Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Beetroot & Yogurt Salad

From the Open Sandwich Series of Vegetarian Lunch Ideas

Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Beetroot & Yogurt Salad
Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Beetroot & Yogurt Salad | Source

Developing vegetarian lunch ideas has become a passion of mine. I predominantly focus on creating vegetarian lunches that require just a few ingredients, the least amount of cooking, and are relatively quick & easy to make. I mostly enjoy highlighting the beauty and color of fresh produce and creating both beautiful and healthy dishes.

The beetroot and yogurt salad included in this recipe was taken from a wonderful vegetarian magazine-like book called Vegetarian Recipes with Just 3 or 4 Ingredients, a great vegetarian cookbook by Jenny White that showcases 170 simple dishes in a very handsome format and vibrant color photographs. If you are a vegetarian food enthusiast (particularly if you enjoy cooking but don´t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen) I really recommend it.

In this article, I wanted to construct a vegetarian lunch that incorporated the original beetroot & yogurt salad and had its pretty shade of pink as the main focus. Following my cooking premises, I added two more no-cook healthy ingredients and created the final “Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Beetroot & Yogurt Salad”, which was inspired by Jenny White, and ended up being a great vegetarian lunch idea which I nicknamed “The Ode to Vitamin B” (see nutritional Information in the bottom of this article).

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Cook Time for Beetroot & Yogurt Salad

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: serves 4

Variations

  • Change the presentation by grating the beetroot instead of dicing it.
  • You can also make a Raw Beetroot & Yogurt Salad: leave the beetroots uncooked and finely grate them.

For the Beetroot & Yogurt Salad

  • 2 raw beetroots, washed and trimmed
  • 250g/73lb/1.1cups thick and creamy plain yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • fresh dill leaves, for garnish

Other Serving Suggestions

The Beetroot & Yogurt Salad can be used as a topping for the goat cheese bruschetta, but it can also be used as a yogurt dip, similar to the popular Greek cucumber-yogurt dip “Tzatziki”, and eaten with warm pita bread or crusty loaf.

Instructions

  1. Steam the beetroots in a covered steaming pan until tender but not mushy or soft (about 35-40 minutes).
  2. Drain and refresh under cold running water, then dry them, peel off the skin and dice the beetroots.
  3. In a bowl, beat the yogurt with the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Add the beetroot and mix well. Garnish with dill leaves.


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Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Beetroot & Yogurt Salad

From the Open Sandwich Series of the Vegetarian Lunch Ideas
From the Open Sandwich Series of the Vegetarian Lunch Ideas | Source
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For the Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Beetroot & Yogurt Salad


Ingredients (per serving)

  • about 50g/1.76oz Goat Cheese
  • 2 Slices of Rye Bread
  • 2 big scoops of the above described Beetroot & Yogurt Salad
  • fresh dill leaves for garnish


Note

I suggested a dark rye bread for the bruschetta because it has a harder texture –which I love in bread- and it goes very well with the dry, slightly acidic creaminess of the goat cheese, and the sweetness of the beetroot. However, you can chose any bread you are inclined to and make variations to see which one you like the most.


Preparation

  1. Toast the rye bread slices.
  2. Spread both toasts with goat cheese and you have your “goat cheese bruschetta”.
  3. Top each “goat cheese bruschetta” with a big scoop of Beetroot & Yogurt Salad.
  4. Garnish with a few dill leaves.

Optional: sprinkle with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil to give the final touch.

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Homemade Yogurt, Better Yogurt

How to Make Yogurt - Step-by-Step Guide with Pictures by Livelonger

Making yogurt at home is easy, and does not require any special equipment. I've made yogurt dozens of times using this method, which I describe step-by-step with photos. Save money and have fun making your own yogurt!

The Odd to Vitamin B: Nutritional Information

Every time one looks at the nutritional value of vegetables and fresh produce, it is not surprising to find a long list of vitamins and minerals included. The tinny building blocks of our general health and beauty are always present in one degree or another. Nevertheless, in the case of beetroot, in addition to being a rich source of potent antioxidants, magnesium and Vitamin C, I was taken aback by its high folic acid content (also known as Vitamin B9 or folate).

