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Summer Salad Starring Roast Beets, Cara Cara, Goat Cheese, Pistachios

June 24, 2019

Target Healthy Eating

As you can see, the star of this recipe is the beets. One night when I couldn't sleep, I started thinking about what my next new recipe would be, to share with you. Eureka ! Why not get out cookie cutters and use them on veggies in a salad or appetizer. That's how this recipe came about. I liked roasted red beets, because I knew they could be cut into firm circles, and then cut into stars. I checked to see what veggies and fruit were still in season, Cara Caras were still available, which I love to use in all kinds of dishes. They're so sweet and I love their color. Deciding on the rest of the ingredients, was easy. Each one brings its own distinct flavor, including the roasted chopped pistachios. I hope you enjoy my latest recipe. I know everyone has a beet/goat cheese recipe; but no one has beet stars. That's what makes this so different - plus the beautiful Cara Cara oranges. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Guests loved the beet star appetizers ! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
You won't be disappointed making my new recipe. Once you have the star cookie cutters, the rest is easy and quick and extremely tasty. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


(6 to 8 people)

1 bunch arugula, rinsed twice, drained, dried with paper towels

1 container creamy goat cheese

1 small container sour cream

1 or 2 red onions

Small bag unsalted roasted pistachios, chopped coarsely

4 large red beets

3 or 4 Cara Cara oranges

1 set of cookie cutters, in shape of stars

You are going to use salad (or appetizer) plates as a canvas. After you have prepared the colorful ingredients, arrange them as if you were painting on the plates. Have fun playing with the colors. No matter what you do, this salad is going to taste delicious. It's perfect for this weather, because nothing is going to spoil fast. For our dinner party, the table was set with this recipe on the top plate, served as an appetizer, before guests even walked in. Above are all the ingredients, except for the pistachios. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
You must have a whole set of different sizes of star shaped cookie cutters. I bought this set on Amazon for next to nothing. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Beets have roasted. Now the foil is opened and the beets will cool down, before slicing and “starring.“ ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


  1. Scrub the beets, rub them with oil, wrap them with foil and roast in 375 oven for about an hour. When done, remove from oven with oven mitts open the foil and allow beets to cool down. Then remove the skin. On a cutting board, make approximately ? inch slices. Depending upon the size of each slice, select the “star“ cookie cutter that fits each beet circle and push in the cookie cutter, making a star shape out of each beet circle.
  2. While beets are roasting, wash the arugula two times, drain each time and finally pat dry with paper towel
  3. Quickly toast your pistachios in a small fry pan with or without oil (depending upon your pan). Chop the nuts coarsely and set aside to use as garnish.
  4. Peel the Cara Cara oranges, then slice them horizontally so you get nice looking circles. Put on plate and set aside.
  5. Mix together the goat cheese and the sour cream until you get the consistency you want.
  6. Slice your red onion into thin circles
  7. Finally, have fun arranging all the ingredients on a small appetizer plate. Don't forget to garnish with your chopped pistachios. You can do all of this way before guests arrive.

Everyone is going to love this recipe! It's fun and delicious !

Slice cooled down, roasted beets. Slice beet circles. Next, make star shapes out of each circle, with your cookie cutters. For small beet circles, use small size “star“ cookie cutter. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Here are the (roasted) beet shapes, sliced, then "starred" and ready to go on plates. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Cara Cara oranges, sliced and ready to go. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Red onion circles ready to be used as a garnish. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Here is a bowl of different size beet stars, for you to divide for however appetizer or salad plates you plan to have. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Two colorful circles: red onion and Cara Cara oranges. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Put all the goat cheese in a bowl; then slowly add sour cream, while you keep mixing. When you get the consistency you want, stop and add to salad plate as if you were painting with these ingredients. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Above is the first attempt at my beet star idea. Delicious and fun to do. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
One guest wanted a red cab and got it. The rest of us drank icy Pouilly-Fuisse, which paired so well with this delicious appetizer. Everyone wolfed them down. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
A grand time was had by all ! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Entree was cauliflower fried rice with shrimp and farfalle; sliced avocado on the side. Above is dessert: platter of beautiful fresh fruit and a chocolate cake to die for. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Just when we've gotten ready for summer, the days have started to get shorter again. Always have mixed feelings when we reach June 21st.

Have a great week everyone ! Temperatures going up here in Manhattan. Stay cool and drink a lot of water.

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Have a Great Week Everyone!

Bon Appetit!

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