can find just about any cheese I want, at any time, if it’s in season.

This book’s subtitle is “Recipes for Enjoying Cheeses with Ripe Fruits and Vegetables.” Well, that’s my idea of a perfect life, so I knew I’d enjoy the book. I’ve already made watermelon and pecorino salad for the blog. (Outstanding!) And there are many more appealing recipes for both sweet and savory dishes.

The other that stood out that I’m finally making is Roasted Beets and Fresh Strawberries with Orange Syrup and Goat Cheese. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? And I bought Bulgarian feta just for this salad, which I easily found on Igourmet.com. I know, it’s not the same as goat cheese but I haven’t enjoyed it in a while so I had to order it.

From Igourmet: “Tangra Bulgarian Feta, also known as Brindza, is made from pure sheep’s milk from free-grazing ewes in the Rhodope Mountains. The name Tangra comes from ancient Bulgarian mythology, in which a deity named Tangra protected animals and promoted agriculture. Both creamy and crumbly, and not too salty, we are sure you will find it to be one of the best fetas you have ever eaten.”

About this recipe, from the author: “I first experienced the combination of beets and strawberries at the magical Blackberry Farm in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, in a simple salad of pickled beets and strawberries straight from their prolific garden. This coupling makes a wonderful marriage of flavors, and is a visual delight.”

Roasted Beets and Fresh Strawberries with Orange Syrup and Goat Cheese

1 pound of small beets, scrubbed, tops trimmed
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh mandarin juice
2 ounces lamb’s lettuce or watercress (I used a non-descript lettuce)
Freshly cracked black pepper
6 ounces strawberries, hulled, cut into 1/4″ slices
4 ounces fresh soft-ripened goat cheese (I used feta)
Fresh untreated lavender flowers for garnish

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Place the beets in a small roasting pan, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil and toss to coat. Roast for 1 hour, or until a knife pierces through to the center easily.

Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature, then slip the skins off with your fingers, using the tip of a paring knife to help loosen them, if needed. Cut each beet into 8 wedges and set aside. It helps to use a paper towel to remove the peels.

While the beets are roasting, pour the mandarin juice into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the juice is reduced by half and a nice, thick syrup has formed. Pour into a medium bowl and set aside to cool to room temperature.

To assemble the salad, in a large bowl, toss the lamb’s lettuce with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until evenly coated. Divide among individual plates or bowls.

Whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil into the orange syrup and season with salt and pepper.

Add the strawberries and beets to the dressing and stir gently to coat and mix well, then divide among the salads.

Crumble the goat cheese over each serving, dividing it evenly, and drizzle any remaining juices from the dressed beets and strawberries over the salad.

Add a few drops of any leftover orange syrup and some lavender flowers, if desired, for a stunning effect.

This delicious salad would be wonderful as a first course, but I also see it with various proteins for a more substantial salad, namely avocado, smoked duck, or salmon.

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!

38 Comments

  1. Bernadette June 30, 2024 at 6:07 AM - Reply

    This salad looks delicious. It reminded me of a salad I used to eat at a now defunct restaurant. The salad combined your flavors in addition to lentils. Thanks for jogging my memory.

  2. Jeff the Chef June 30, 2024 at 6:09 AM - Reply

    I certainly love your idea of a perfect life! Just throw in some good bread to go with that, and I’m there! I love roasted beets. I don’t make them very often, but I always order a beet salad if it’s on the menu – especially if there’s goat cheese with it. What a great combination. We’re still at the tail end of strawberry season where I live, so I think it’s time I roasted some beets!

  3. Healthy World Cuisine June 30, 2024 at 7:32 AM - Reply

    I would have never thought of putting roasted beets in with strawberries. I bet it is fantastic, especially with the tangy goat cheese to pull the dish together. Love roasted beets!

    • Chef Mimi June 30, 2024 at 11:18 AM - Reply

      I know! It’s an incredible combination!

  4. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen June 30, 2024 at 8:17 AM - Reply

    Beautiful to behold! You can have my share of the beets, but I’ll take everything else!

    • Chef Mimi June 30, 2024 at 11:19 AM - Reply

      Ha! I understand. They always tasted like dirt to me until I grew to love them!

      • Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen June 30, 2024 at 11:28 AM

        I’ve tried! I’ll eat the little chioggia beets, but the big red ones still taste like dirt. But I make them for my husband and try a nibble now and then.

      • Chef Mimi June 30, 2024 at 1:53 PM

        I understand!!!

  5. Kiki June 30, 2024 at 10:11 AM - Reply

    What a wonderful combination! I love fruit & cheese mixes, but I have yet to mix beets with strawberries. Intriguing!

    • Chef Mimi June 30, 2024 at 11:19 AM - Reply

      I’ve never thought of it either! This was spectacular!

  6. Sherry M June 30, 2024 at 2:27 PM - Reply

    I had never thought of putting beetroot and strawberries together but it must be so flavoursome. And it looks beautiful! Hubby doesn’t like the earthy taste of beetroot (except on hamburgers) but I love it!