It turns out that beetroots contain a nutrient called “betaine”, which plays an important role in cardiovascular health. It functions in conjunction with vitamins from the B complex -namely folic acid (B9), B6 and B12-, to reduce the concentration of homocysteine, which occurs naturally in our body, but can be harmful to the blood vessels, and thus contribute to the development of heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.

Yogurt is also nutritionally rich in Vitamin B2, B6 and B12, and contributes to the "Vitamin B Ode" in its own right. It also has a high calcium content, which, increased by the calcium in the goat cheese, and grouped with the magnesium from the beetroot, gives grate stabilizing potential for our nervous system (good for healthy sleep patterns).

Manny people are scared of using the full fat version of yogurt; however, 100g/3.5oz of full fat yogurt only have 3.3g of fat.


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Comments on "Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Beetroot & Yogurt Salad" 16 comments

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Claudia Tello 2 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Kenneth, thanks for your input and kind feedback. It is always nice to know someone appreciates ones work. I´ll drop by and check some of your hubs out.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, Claudia,

Great read. I loved this piece and it very helpful . I love your lay-out of this hub. Very professional and creative.

Anyway, great job. Voted up and away.

I left you some fan mail. Really like your work.

I invite you to check my hubs and become one of my followers.

I would love it.

Peace.

K.


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Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico Author

Thanks EatCookReview, how nice to come across a beetroot fan :) It is quite a simple yet surprisingly nice meal idea.


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EatCookReview 3 years ago from Wales

that looks tasty!


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Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico Author

Thanks Ruth, I hope you like this simple yet sophisticated recipe and enjoy eating goat cheese in a different way. Glad you dropped by.


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Ruth ferraz 3 years ago from New Jersey

Hi Claudia,

I will try this recipe some day! I love goat cheese!

I just answer you question about stevia in my hubpage!

Thank you for visiting and commenting!

Merry Christmas!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi lindacee, thanks for dropping by :). I am glad you liked this simple way of putting goat cheese, beetroot and yogurt together. I am thrilled you find it beautiful as well because that is one of my main objectives when I create a new recipe: besides tasting good and being healthy, it must be good looking. Thank you very much for your comments and input, I really appreciate them.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

You have created a wonderful meal with some of my absolute favorite ingredients. I can't wait to try it! Yum! :) Voted up, useful and beautiful.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi vespawoolf, I was also surprised by the Vitamin B content of beetroots, didn´t realize it either until I looked up the nutritional information for my newly developed recipe. I am glad you liked both its looks and its imagined taste, as always, it is my pleasure to share it with you. Thanks :)


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I didn't realize beet is so rich in Vitamin B. I really like this recipe for goat cheese and beet root. Not only is it beautiful to look at it, I know it would taste delicious! Thanks so much.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi GoodLady, yes, I agree with you, I love simple food as well, and I am constantly amazed by how delicious it can get with just 4 or 5 ingredients. Thanks for your comments, I hope you enjoy it!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

How delicious. I love simple food, a few ingredients put together in a balanced way as you have done. It is my favorite kind of food. We are beetroot lovers in this house. LOVE it. Your dish looks absolutely divine and I will make it soon - that dark bread looks perfect, so does the dill! Oh it all does.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Letitialicious!!! Then we are both goat cheese fans, I love it too, and I find it goes very well with the juicy subtle sweetness of beetroots. Thanks so much, I hope you enjoy it :)


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Gordon. Great! Then it really was the perfect timing! I hope you enjoy the recipe and the sleep health benefits of your increased dietary calcium and magnesium intake.

Wish you longer and better sleep :D


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Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

I love anything with goat cheese, but it never occurred to me to pair it with beetroot. Yet another of your healthy and delicious recipes I look forward to trying!


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Hi, Claudia. This looks absolutely delicious - even to a non-vegetarian like me. The spooky thing is that - apart from rye bread, which I have never seen in the UK - I presently have all these fresh ingredients in the house, right down to the fresh dill! :)

As someone who only manages two or three hours sleep at most a night, I was also more than interested to read about the benefits to sleep patterns. Will definitely be eating more goats cheese and beetroot.

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