Sweet Beet & Heat Salad

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For our first wedding anniversary, Mr. V and I had a little Nashville staycation. We spent one night at a bed and breakfast in Leiper’s Fork, saw a movie in the (now-closed) Franklin Theatre, used our season passes to see a show at the Boiler Room Theatre, and had a fancy dinner at Restaurant Zola (also closed now … are we bad luck?).

Perhaps other foodies can relate, but I remember pretty much every dish I’ve cooked and many that I’ve eaten out. Some sort of crazy Food Memory.

At Zola, I had a wonderful salad they called “Beet and Heat” (I think). While I’m not a huge beet eater, I love pickled beets on the salad bar. Last week, visions of this salad started floating in my head after I bought some lovely, organic beets at Green Life.

So I pretty much made it up as I went along. Forgive me lack of real measurements, and experiment to make it to your liking!

Sweet Beet & Heat Salad with Mustardy Vinaigrette

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 beet, roasted (I used this as a tutorial)
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces, toasted in a skillet and then sprinkled with brown sugar and cayenne pepper (lots of sugar, a pinch of cayenne is my preference. Stir to let combine and cool.)
  • romaine or spring mix lettuce
  • crumbled goat cheese
  • Mustardy Vinaigrette
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/4 c. white wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil, to taste


Divide your lettuce among two salad plates. Slice your beet and put slices atop lettuce. Sprinkle with goat cheese and pecan pieces.

For vinaigrette, whisk together mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Stream in olive oil until runny but not too oily–you want it to still be very tart. Taste as you go along until it is how you like it. Drizzle over salads before serving.


Hopefully your husband will at least taste it. Ahem.

Linked to Mouthwatering Monday and Tasty Tuesday.

7 thoughts on “Sweet Beet & Heat Salad

  1. This look awesome and very close to my favorite salad, Greek. I love roasted beets! Great recipe.

  2. Weird, I was just thumbing through my Betty Crocker cookbook the other day and saw a salad with beets. Thought it looked yummy! Your recipe sounds wonderful. Don't think I could get Jay to try it either.

  3. That sounds really good. I love the roasted beat salad from Cheesecake Factory. I may have to try my hand at it next week at home!

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