Market Salad with Goat Cheese and Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette

Market Salad with Goat Cheese and Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette Recipe
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Fresh herbs make all the difference in this versatile dressing. Try it on any combination of greens and vegetables from your local farmers' market.


4 servings
Total time: 1 Hour, 17 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 27 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 17 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 345
Fat 15.8 g
Satfat 3.9 g
Monofat 3.4 g
Polyfat 6.8 g
Protein 13 g
Carbohydrate 40.1 g
Fiber 10.5 g
Cholesterol 11 mg
Iron 3.2 mg
Sodium 370 mg
Calcium 161 mg


2 medium beets (about 3/4 pound)
8 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
3 tablespoons walnut or olive oil
2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 medium heirloom tomatoes, each cut into 8 wedges
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese


1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Leave root and 1-inch stem on beets; scrub with a brush. Wrap beets in heavy-duty foil. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven; cool. Trim off beet roots and stems; rub off skins. Cut each beet into 8 wedges.

3. Cook beans in boiling water 4 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and plunge beans into ice water; drain well. Combine beans and chickpeas in a medium bowl.

4. Combine shallots and the next 8 ingredients (through pepper) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add 2 tablespoons dressing to beets; toss well. Combine 2 tablespoons dressing and tomatoes in a bowl; toss gently to coat. Add the remaining 1/4 cup dressing to bean mixture; tossing well to combine. Place 3/4 cup bean mixture on each of 4 plates. Arrange 4 pieces each of beets and tomatoes around bean mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 2 tablespoons cheese.