Beet Heart Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

A beet heart salad filled with goat cheese, topped with a maple mustard vinaigrette, sprinkled with pomegranate seeds; this salad is pure delish!  It may not be Valentine’s day candy, but it is sure to win anyone’s heart!
beet heart with goat cheese

I love a salad before or during my meal, so this year I will jazz up the evening with this fancy schmancy beet and goat cheese salad. This beet and goat cheese salad is superb, and the maple mustard vinaigrette is over the top. You will soon be making it to serve on all your greens. This also might be one way to get your kids to eat beets. It’s kind of weird that I never served beets to my kids and now they are the rage. Zoe loves beets and what is more perfect for Valentine’s Day? I do love all the pink and red desserts that out there, but this is another way to add some shades of red to your meal and make your family feel special, in addition to lovingly providing them with tons of beetroot nutrition!

Besides a delicious salad I also love flowers…particularly roses and every thing is coming up roses-at least that’s how it feels in Colorado. Our weather has been incredibly warm and I’m almost not wanting winter to return. I’m sure it will, but in the meantime I swear my roses are starting to turn green; not a good thing so early in the season. Speaking of roses, (great segue, huh?), Whole Foods has a great rose special for your favorite valentine. If you get there fast you can score 1 dozen fair trade roses for $12.99 or two dozen for $20. Last year the Whole Foods closest to me ran out, so this year I hope Manservant gets there early.

If you are thinking roses, you may want to take a look at this chart. Since everyone seems to be talking shades of grey lately, I thought it best that we add in some prettier colors. Rose colors, if you will. During the Victorian era the language of flowers was an important thing to know. Flowers often conveyed messages of love or dislike, so be careful what you choose, Make sure that posy is sending the right message!

Rose Colors Defined:

· Red – true love, passion and respect
· Dark Red – beauty, perfection and adoration
· Pink – romance and admiration
· Deep Pink – appreciation, gratitude and sincerity
· Light Pink – sweetness and gentleness
· Orange – desire, passion and excitement
· White – spiritual love, purity and new beginnings
· Yellow – warmth, joy and friendship
· Lavender – love at first sight

When I look at this list I think I deserve one of each color! But truthfully my favorite shade of roses are pinks. I love the palest pinks and the deepest pinks. What about you?

Saturday night found us at an engagement cocktail party for one of Zoe’s close childhood friends. Since it ends at 7 and I’m not sure we are going to want to go out for dinner, we will probably end up at Whole Foods. (Yes, this is a Whole Foods post!) They have some great dinner for two specials, such as salmon or a petite sirloin or even an eggplant Portabella Napoleon; each with truffled mashed potatoes and asparagus. The specials are $24.99 for two which seems like a great deal to me! Add some cheese before hand, a bottle of wine, a little chocolate for dessert and you’ve got a romantic evening ahead of you. Well, I hope you do!

Baby Lettuce Salad with a Beet heart filled with goat cheese.
Have a great Valentine’s Day and enjoy this salad. With or without the beets, the maple mustard vinaigrette should become a staple in your home. This beet heart salad will not take the place of roses, but will surely win your heart! It may even turn you into a beet lover!

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Beet Heart Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 - 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salads/Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American



Ingredients for dressing:
1/3 c maple vinegar OR 2 T maple syrup and 3 T balsamic vinegar
1/2 t chopped garlic
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/4 to 1/2 t salt
a few grindings of pepper
1 1/2 t Dijon mustard
3 T olive oil
1 T mayonnaise
Ingredients for Salad:
2 beets cooked
1 good size handful of your favorite greens (I used arugula)
34 ounces of honey goat cheese
1 handful of chopped hazelnuts or your favorite nut
1 handful of pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries, cherries or strawberries
23 thin slices of red onion
2 T of pretty microgreens


Make your dressing by combining vinegar, garlic, lemon juice and salt and pepper.

Whisk in Dijon mustard. (My favorite kitchen tool is my teeny little whisk.)

Now slowly whisk in the oil and get a little emulsion going.

Last, add the mayo and whisk that in too. (This is optional, but it gives the dressing a creamier texture.)


