Beet & Blue Cheese Salad


This simple eastern European–style salad has been one of Nicolaus Balla's favorites ever since he lived in Hungary as a teenager. He marinates sweet roasted beets in a red wine vinaigrette to make them more flavorful before tossing them with scallions, herbs and crumbled blue cheese. Slideshow: Amazing Beet Recipes   Recipe from Food & Wine America's Greatest New Cooks 

Beet & Blue Cheese Salad
Photo: © Christina Holmes
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 3 pounds medium beets

  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil, plus more for brushing

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 3 scallions, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

  • 4 ounces firm cow-milk blue cheese, such as Point Reyes Original Blue, crumbled


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small baking dish, brush the beets with oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and roast the beets for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until tender when pierced with a knife. Let cool, then peel the beets and cut them into 1-inch wedges.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the 1/4 cup of grapeseed oil with the lemon juice, vinegar, sugar and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Add the beets, toss to coat and let them stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  3. Add the scallions, dill and parsley to the beets and toss well. Transfer the beets to plates, top with the crumbled blue cheese and serve.

Make Ahead

The marinated beets can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Top with the cheese just before serving.

Serve With

Good-quality brown or black bread.

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