I’ve written about not being a big salad person in a past salad recipe blog; unless it’s packed with tons of things to keep me interested enough to eat it let alone finish it. This particular salad recipe would leave me sounding incredibly hypocritical. But, I’m gonna have to say there are very few exceptions to the rule. Mainly because it has HERB GOAT CHEESE IN IT!!!
As much as I’m not into chain restaurants or chain anything for that matter; this salad was inspired by the French Country Salad from one of my few favorite chain restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory. I’ve been holding myself back from sharing this tasty re-creation because a lot of people don’t like beets. But I have to tell you, there’s something about the candied pecans and the herbaceous, creamy flavors of the goat cheese that merry so well with earthy beets. You just have to try it to understand. I could not get past the dirty taste of beets for so long until I came across this salad. I’m very thankful the waitress forgot to tell the kitchen to omit the beets when I ordered it or I’d be here today still loathing it.
Yet again, another simple, fresh, clean and satisfying dish that isn’t roughage alone. And get this, dairy from goats is naturally lactose free. And a much healthier alternative to cow derived dairy products! Here’s the Roasted Tarragon Asparagus that is called for in this recipe!
BEET & GOAT CHEESE SALAD
In a small bowl whisk all of the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
Toss all the salad ingredients into a large salad bowl, crumble the goat cheese on top with your fingers, slowly drizzle the dressing over the top and gently fold everything together.