Beetroot, goat's cheese & tarragon salad

Beetroot, goat's cheese & tarragon salad

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(7 ratings)

Takes 1 hour, including 30 minutes boiling


Serves 6
A fresh way to sereve beetroot that counts as one of your 5-a-day. A great winter salad.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal200
  • fat16g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.64g
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  • 6 raw medium beetroot, about the size of a tangerine (a couple of different varieties, if you can get them)



    A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…

  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 5 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 250g soft fresh goat's cheese
  • 1 handful fresh tarragon leaves



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

  • small bunch watercress, picked into small sprigs



    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…


  1. Wash the beetroot and put them in a pan of salted water with the white wine vinegar. Boil for 30-40 minutes or until tender - when pricked with a skewer there should be no resistance. Drain and leave to cool slightly, then peel - wear a pair of washing up gloves to stop your hands from turning pink.

  2. Cut each beetroot in half and then into wedges and arrange on a large platter. Drizzle the warm beetroot with half the balsamic vinegar and half the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 3 Just before serving, break the goat’s cheese into pieces over the beetroot and sprinkle on the tarragon, watercress and remaining vinegar and oil.

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10th Oct, 2017
Beautiful salad, I just serve it with a plate of lettuce leaves for a light lunch. Will try the walnut tip next time.
6th Oct, 2016
Really amazing, simple salad. I always add walnuts now and they're a great addition.
12th Oct, 2013
Sexy salad!
10th Aug, 2011
Great use of beetroot and delicious with a juicy grilled steak. I snip the tarragon leaves and leave out the watercress. As a previous review stated I also use a little less balsamic vinegar. Easy and quick and every time I serve it disappears quickly.
29th Aug, 2009
I used feta and added blanched green beans - scrummy
12th Apr, 2009
Delish, even better with a handful of roughly chopped walnuts. Slightly too vinegary for me so held back a bit, highly recommended.
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