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Tons of Flavor + Easy Prep Makes This the Best Beet Wedge Salad Recipe Ever

When you’re looking for a side dish that’s simple enough to whip up for weeknight dinners yet special enough to serve to company, our beet wedge salad is just the thing. This versatile, tasty salad features a from-scratch orange vinaigrette with just the right amount of tang to complement the hearty beets, plus walnuts for crunch and goat cheese for a creamy crumble. This salad gives a gorgeous presentation, too, with the jewel-toned beets nestled on a bed of dark greens topped with the walnuts, goat cheese and orange zest. Even better? It’s on the table in just 20 minutes! 

Not sure what to look for when buying beets? Choose those on the smaller side with firm, smooth skins. This indicates that they are more likely to be tender. Also, avoid beets with wilted leaves (a sign that they’ve been there a while) and instead pick those with fresh crisp leaves.  

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6 serving

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  • 1½ lbs. small red and/or golden beets, trimmed
  • ⅓ cup halves and pieces walnuts
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp. grated orange zest + additional
  • 6 cups baby arugula or baby spinach (about 3 oz.)
  • ⅓ cup sliced red onion
  • 2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled


• In batches, transfer beets to microwave-safe bowl; add 1⁄4 cup water. Cover loosely with paper towels. Microwave until tender, 8-10 min. per batch; cool. Peel; cut into wedges.

• Heat skillet over medium heat. Add walnuts; cook, stirring, until golden, 2-3 min. Remove from skillet; cool. 

• In bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, zest, 1⁄4 tsp. salt and 1⁄4 tsp. pepper. Just before serving, arrange greens on serving platter. Top with beets, onion and goat cheese. Sprinkle with walnuts; drizzle with dressing. Garnish with additional orange zest.


  • Calories: 202
  • Fat: 15 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 4 gram
  • Protein: 7 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 13 gram
  • Fiber: 3 gram
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg
  • Sugar: 10 gram
  • Sodium: 124 mg
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