Take your cooked beets and cut them into thin slices. Pull out your small valentine heart cookie cutter that is hiding somewhere in THAT drawer. Cut your beets into hearts. Put about 1 T of goat cheese between two beet hearts. Set aside.

On individual plates throw on those greens. Toss on some hazelnuts, pomegranate seeds or dried fruit, a few wisps of red onion and maybe some leftover beet pieces and a little more goat cheese. Last but not least, add a flourish of microgreens. Top with a beet and goat cheese heart.

You could toss this salad ahead of time with the dressing, which you may or may not want to use all of. I like to drizzle it on at the table because I think the salad is so pretty before it is tossed.

Keywords: salad, beet heart salad, goat cheese salad, vinaigrette, beet salad, roasted beets, fresh beets,



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  • Pam
    February 16, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Great salad, Abbe! I've never combined beets and goat cheese, sounds perfect! My dad had over 200 roses in our back yard and he and mom belonged to the Rose Society where he would show them and even one a couple of blue ribbons. The aromas in the yard was incredible! I love love the old Peace Rose, ivory and yellow with pink edges! And all pink roses.

  • Winnie
    February 28, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    I'm not for the giveaway, but to tell you that I just LOVE this salad – looks and sounds GREAT

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    February 18, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    I love lavender roses.

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    February 18, 2015 at 10:19 am

    I read that list and thought I wanted them all too. Dark red and yellow would be my personal favorites or peach or maybe.. I can't decide!!

    I LOVE beets in anything and I did a beet post today too but mine were in a jar. Your salad is outstanding.

  • Sippity Sup
    February 17, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I'm a sucker for red rose (and red beets). GREG

  • shannon weber
    February 17, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    this is totally my go-to salad: i LOVE LOVE LOVE beets for everything they are: i could eat them all the time, and they're especially delicious on salads with vinaigrettes like this one. just perfect for right now, for sure.

  • Karen @Baking In A Tornado
    February 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Your beet salad is just beautiful.
    My husband got me white roses for a change this year. I think they're gorgeous and really didn't know about their meaning.. I'm glad Hubs doesn't either or I'd be having some questions for him right about now, LOL.

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    Hi Abbe, I already subscribe to your site but want to say that I read a book last year about the meaning of flowers, and I am sorry to say many of our conservations in our household go like this, it was so and so, I will think of it eventually.

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    February 16, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    yellow and deep pink are my favorites

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    February 15, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Orange roses are my favorite.

  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    February 15, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I adore beets in salads. I'm making one tonight with grapefruit.

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    February 15, 2015 at 4:16 am

    I heart this salad (see what I did there?) 😉
    What a refreshing salad!

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  • Carol at Wild Goose Tea
    February 15, 2015 at 12:19 am

    I love your post. I guess I didn't know the full roster of meanings. I love roses. I have about 30 bushes in my garden of all sizes. If I had to choose a color—probably pink with a heavy fragrance. Happy Valentine's Day!

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    February 14, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I like white roses.

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  • Anna and Liz Recipes
    February 14, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    This salad is fabulous- love the heart shape beet in the center. Our favorite shade of rose is hot pink.
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  • Liz Berg
    February 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Your salad looks marvelous, Abbe. We ate at Bang last night here in Maddy's neighborhood—ended up ordering a second order of their beet appetizer—so good! Your salad looks just as fabulous! Thanks again for your thoughtful note. xo

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  • Kitchen Riffs
    February 13, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I gotta clean out THAT drawer one of these day. 😉 We do have one of those heart-shaped cutters, but it's buried somewhere in THAT drawer. Anyway, clever and fun dish — thanks.

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    February 13, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I love the beet heart ♥ Such a pretty salad and the dressing sounds delicious. I'll have to tell my hubby about the roses 🙂

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    February 13, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    My favorite shade of rose is lavender. I only saw this at Whole Foods last year, and when I went back the next day they were gone. So many pretty color roses they have!!!

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    My favorite shade of rose must be the coral color – but at this point I would love color!

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    Lavender is my favorite color of roses. We had lavender at our wedding.

  • Angie Schneider
    February 13, 2015 at 9:34 am

    This is a heart healthy and delicious salad, Abbe.