Beet, Walnut, Cucumber, & Honey Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

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Itz Wednesday, so that means itz time for another edition of What I Ate Wednesday over at Peas and Crayons.  Last week I was super snacky and recently I’ve done a better job of eating three meals with more sensible snacks in between.

Breakfast: I received free product coupons at Blend Retreat for Attune Foods and yesterday morning I combined two different cereals for my breakfast.  I went with Buckwheat & Hemp and Strawberry Crisp with vanilla almond milk.

Attune Foods cereal

The Buckwheat & Hemp provided a bit of protein and fiber for lasting power and the Strawberry Crisp had the perfect amount of sweetness I was looking for.

I snacked on apple slices and almond butter after I was finished teaching.  Last time I was at Trader Joe’s I bought almond butter with sea salt.  Usually I buy unsalted, but I figured I’d be fine buying the sea salt kind one time since that’s all they had in stock.  Oy.  It was far saltier than I anticipated or preferred.  Next time I’ll hold out for unsalted.

Lunch:  Subway sandwich on honey oat bread with turkey, spinach, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, onion, pickles, green peppers, jalapenos, banana peppers, and a bit of honey mustard.  The sandwich was packed, but pretty messy.

Subway

Why do Subway sandwiches always look so much prettier on commercials?  Diana and I completed the first Soldier of Steel™ workout at the gym yesterday.  We were sweaty messes by the end, so we added to the sweat-fest by walking to Subway under the blazing sun two miles away.  Itz safe to say we were starving by the time we got there and our sandwiches definitely hit the spot.  Gotta refuel after workouts!

Dinner:  Dinner was twofold.  Mini eggplant pizzas were tasty and easy to make.  All I did was peel three mini eggplants, slice them, drizzle olive oil, and roast them in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes.  Then I added marinara sauce, pizza seasoning, and a bit of Parmesan cheese on top before broiling them on low for about 5 minutes.

mini eggplant pizzas

The mini eggplant pizzas were tasty, but the second part was the highlight, for sure.

Beet, Walnut, Cucumber, & Honey Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

Beet, Walnut, Cucumber, & Honey Goat Cheese Spinach Salad 1

You see, it all started when my grandma Mama gave me a package of beets.  They were already cooked and thank goodness for that because I haven’t the slightest clue on how to peel or cook raw beets.  I knew I wanted to include them in a summertime salad and I’m pretty sure I put together the perfect combination.  Beets, walnuts, cucumbers, and honey goat cheese crumbles served over a bed of fresh spinach.  I sprayed a bit of EVOO on top and then drizzled balsamic vinaigrette.  It was unbelievable.  Seriously unbelievable.

Beet, Walnut, Cucumber, & Honey Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

Isn’t she a beauty?

Are you a beet + goat cheese fan?  How do you use beets?  What’s your favorite cereal combination?

63 thoughts on “Beet, Walnut, Cucumber, & Honey Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

  1. I LOVE BEETS BABYYYY! Your salad would ROCK MY WORLD :D I love love love beets, goat cheese, and walnuts! BUT you HAVE to try ROASTED BEETS! Roast them with coconut oil – OMG YOU WILL DIEEEEE MY LOVE! DIEEEEEE!

    Anyways, all of your eats look awesome! It has been foreverrrrr since I got a sub from Subway! I think yours sounds great!!!!!!!!!! Have a great Wednesday, babe

  2. I’m a HUGE beet + goat cheese fan! And thankfully, my husband isn’t so that means that there is always more for me ;) Your salad looks phenomenal! I just voted for your dip too and I’m going to be making it for a party at my friend’s this weekend!

  3. Ha Ha, I’ve always wondered the same thing about Subway’s Subs when it comes to appearance. Mine has NEVER looked as good as the tv commercials :(

  4. I am really looking forward to reading more posts about your struggles with infertility- as I am going through it too. I ‘failed’ clomid and my doc basically said there is boing more I can do… Since my husband and I don’t want to do ivf. Anyways….I was wondering if your doctor mentioned the effects a fitness program like soldiers of steel could have on fertility.

    • Hi Karla, I’m sorry to hear about your struggles. At this point, my doctor think itz safe for me to continuing working out in whatever capacity I’d like. I’m not sure if that will change or not. However, I have cut out running completely as that affected my cycle back in the fall.

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  6. I’ve never tried beets with goat cheese but I love both! I’ve had cranberries and goat cheese and it tasted just like cheesecake to me!
    I’m eating some kashi cinnamon harvest cereal and some all natural cinnamon crunch type cereal as I type. I think it’s my new favorite.

  7. Confession: when I read your link on Facebook on my iPad, I thought it said “beer.” :-). Beets are much better, one of those foods I hated when I was a kid and love now. Salad looks yummy!

    • Really? I need to learn how to roast them… is it hard? (dumb question I know, but sometimes root vegetables can be tricky!)

  8. I LOVE roasted beets and goat cheese! Add in some walnuts, or pecans and I’m in heaven! I just got my 2 year old on the beet and goat cheese train too! He’s totally digging them. He ate them for dinner the other night and when I took him potty in the morning, his urine was red! Luckily I was standing there to explain to my hubby as he went because he looked like he was about to freak!
    I cook them by first boiling with the skins on for about 30 minutes, then rinsing, peeling and cutting them. I toll them with olive oil, balsamic, garlic powder, lemon juice, salt and pepper then roast them at 375 for about 15 minutes. So good!

  9. I just used my Blend coupon this weekend too! But I didn’t have such great choices ~ I ended up with the Raisin Bran. Still yummy though and thankful for the free coupon. I love beets ~ I can eat them hot, cold, plain, pickled, shredded, chopped you name it! You should try golden beets ~ they are yummy too!

  10. Beets and goat cheese is one of my favorite combos! The creamy cheese mixed with the salty-ish beets. YUM. The nuts really help it out, too. I’m gonna have to try out the eggplant recipe. I’m looking for new ways to cook it.

  11. I love this salad!!! Beets are the best – and so easy to cook. You just wrap them in foil (whole) and bake the crap outta them. Or you can grate them to eat raw over a salad – like how they have them on the Whole Foods bar. :)

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