Cherry, Goat's Cheese & Beetroot Salad

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Serves2 people
Vegetarians Gluten-free diets
Cherry, Goat's Cheese & Beetroot Salad

The earthy sweetness of roasted beetroot pairs perfectly with creamy goat's cheese – throw in the sweet tang of balsamic-soaked cherries, toss with peppery watercress and aniseedy tarragon, and you have a flavour sensation of a salad.


  • 500g beetroot
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 250g cherries
  • A handful of tarragon, leaves only
  • 50g watercress
  • 100g soft goat's cheese

Prep: 20 mins | Cook: 30 mins
This salad makes a great light meal for two, or starter for four.

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1. Preheat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Trim and peel the beetroot. Cut them into 2cm-thick chunks and tumble them onto a baking tray. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Toss, then slide into the oven to roast for 30 mins.
2. While the beetroot roast, pour 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar into a medium-sized bowl. Add a pinch of salt and plenty of black pepper. Whisk together.
3. Destone the cherries – you can push a chopstick through the centre of the cherry to push out the stone, use a paper clip opened out to an ‘S’ shape to scoop out the stones, or halve the fruit and remove the stones. Place the cherries in the bowl with the vinegar. Mix together.
4. Pick the leaves from the tarragon stalks and roughly chop the leaves. Pick any really thick stalks out of the watercress.
5. Divide the watercress and half of the tarragon between two to four plates. Drizzle ½ tbsp olive oil over each and gently toss together. Arrange the roast beetroot and cherries on top, drizzling over the vinegar from the bowl. Dot the salads with goat's cheese and scatter over the remaining tarragon leaves to serve.
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