tried and true

I’ve been holding out on you.  Not because I’ve wanted to, in fact I knew as soon as I made this salad that I would be sharing it with you as soon as possible.  I was just hoping to get some additional photographs for the presentation because it is such a beautiful salad and so absolutely delicious.  Even though it is incredibly simple (or maybe because it is incredibly simple?) it deserves fanfare.  And a lot of photos.  The task shouldn’t have been so difficult – I make this dish all the time.  But each time since the first I’ve either been in a rush, or made it at a friend’s house without my camera present (gasp!) or its been too late and too dark to shoot anything decent.  So, I’ve caved and am giving it to you now, just a few photos short.


One of my favorite restaurants in Charlottesville is Bizou.  The atmosphere is dark and quirky – perfectly cozy on a blustery winter day or a welcome retreat from the blinding summer sun.  They have a great daily menu and a variety of specials that never disappoint, along with a nice selection of wine.  Every single dish I’ve tried has been very good, but I am always disappointed if I don’t get my tried and true favorite – Golden Beet Salad.  So simple, such a perfect combination of flavors, so so so delicious.

A couple of months ago I was at the grocery store and noticed that they had golden beets.  I rarely see them so jumped at the opportunity to replicate my favorite salad.  And I’ve jumped each time I’ve seen the sunny globes in the produce department since, because you just don’t know when they’ll be present again. 


My salad isn’t exactly like Bizou’s, but its close.  I haven’t given quantities of anything because its not necessary to be that precise.  Just keep tossing ingredients together until you’ve got a good variety of textures and colors in your bowl.  The picture above is missing walnuts, a key ingredient and one not to leave out.  I did on this one occasion because we were sharing it with a friend who is allergic, but it is definitely best with them.  The honey mustard dressing is an Alton Brown recipe that is delicious as it is and I’ve never taken the time to play with it.  However, Bizou’s dressing had mustard seeds and I love the crunch they provide – its worth experimenting with.  Also, buy good quality chevre to crumble on top.  You won’t be sorry.

Golden Beet Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing


  • golden beets, peeled, chopped and roasted with 1 tbsp olive oil for 25 minutes at 425*.
  • grape tomatoes, halved
  • cucumber, sliced thinly
  • red cabbage, sliced thinly
  • spinach or a mesclun mix
  • chevre, crumbled
  • walnuts, chopped and toasted at 425* until fragrant, 8-10 minutes


  • 5 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar


  1. Roast beets.  Toast walnuts
  2. Toss spinach, tomatoes, cucumber and cabbage together.
  3. Sprinkle chevre and toasted walnuts on top.
  4. Whisk dressing ingredients together and drizzle over salad.

31 responses to “tried and true

  1. WOW – that sounds phenomenal! i’ve never had a golden beet, but they look so gorgeous, they have to be good, right? 🙂

  2. Sounds wonderful! I’ve never had a golden beet, but they’re so pretty. I don’t love beets, but I do enjoy the occasional roasted beet salad.

  3. That is an absolutely gorgeous salad… too bad beets are one of the very few vegetables I just don’t like!!!

  4. What a gorgeous salad! I have actually never tried beets. I may have to now!

  5. I’m totally trying this recipe!!! That salad is so gorgeous.

    I thought those beets were mangoes! haha

  6. Did you hear a huge THUNK just now? That was me dying with hunger after seeing this post. As soon as I get home I’m making this em-effer.

  7. That looks wonderful – I`ve never tried beet salad before!

  8. That is a beautiful salad!

  9. I’ve never had a golden beet either. They look beautiful!

    I’ll be going down to Barboursville Memorial Day weekend. Any recommendations on things to do while I’m out that way? I think we’re going to eat lunch at the winery, but nothing is set in stone at this point.

  10. Such a colorful salad! Lovely 🙂

  11. LOL – I thought it was a picture of a mango at first. Now I have to find golden beets to try!

  12. Hope you are well Andrea! I ADORE golden beets. They are so much sweeter than regular beets and almost buttery. Thanks for the great recipe!

  13. Beautiful pictures!

  14. I thought it was mango at first, too! Ha. I had to scroll to the bottom right away to see what it was. I’ve never been a fan of beets, but admittedly I haven’t tried since I was a little kid. Gonna have to give them a chance!

  15. Love the look of that salad! Thanks for the recipe of the honey mustard dressing! I tried to make one the other day and the dijon was so strong that I couldn’t eat it. Never thought of using vinegar in there though!

  16. I love beets so much, but I have never actually bought them whole and tried cooking them. I usually resort to the canned version but I am very tempted to try roasting them and after I see your salad, I’m convinced this is such a better way to eat them.

    Glad to see your back!

  17. This golden beet salad looks divine and the colors are magnificent. I live in the D.C. area and LOVE Charlottesville. I get down there whenever I can. I look forward to trying Bizou!

  18. Beautiful simple salad. Love tangy honey mustard 🙂

  19. That salad LOOKS amazing! I LOVE beets. In fact, I think they may be my favorite vegetable.

    Thanks for sharing! I definitely want to make this!

  20. This looks delicious!

  21. I’ve never had any kind of beets! I SO HAVE TO TRY!


  22. What a gorgeous salad! So many colors!!

  23. Beautiful colors! I love beets in salads, but have never tried golden beets – I wonder how regular beets would work? I’ll be looking this weekend to see if our local store has golden beets!

  24. My husband will eat beets at restaurants, but for some reason doesn’t trust them at home. Maybe this could convert him – looks delish.

  25. Thanks for not waiting to post this. I love beets and this salad looks absolutely delicious.

  26. ivorypomegranate

    Those colors are gorgeous! I’m always looking for new ways to use beets, I love them!

  27. I still haven’t tried Bizou yet!! My bf and I are planning on going soon! What do you recommend??

  28. Bella,

    That salad looks amazing. What a unique flavor combo!

    Have a great Sunday darlin.

    With Love,


  29. What a beautiful salad! I can’t say I’ve ever seen a golden beet at our local supermarket before…but then again I’ve never actually looked! 😀

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  31. BTW I just tried beets for the first time this week and I am now OBSESSED. SO WONDERFUL.

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