Heirloom Beet Salad for French Fridays

Heirloom beet salad with goat cheese, radish sprouts, icy red onions, pistachio nuts with a honey mustard vinaigrette is on the menu this French Friday with Dorie.  This is a fun salad to make and serve as a starter for dinner or for lunch.  The farmers market had a generous offering of heirloom beets, one that I could not pass up this week.  I followed Dorie’s recipe for the vinaigrette and the icy red onions but did my own thing with slicing and arranging the beets.  I also used pistachio nuts, which were good with the soft goat cheese and radish sprouts to offer a small salad on top of the beets.  I love beets in all sizes and colors so this was a really good French Fridays with Dorie week for me.  Each Friday I post a recipe from Around My French Table with an online cooking group cooking and baking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s wonderful cookbook.

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  1. Well, your salad looks simply fantastic. Lovely photos!

  2. Patty, where did you find the golden beets? I never see them at the stores! This looks divine and the photos are extra fabulous. Love the radish microgreens on top, well done girl! (did you use a mandolin to get those onions soooo thin?)

  3. Thanks La Diva, I used a mandolin on the red onions and beets;-)

  4. Absolutely stunning presentation and photography! I now have heirloom beets envy. :) They are not here yet at the farmers market where I live. The addition of pistachio is a great idea too.

  5. Absolutely beautiful, Patty! I love the addition of the radish sprouts and the multi-colored beets! Have a wonderful 4th of July!

  6. Oh Patty! That's just gorgeous. I'm almost happy I didn't buy those sad supermarket beets after all!

  7. Stunning salad with the tri-color beets! Especially like the crunch of pistachios here – have a wonderful 4th of July weekend, Patty!

  8. Wowie..I can live happily just munching on that healthy platter forever!

  9. Just stunning, Patty! I'm glad someone else sliced instead of chunked…so much prettier. And I love all your extra touches :)

  10. i heart your presentation Patty! It's so beautiful. I really have to hit farmers market. It's not close to my “hood” haha.

    Oh I checked out Dorie's book. It looks so good!

  11. Beautiful! I adore beets and can't really think of any way to go wrong with them. Great idea with the sprouts. I made Dorie to the letter and loved the addition of fresh oregano…probably the one thing I had never done with them before.

  12. Wow! Your salad looks like artwork. So beautiful!

  13. Just wiped out the comment…I think:(((
    Patty,your salad looks like a work of art…almost too pretty to eat. Absolutely gorgeous presentation!
    Photos are just as beautiful.
    Still holding the fort down here at this end…LOL
    Happy 4th of July!

  14. Love the beautiful way you served your salad!

  15. This is the most beautiful salad I've seen! Heirloom beets…wow! I passed on this one…after seeing yours I will be looking for heirloom beets so I can put together such a lovely salad…even if it's just for me!! My husband doesn't do beets!

  16. Such a lovely salad…beautiful colors!
    Wishing you a beautiful weekend and 4th Patty :)

  17. Now that is a great looking beet salad. I guess I never really got into this one with no fresh beets here…but yours actually looks like something I would enjoy eating.

  18. What a fun salad! Just lovely and so colorful!

    Maria @ A Platter of Figs

  19. This didn't come through in my feed and I just realized, “Hey, it's French Friday–where is my Patty post?!” What a gorgeous beet salad–even prettier than they serve it at my local favorite place…and I always loved/appreciated their presentation TILL JUST NOW. :) You win! Happy 4th, friend!

  20. What a beautiful looking salad! I'm trying to eat more beets (and trying to appreciate their flavor), and this salad makes me want to dive right in! The pistachios are the perfect touch by the way! :)

  21. I look forward to seeing your presentation each week – so lovely! I love heirloom beets, both for taste and for all their variations. The pistachios and radish shoots are such nice additions.

  22. Your salad looks beautiful, worthy of a main course! I would love to be able to find yellow beets where I live, but alas, nothing so fancy at my local market.

  23. Excellent and colorfull..great plating…I see that today everyone is doing veggies…

  24. Such a beautiful presentation, especially addition of yellow beets, goat cheese, radish sprouts and pistachios. I slid in the quick version this week, but really enjoyed the vinaigrette and method for the icy onions. Happy 4th of July weekend.

  25. This is just beautiful (as everyone has said!) I don't eat or prepare beets very often, but after reading your post…I'm wanting to buy a bushel. Thanks for sharing, sweet friend. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and I wish you a very happy 4th!

  26. Here, you've done it again Patty…presenting us with another little part of your beautiful self. Your 'savoir-faire' and personality is shining right through the screen ;o)

    Happy celebrations for tomorrow…all the very best.


  27. Hi Patty! My ears have been “burning”, so I thought I'd drop by and see what you've been up to ;) How have you been? I've ceased apologising for my disappearances LOL but I honestly have been busy with 2 projects so blogging has had to take a backseat. I really, really hope to get back to a decent posting schedule soon *fingers crossed*

    How beautiful is this salad?? As gorgeous as everyone else has said it is, and then some!! I love the colours of the beets and the presentation is stunning! Hope you have a fantastic 4th July :)

  28. Patty – that has to be the prettiest presentation I have seen of this salad. Stunning.
    Have a great holiday!

  29. There's nothing better than earthy beets in a salad, and this one is just beautiful. Love the gorgeous layers! I have never used radish sprouts before, how lovely. It was so very good to see you yesterday – so excited to see the macarons you will surely be making in the future (as will I!).

  30. That's a beautifully layered salad! I don't think I have ever seen a beet salad looking as elegant as this! Well done!

  31. Your salad is so beautiful. I'm sure Dorie would have used it in her cookbook with pride! Well done.

  32. I've never had heirloom beets but I certainly will be on the lookout for them now! This is a truly beautiful salad, Patty!

  33. very pretty salad and I know it taste even better – love what you did with the beets and how you made a salad on top… that is something I do not own, a mandolin, but it sure would make cutting 'perfect' slices easier…

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  35. What a splendid salad! So colorful, beautifully presented and tempting.



  36. Hi Patty,

    I'm a beet lover like you too. Love the way you've arrange your beets in this dish – simply gorgeous. Great choice on the addition of the pistachio nuts as well, adds colour, texture, and contrast in taste. A wonderful salad to serve to guests indeed if you're looking to knock them off their feet early ;).

  37. Your salad looks wonderful and I like the addition of the pistachio nuts.

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