    • Chef Mimi June 30, 2024 at 6:09 PM - Reply

      Beets on hamburgers???!!! What a crazily incredible idea!!!!! Wow.

  7. Ronit Penso Tasty Eats June 30, 2024 at 4:14 PM - Reply

    This is such a beautiful and tasty salad! I’ve paired roasted beets with cherries before, but not strawberries. Love the idea. As for the cheese – there is also a goat milk Bulgarian feta, which could be very suitable here. :)

    • Chef Mimi June 30, 2024 at 6:10 PM - Reply

      Ah, I think I love every kind of Bulgarian cheese. Yes, this salad is outstanding!

  8. Tandy | Lavender and Lime July 1, 2024 at 3:21 AM - Reply

    I would also use feta, and ditch the strawberries, as I am not a fan of fruit in savoury dishes. BTW, I made the lemon spread using limes yesterday and I plan on using it with chicken this evening :)

    • Chef Mimi July 1, 2024 at 8:15 AM - Reply

      Oh neat! I hope you like it! My husband won’t eat sweet with savory either.

  9. angiesrecipes July 1, 2024 at 10:17 PM - Reply

    Such a colourful and flavourful salad!

    • Chef Mimi July 2, 2024 at 7:42 AM - Reply

      I really did love the color of this dressing! So vibrant.

  10. terrie gura July 2, 2024 at 7:53 AM - Reply

    Mmm, I love goat cheese any which way, but feta is a good option and my husband would actually try it, too. Love how the colors of your salad pop against those green plates. 🤩

    • Chef Mimi July 2, 2024 at 6:25 PM - Reply

      Thanks! The dressing was so pretty!

      • Gerlinde de Broekert July 4, 2024 at 11:24 PM

        This looks fantastic Mimi, I would have never put strawberries with beets. What a great idea,

      • Chef Mimi July 5, 2024 at 6:34 AM

        Me neither. And besides being a pretty combination, it was extremely delicious!

  11. Eva Taylor July 2, 2024 at 11:33 AM - Reply

    I love roast beats but I’ve never thought to pair them with strawberries; the salad looks marvelous and delicious. We get a Greek (from Greece) feta that is made from Sheep and Goats’ milk and it’s so creamy and wonderful, I imagine that Brindza would be similar. Lovely salad.

    • Chef Mimi July 2, 2024 at 6:26 PM - Reply

      Brindza has more of a kick to it, which I love. A tang, I guess. It’s all delicious, though!

  12. Debra July 2, 2024 at 7:26 PM - Reply

    I love the flavor combination. Beets sometimes feel like a bit of work to prepare, but they are so worth it! This salad really appeals to me, Mimi. Yum!

    • Chef Mimi July 2, 2024 at 8:13 PM - Reply

      Thanks! I thought it was pretty incredible!

  13. Ann Coleman July 2, 2024 at 9:09 PM - Reply

    I know I often say that your recipes look delicious, but this one stands above the rest. There’s something about the combination of colors, I think, plus the fact that I appreciate salads much more now than I did when I was young. Thank you!

    • Chef Mimi July 3, 2024 at 6:40 AM - Reply

      And, a salad doesn’t just mean iceberg lettuce anymore! Yay!

  14. Raymund July 2, 2024 at 9:59 PM - Reply

    Your Roasted Beets, Strawberry, and Goat Cheese Salad recipe sounds absolutely delightful! It’s a perfect blend of sweet, tangy, and savory flavors, enhanced by the unique combination of ingredients.

    • Chef Mimi July 3, 2024 at 6:40 AM - Reply

      It was fabulous, Raymund. Thank you!

  15. Ben | Havocinthekitchen July 3, 2024 at 4:22 PM - Reply

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried a combination of beets and strawberries (although had so many unique pairings), and this sounds absolutely wonderful!

    • Chef Mimi July 3, 2024 at 7:18 PM - Reply

      Oh, it really was a beautiful pairing of flavors and textures!!!

  16. David Scott Allen July 5, 2024 at 2:31 PM - Reply

    Just beautiful! Fresh flavors — bright, dark, tart. Thanks.

    • Chef Mimi July 5, 2024 at 3:19 PM - Reply

      This was so good!

  17. David @ Spicedblog July 8, 2024 at 5:30 AM - Reply

    Oh I have heard such great things about Blackberry Farm! Laura is a HUGE fan of roasted beets + goat cheese, but I don’t think we’ve ever made anything like that mandarin orange syrup. Great idea!!

    • Chef Mimi July 8, 2024 at 6:52 AM - Reply

      It turned out to be an amazing recipe! I loved all of the components.

  18. Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons July 15, 2024 at 11:34 AM - Reply

    I would never have thought of beets and strawberries, but they are gorgeous together.

    • Chef Mimi July 15, 2024 at 11:47 AM - Reply

      Me, too. But it really works well!

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