Goat Cheese and Beetroot Salad for a Low-Carb Lunch

Goat Cheese and Beetroot Salad

Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Doesn’t even warrant a recipe, really, but this is one of my favourite quick salads and I knock this out if I want to have a low-carb lunch. I’m not too overly obsessed with all the low-carb stuff, but if I’ve eaten toast for breakfast and then I know I want pasta for something for dinner, then I do try to go easy on the bread and rice and pasta at lunchtime.

So, method: I take one of those whole goat’s cheeses (this is a Sainsbury’s one hundred gram Somerset cheese) and just unwrap it and slice it in half round-ways, so that I have two rounds rather than two half-round halves. God, I made that sound complicated! Just look at the photo…

Bed of salad – this is something like lamb’s lettuce and rocket, I think, but equally nice on plain rocket, watercress…just not that terrible spiky frisée or iceberg. Iceberg has its place, but not here.

Baby beetroots soaked in Balsamic vinegar – pre-done, they do them in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose – “sweetfire” are nice, so are the Tesco finest. Mmmm. Open the packet, take out the beetroots, halve them, chuck them in the bowl. Grill the cheese rounds under a really hot grill for about a minute or so – the insides will start to melt a bit and the tops will go bubbly and brown. Perfect – take them out, slide them off the baking tray (I put them on a square of oiled foil, lift that off and literally let the cheese slide onto the top of the salad.)

Dressing here is Udo’s oil (amazing stuff, it seems, health-wise, see here: http://www.udoschoice.co.uk) shaken up with some balsamic vinegar and there’s a turn of black pepper on top of the cheeses. (Cheeses? Cheese!) That’s it – simple, but quite, quite delicious.

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  1. Joanne Entzinger
    January 4, 2013 / 7:23 am

    Oh my goodness! That looks so tasty! Happy New Year Ruth!!!

  2. January 4, 2013 / 7:31 am

    I’m trying to lose my preggy weight. Into my 5th month now and salads do wonders! I shall try this recipe for lunch. Seems simple yet filling and not too heavy. I am eating like a prince(ss) for lunch on weekdays when the better half is at the office :)) Thanks for sharing Ruth.

  3. LilyLipstick
    January 4, 2013 / 7:37 am

    This sounds amazing, I love goat’s cheese. x

  4. January 4, 2013 / 7:45 am

    That sounds really tasty, I’m gonna give it a try

  5. Hannah
    January 4, 2013 / 3:05 pm

    Goats’s cheese is the work of the devil. Smells and tastes like damp knickers.

  6. Jo
    January 4, 2013 / 3:15 pm

    As I read this it’s 7am and I could totally eat that NOW! Yum

  7. January 4, 2013 / 6:51 pm

    Perfect! We are definitely having this this weekend. Thanks. Great!

  8. Becky
    January 4, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    I have Udo’s oil…I have balsamic vinegar…why the heck haven’t I ever put them together! Definitely doing this, thanks for the tip! x

  9. January 4, 2013 / 10:54 pm

    I had something similar yesterday, at The Cheesecake Factory of all places. They added some walnuts and chopped apples to their version, and it was delicious. Will definitely be trying this at home, love the idea of grilling the goat cheese so it’s nice and melty inside.

  10. Kostromitskaia Julia
    January 5, 2013 / 1:04 am

    Love, love, love that salad…….

  11. BeautyAndTheMinibeasts
    January 5, 2013 / 11:16 am

    This has just made me feel so hungry!!! Too early for lunch?! x

  12. angela pole
    January 10, 2013 / 8:40 am

    I have had this two days in a row and made it for hubby who loved it too, thanks for sharing its my new favorite. Xxx

  13. Lisa
    January 14, 2013 / 8:35 pm

    Is there a lower calorie/fat content to goats cheese?

  14. Lisa
    January 14, 2013 / 8:35 pm


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