Soft Cheese Roasted Beet Salad Paired With Mercator Upper Ridge Marquette

Indulge in a delightful combination of flavours with this Soft Cheese Roasted Beet Salad paired with Mercator Vineyards‘ Upper Ridge Marquette! Featuring tender roasted beets, thinly sliced red onions, baby spinach, chopped walnuts, and crumbled local soft cheese, this salad is tossed in a tangy Honey Balsamic Dressing. It’s a perfect harmony of earthy sweetness and elegance.


8 – 10 Beets, small to medium in size
1/2 cup Water
1/2 Red Onion, thinly sliced vertically
142 g Baby Spinach
2 cups Walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup Local Soft Cheese, crumbled
Honey Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup Olive Oil
2 tbsp Local Honey
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 Garlic Clove, minced
Salt, to taste
Ground Black Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. While oven is heating, wash the beets and trim the stems and bottoms of them.
  2. Drizzle olive oil on beets, then place in a 8×8 baking dish. Add water to the baking dish and cover with foil. Roast beets for 45 minutes or until they can easily be pierced with a fork. Let cool; peel and slice.
  3. While beets are roasting, prepare the Honey Balsamic Dressing by whisking together all ingredients for the dressing.
  4. In a bowl, add sliced, cooled beets and red onion. Drizzle with 1/2 cup of dressing and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 15-20 minutes so the beets absorb some of the dressing and the onions soften slightly.
  5. Place spinach on a serving plate with beet and onions, then sprinkle walnuts and local soft cheese over the top. Add additional dressing if desired.

Wine Pairing

Mercator Vineyards’ Upper Ridge Marquette is both elegant and extremely versatile, making it a great pairing with this fresh, earthy salad.

Local Source Guide

Mercator Vineyards Upper Ridge Marquette: Available at Mercator Vineyards, their online store, or your nearest NSLC or private liquor store.
Produce: Masstown Market, Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stirling Fruit Farms, Uprooted Market & Cafe, or one of the many Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia.
Soft cheese: Annapolis Fine Cheese
Honey: Cornect Family Farm


Recipe provided by: Mercator Vineyards
Photography provided by: Michelle Doucette Photography (

– This recipe is featured in our 2024 Taste of Nova Scotia Culinary Guide

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